Welcome To The Books And Wine Team, Allison L

Y’all, book blogging is a huge, monumental task to take on by yourself. Like many of you, I bust ass to put out rocking content every single day, occasionally taking a weekend day off or a holiday from posting. Sometimes, I’d like that pressure to ease up. And yo, apparently somebody up in the sky has delivered, because I have a new member joining my team, my very dear friend Allison L.

Friends at Sea World

Is This The Sea World? I'm on the left Allison is on the right with the blonde hair

Okay, so sometimes it is REALLY scary telling people you know in real life about your book blog. And while it is nothing like a baby or anything, I still have that kind of ugly baby fear — you know you get scared people might think your baby is ugly. Or maybe  I am just shallow? ANYWAYS. Allison was one of the first people to read and check out Good Books And Good Wine in my real life. And, what do you know, she’s been very supportive of it, occasionally popping on to comment from time to time. Also, she lets me drag her to book signings and the like. AND when I say OMG OMG OMG READ THIS BOOK, she actually does it. So, Allison and I have been talking and I was like, bro, you are so much smarter than me, what with your master’s degree and all and your sensible way of thinking. And Allison is all like, I know. And I’m like, so will you join Good Books And Good Wine? I would love to have you as a co-blogger. And Allison is all like, LET’S DO THIS. And then she’s like here are some reviews. And I’m like OH MY GOD I HATE YOU. Because she is intelligent with her writing in a way that I am not. And so, I’d love it if you all gave Allison a very warm welcome.

Allison at Disney World

Allison at Disney World

A little bit of background on Allison and I: We’ve known each other since like fifth or sixth grade — elementary school was kind of a blur, when we met at this thing our school did called Saturday Schoolyard. We were both in the program for book lovers. Of course. I vividly remember us reading about Lily’s purple plastic purse. Our friendship solidified throughout the upcoming years as we had similar friends. She did marching band and was actually good at it. I joined too, junior year of high school and was bad at it. We had various adventures including the one time my parents went away for the night and left me with no supervision. Eventually we went to college and Allison transferred over to my college, which let me tell you was AWESOME. I mean, Allison and I had class together and she would often be the one to be like, dude you cannot skip class today! Yep, Allison is responsible and NOT flakey. THEN our friendship went up to the level of 11 when we took a road trip to Florida. And you know how on road trips you either get closer with your friends or you decide you secretly hate them? Allison and I got even CLOSER as friends. Anyways, now that we are adults and living like 45 minutes apart we still get together every now and then and talk books and meet authors and eat awesome food. And so, I can’t think of a better person to invite to co-blog at Good Books And Good Wine than my girl, Allison.

Allison Graduating

Allison The Smart Cookie

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Welcome, Allison! I can’t wait to read your reviews! Do you have twitter as well?

  2. Ah, that’s so exciting! I can’t wait to see what kind of books she likes – and also to meet her!

  3. Well, now I want Alison to be my friend! Looking forward to her reviews. 😉

  4. Welcome, Allison! It’s so neat the two of you are lifelong friends.

    • Thanks for the welcome! April and I have had many adventures together and I’m pretty sure that they are only going to continue now that she has invited me to co-blog with her. I’m excited! 🙂

  5. Any friend of April’s is a friend of miiiiine! WELCOME ALLISON!!

  6. Welcome Allison! Looking forward to getting to know you on here! I’ve only told one person in my real life (vs blogging life) about my book blog – because yeah, you’re right. What if they think my baby is ugly (or dumb or shallow or silly)? I should have more confidence… perhaps in time.

    Again, welcome Allison! April is a fave so I know you will be too!

  7. Hi Allison!

  8. Blogging collectives are one of my favorite things!

    I am stoked that you’re adding another peep to the blog in order to get some more down time or personal time or just zoning out time for yourself. You need that! And I have NO DOUBT Allison will be just as rad as you are.

    I’m with you in the blog being a secret thing. I think partially it’s because I’m nervous they won’t like it (the ugly baby problem) or explaining it seems too dorkish. We are in this together, yo.

  9. OH YAY! Congratulations and welcome and yay!

  10. I think that’s awesome bringing a fellow friend and reader on board! Can’t wait to see what you bring to the blog Allison:)

  11. I can’t wait to finally see some intelligent reviews around here! (kidding).

    But really: welcome, Allison! Awesome name. 🙂

  12. Welcome, Allison!!! I’m always trying to get my 2 IRL besties to write guest reviews for me, but no luck yet. 🙂 I will wear them dowwwwwn!

    • Thanks for the welcome! What can I say? April can be very persuasive, and I’m really excited to be coming aboard and helping her out as her co-blogger. 🙂

  13. YAY! Welcome Allison! Look forward to seeing you both again soon! (maybe next Friday????)

  14. Yay! Grats to you, April, for being big enough to admit that blogging is a lot of work and that you could use some help from a friend, and for getting it! And grats to you, Allison, for being awesome enough to jump right in and join this lovely blog! I can’t wait to read your reviews (of course, with the way April talked you up I’m expecting them to read like an SAT prep session), and hope you have fun here. Cheers!

    • Thanks for the welcome! Don’t worry, I don’t think my reviews will be like an SAT prep session. Or at least I hope not! 😉 Hope you enjoy what I’m able to bring to the blog!

  15. Nice to meet you Allison! Welcome!!

  16. This is awesome, and I’m so glad that you will be having a co blogger to help you out. I can’t even imagine the amount of time it must take to run your blog.

    Looking foward to reading her reviews! infact, I see she may have posted one already.. runs off to check.
    I’ll be sure to leave her obnoxious comments too! lol

  17. Hooray for Allison! Welcome to GB&GW, I’m looking forward to reading your reviews!

  18. Welcome, Allison! Looking forward to seeing your reviews. 🙂 I agree with April, sometimes it’s scary to share your blog with real life friends because you have no idea how they’ll react.