Hello, my name is Laureen, and I am a bibliophile.
I’m a 30-year-old single woman, with two great kids, and I love to read. I’ll read just about anything, including the dictionary (which I did once in elementary school because the boys were teasing me for reading all the time, and again in high school when I started a book of really cool words that I liked).
I was the kid in school who was constantly getting into trouble for reading instead of paying attention, and I don’t regret a thing! Of course, now it’s my kids who are the ones in trouble with reading, so my mom tends to laugh at me*. A lot. (Okay, so my daughter is a budding bibliophile and gets in trouble for reading in class, and my son is a reluctant reader unless he’s cuddling with me.)
I started this site as a way to share what I’m reading with the world, instead of annoying my friends and family with my constant ramblings about imaginary worlds. Sadly, my friends and family still have to listen to me ramble, but at least that’s been reduced by 43% (I’m bad at math, so that’s just a guess).
Reviewing books makes me think a bit more about what I’m ready, and forces me to look at why I like or dislike a book, and it keeps me writing. After spending five years at university to get a degree in communications and professional writing, it’s nice to still be doing some writing. I’m also a freelance editor, and looking for a job in my field, so reviewing at least keeps me up to date on what books are out there!
I collect books like my kids collect rocks, a symptom of being a bibliophile. Sometimes it’s because the book has substance and I like the content. Sometimes it’s just because it’s shiny. I have a beautiful copy of Little Red Riding Hood that I bought because it’s gorgeous, from the artwork to the typography. It currently resides on my bedroom bookshelf.
I’m a friendly girl, and I love making friends, especially fellow bibliophiles, so don’t be afraid to comment on any of my posts, or follow me on twitter or Facebook! I promise I don’t bite (much).
Reviews are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with a smattering of other books on other days because I can. And I read a lot.
*My mom (yes, she is one of my followers) laughed at me and wanted me to mention that I also got into trouble for reading at home. Like after I was sent to bed. Every night. It got so bad that my parents constantly threatened to take away my books, and when I pointed out that I had a lot of books, they threatened to steal my light bulbs so I wouldn’t have any light to read by. This was a surprisingly effective threat.**
**Except for how when I really didn’t want them to know I was reading, I would sneak out of bed and lay in front of the door where there was a sliver of light to read by. Sorry, mom!