Hi all, my name is Stephanie!
I just turned forty, am happily married to an amazing man, and have 3 wonderful kids. I also have my Master’s degree in English and Comparative Literature with specializations in British Literature, Cultural Studies, and Rhetoric and Composition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a minor in History. I’m a senior college professor and have been teaching British, American, and Contemporary literature for 15 years and am currently attending online classes to finish my Ph.D. in English Literature with a concentration in Literary and Cultural Studies and Linguistics and Literature. Balancing my family, teaching, and school is a crazy ride for sure! At times, I feel like I’m living out some wild, fictional storyline but no, that’s just my life, and I love every moment of it!!
My favorite thing in the world is to read!! When I’m not in school, I probably average reading 4 or more books a week, but I always feel like that’s never enough! I’d probably stay curled up on my couch reading a good book and drinking cup after cup of hot tea or coffee (depending on my mood 🙂 ) if I could get away with it, which is partially why I started this blog! I’ve been keeping track of all the books that I have read on Goodreads for several years, but I just started reviewing them instead of just rating them since I also love to write. Secretly, I have always wanted to write a book but besides a bunch a creative writing, journals, and things for school, I’ve never had the time…I should say made the time. Maybe one day I will!
Anyway, I thought I would create this blog to have a place to share all my reviews and have them all in one place! I also am an Educator reviewer for both NetGalley and Edelweiss and have been reviewing books on those sites for work before I started my blog, which I love since it gives me the wonderful opportunity to read and review more books, but my blog gives me a place to write my reviews for all the books I read that are not textbooks or educational reads…I’m sure no one wants to read those but me! Plus, I’m hoping to meet a lot of people like me in the blogging community who love to read and understand why books are my passion!
I hope that you will join me as I share my book reviews of not only brand new fiction that is about to be published or has just been published, some fiction that is fairly new (and waiting on my “to be read” list), and some of my favorite older fiction, whether they be from decades past or my beloved classics. I’ll also be occasionally sharing my thoughts and contemplations about life in general, living my day to day life with fibromyalgia-a chronic daily pain disorder that has severely impacted my life, parenting two teens and a 7 year old, marriage, and the ups and downs of balancing family, work, and school! Please join me as I share my life’s journey not only through the joys of reading and my beloved books but also through the adventures of my crazy but oh so, wonderful life….
**I am currently not taking review requests at this time due to the large volume of review books that I have now. Thank you! **
BOOK REVIEW POLICY
Please Read Before Sending Me a Review Request:
Currently, I am accepting ARCs and finished book copies in either hardback or paperback format although I will accept some e-books; please no pdf files. Although I would love to be able to accept all requests for book reviews, that is just not possible since I have many other books that I am currently reading for review. Thank you for understanding.
I promise to give you a completely honest and unbiased review and all opinions are my own. I also reserve the right to not finish the book if I find that I’m not interested in it at which time I will contact you and send you proper feedback. At no time will I review or post a review about a book that I did not finish or that I gave a star rating that was 2 star of below. I will provide you, either the author or publisher, with plenty of feedback for why I DNF a book, which I rarely do or why I gave it a 1 or 2 Star rating, but I will not share that information publicly since I consider those to be very negative ratings and although I will include negative information in my reviews, my goal is to try to provide the most positive, honest feedback and reviews that I can at all times.
You can reach me through the Contact Page on my blog if you have any books that you would like me to review. Please let me know a little bit about the book, preferably attach a link if possible. Also, if you have a timeframe you want the book reviewed, please let me know that as well in your email request, and I will try to accommodate. Otherwise, the time it takes me to read and review the book will vary. Also, although I would like to be able to respond to every email review request that I receive, that is simply not possible since I receive a very large volume of emails throughout the day. I do check my email if not daily every other day and try to respond as I can. Again, though, I simply do not have time to answer every email. You will get a response if I am interested in reviewing your book. Thank you for understanding!
These are the genres that I prefer to read and review, and I will always give a fair, honest, and unbiased review that is entirely based on my own opinions and thoughts:
- Psychological Thrillers/Mild Horror
- Crime Fiction
- Women’s Fiction (along the lines of Jodi Picoult, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Jane Green)
- Fantasy/Paranormal (along the lines of the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series, JK Rowling Harry Potter, the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, and the Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead)
- Some Young Adult
- Historical Fiction
- Some Romance (along the lines of Jojo Moyes and Emily Giffin)
- Some Memoirs (similar to The Glass Castle and When Breathe Becomes Air)
I will not be able to properly review the following genres of books since they are not books that I typically read, so please do not ask me to review them as I will automatically say no:
- Horror (Stephen King type)
- Science fiction
- Religion, Spirituality & New Self-help
Feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions!