For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with books and the journeys on which they take us, and for more than a decade I have been working in the bookselling and publishing industry in some capacity or other.
Technically, I am a writer, though in our modern age it can be so hard to find the time to encourage the creative facets of oneself.
In my working life with books I have worked as a reviewer, territory manager, bookseller, and am in the process of building my own bookselling business, and am a qualified editor who has helped self-publishing authors get a better handle on the process. I also work as a nanny, and share a range of titles with these kids, which often gives me unflinching insight into how well a book did what it set out to.
Though I tend to gravitate towards speculative fiction and young adult titles, I will read and enjoy anything that is well written. If it’s poorly written I am more likely to set it aside unfinished, but whatever the outcome of my experience with a story, I pride myself on my honest reviews.
Recent events in my non-reviewing life have made me reassess some of my preferred genres, especially in regards to my ability to handle gore, violence, and confronting themes. I have always loved it when a book confronts and challenges me, but I’m currently trying to feel my way, gently, back into those genres.
This blog is to keep a clear record of my reading journey as I work my way back from trauma.