I am a reader. A voracious, severely addicted reader. I've spent twenty years of my life in school and I've read over 1,100 books. Before starting this blog, I'd been an active member on Goodreads since 2007 and I've amassed over 230 reviews in that time. When I'm not reading, you can find me out and about in Seattle, prowling bookshops and libraries, hanging out with my friends and family, and spending as much time as possible outside.
My reading taste covers most genres but I'd estimate that about 90% of what I read is science fiction, fantasy, young adult, contemporary or paranormal romance, horror, urban fantasy, or literary fiction. The rest is mostly comprised of humor, memoir, and historical nonfiction. At any given time, I am usually in the process of reading a book from the library, a book on my Kindle, and listening to an audiobook.
I often cannot write complete reviews for every book I finish because I read a large quantity of books. During my 5 years on Goodreads I've tried to review most of what I've read but sometimes I end up drawing a picture on MSPaint or creating a graph to express how I felt about a book, its plot, characters, or writing style. While I often discuss critical points, I also add loads of subjective opinions and tangentially-related (if at all related) information.
I am an amateur book reviewer and a dedicated book lover.
My reviewer "career" started on Goodreads, where I've met a great number of passionate and clever readers, Flannery among them, and got exposed to an even greater number of wonderful books.
My favorite books to read are the ones that shock, delight, scare, make me uncomfortable, tickle my imagination, make me think or cry (but not in a Nicholas Sparks way), intense, but non-exploitative books.
There is no particular book genre I prefer. Every one has something interesting to offer. I read classics, UF, sci-fi, historical fiction, mysteries, graphic novels, books in verse, non-fiction, books for teens - as long as they are written well. (YA books are my current obsession.) Romances and popular women's fiction are not of interest to me though.
Reviewing is my hobby. I do my best to be an honest reviewer. I can be critical, but strive to criticize with respect. My reviews are reflective of my personal reading tastes and are in no way objective.
I am a mother of two little girls who reads every chance she gets. This results in a lot of multi-tasking on my part. At any given time, I’m typically reading a book in print, another one on my kindle, and listening to an audiobook.
I started reviewing in late 2010, in part to help myself remember all the books that I’ve read but also because I genuinely love leading others toward their next favorite…or away from their next disaster. I write honest reviews with the aim of providing readers with the information they need to decide what they should or shouldn’t read next. And I understand that one person’s favorite will be another’s disaster.
I read a lot of children’s, middle-grade, and young adult literature because I like to know what’s going to be available for my girls when they grow up and also because I truly enjoy them. I love science fiction, fantasy, classics, literary fiction, historicals, mysteries, and just about anything else you can name. I love sad or ambiguous endings, romances that explore what happens after happily ever after, and stories that feel like reality.
I used to be a major film buff, but I’ve fallen out of that over the years as books have taken over my life. The only loss in my opinion is that books don’t come with soundtracks like movies do. Sometimes I feel compelled to give them one.