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We talk good books, Broad City, and Instagram with the multi-talented blogger
Book of the Month, James Kicinski-McCoy
At Book of the Month we love speaking with interesting, creative, bookish people. People like James Kicinski-McCoy. James is a writer and blogger, who runs the site Bleubirdblog and the instagram @Bleubird, which has over 240K followers. She's also the co-founder and editor of Mother Magazine, and co-owner of retail shop Two Son. She lives with her husband and four children in Nashville, Tennessee. Read our Q&A below.
You wear a lot of professional hats'”blogging for Bleubird, running and editing Mother Magazine, and also creative directing a clothing store in Nashville, Two Son. What's your favorite role?
That's a hard question to answer because I love them all for different reasons. I am extremely excited about both Mother and Two Son because they're newer and it's so fun to watch them come to life and grow. Bleubird will always be dear to me because it's somewhat of a journal over the past decade and holds so many great memories and photographs and tells a story of growth with my children and also myself.
You seem to have your life pretty put together. Was it always that way?
That question is a funny one because most times, I feel like I am scrambling to get everything done. I believe we all are just figuring it out as we go along and making it work. With social media, it's easy to get caught up in believing others have a perfect life, so I try to just focus on my own. I am so thankful for my husband, kids, and dear friends that keep me sane through all of life's ups and downs.
Who or what do you look to for inspiration?
My family and music. In particular, my John Lennon records.
What's one book you would recommend to moms'”either fiction or non-fiction?
This is a tough one. A few come to mind, but I think if I had to choose just one Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka would be it.
What's your all-time favorite book?
A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.
You've blogged about your love of Broad City, which, as you've highlighted, focuses on a female friendship as the main relationship storyline, rather than other romantic interests or family. Why does this stand out to you as significant?
I love how Broad City displays friendship in a hilariously, positive light. No matter how broke or lost the characters feel, their perfectly-not-perfect friendship stays strong.
You've amassed quite a following on Instagram. Why is this platform so powerful? How did you gain the following that you did?
I hopped onto social media for the same reason everyone else did'”to connect and share photos from my everyday life: time with the family, little things around the house, and special moments. I think people like what they see and find it relatable in some way. There is a lot of power behind social media, which can be good and bad'”I've seen both.
You name a lot of your favorite things. What are your all-time top 5 favorite things?
My family, good food, good wine, good books, and I love a good pair of vintage jeans.
What do you like most about Book of the Month? Ease of books delivered to your door? Reading a book in print? Celebrity judges?
I usually choose a new book based on the suggestions of others, so Book Of The Month is pretty perfect for me. It's exciting to see what titles arrive at my doorstep.