About

Hi! I’m Melissa, and I’m the human behind the curtain of Big Dipper Books.

I’m a 25-year-old Alabama native living in Colorado. My day job is writing for a small nonprofit, and my free time is filled with yoga, cooking, reading, and the eternal campaign against the dirty dishes. I studied English in college and I’ll be starting my master’s degree in library science this fall.

I’m married to a business guy who loves ice hockey and not-so-secretly dreams of being a mountain man. We love each other despite the fact that I’m still struggling to enjoy hiking, camping, or snowboarding without having a meltdown.

My faith is the fabric of who I am. It influences everything I do.

Have I mentioned I love books? I love books.

I want Big Dipper Books to be a light—a resource—to help you on your book journey. We’re all busy, and let’s be honest: who really wants to slog through another boring, lackluster book?

I’ve got your back.

So grab a cozy blanket, pour yourself some tea, and and let’s talk books.

5 things I like besides books

  • Hot tea. Lots of it. And sweet tea. Basically tea.
  • Learning new hobbies. I’ve tried everything from pottery to playing piano.
  • Game night. Loveeee board games. Power Grid, anyone?
  • Drama. The TV variety. Downton Abbey, The West Wing, and Sherlock are my faves.
  • Watches. My mom won’t confirm, but I may have been wearing one in the womb.

Favorite books

Disclaimer: This is like asking me to name my favorite kid. Aka, impossible. Here’s my best shot:

  • Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  • And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Persuasion, Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • 11/22/64, Stephen King
  • Commonwealth, Ann Patchett

Favorite series

  • The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
  • The Mark of the Lion, Francine Rivers
  • Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
  • Cormoran Strike, Robert Galbraith
  • 44 Scotland Street, Alexander McCall Smith
  • Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth

If you want to know anything else, just say hello! I’d love to chat.

Why Books?

Read more about why books and faith matter.

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