| ABOUT |

I have loved books for as long as I can remember. In fact, if you visit my mother's house, you'll see a picture of me on the wall, aged 3, hugging a book tightly with a blissful expression on my face. Not much has changed.

If you visit my own house now, you will leave with the general impression of your average apartment... hidden somewhere under a huge mountain of books. This, to me, is home. 

While I was at university completing my degree in Communications and Anthropology I was lucky enough to review books for (and eventually act as Books Editor for) Press+1, an online arts and entertainment website. It was fantastic - not only because it was a great opportunity to work with a wonderful, smart and talented group of people, but because I got FREE BOOKS! When you're a student and a bibliophile, this is the dream.

After awhile, however, I started wishing I could share some of my favourites that weren't brand new, as well as the new releases I discovered while writing for the site. So I decided to embark on a new book project - my very own book blog where I could share reviews of some oldies as well as the new releases, talk about books, share inspiring links and photos and just generally indulge my bibliophilia! This is that blog.

Welcome to my bookish world!

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For info on my review policy and how to get in touch with me, go here.

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My Rating System:

Rating books is really hard. The only reason I do it is that I know some people don't want to read a whole detailed review. They just want to know if I thought a book was good or bad.

I started out with a 5 tiered rating system, but I found that it was really hard not to give a ton of half points, so I moved to 10. Still playing around with it and might go back, though! For now, here's roughly what my rating system tells you:

DNF - I didn't finish this book. This doesn't necessarily mean the book was bad - more often than not it just means I did a magpie and a newer, shinier book grabbed my attention. I may go back to it later. 
1 - I hated this book. Nothing about it worked for me.
2 - I didn't like this book, but I didn't totally hate it.
3 - This book was pretty "meh."
4 - This book could have been okay, but there was that ONE major thing that completely wrecked it for me.
5 - I kind of liked this book, but overall it was just average. I probably won't remember reading it a year from now.
6 - I enjoyed this book, but not enough that I'll re-read it or rave about it incessantly.
7 - This book was good, but didn't blow both of my socks off.
8 - This book was a really good book, but isn't in my hall of fame. Missing a little something. (Often applies to books that are great within their genre - like mystery/thriller/dystopia - but don't have a character or plot that made me cry and want to start it again the second I finished it.)
9 - This was an all-around excellent book, one that I'd have no hesitation recommending and am really happy I read.
10 - This book is a favourite, one that changed my world and will be re-read over and over again. These books are really, really rare. It has to be a book that works in all areas - characters I fell in love and identified with, a plot that totally drew me in, usually some good humour and excellent writing style/grammar.

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P.S. One thing to note is that while I review a fair number of Young Adult books, this isn't a YA-dedicated blog. I have wide-ranging tastes that include everything from YA to Erotica, and I'll review any and all books that strike my fancy. This means that I'll occasionally review books that contain adult content, though I'll try to keep the reviews less so. I also enjoy swearing, and shit ain't gonna change. Fair warning! 

P.P.S.  As a (relatively) young professional who works full time and commutes 2 hours a day, I don't always have as much time to read - or blog - as I'd like. I do my best to keep the content flowing, but please be patient and bear with me if I don't have anything new to post for awhile here and there!  

P.P.P.S. Except for images I have taken myself or been provided accompanying a review copy of a book, all images on this blog are found using Google Image Searches or via Goodreads. If you see an image to which you own rights on my blog and would like it removed, please contact me and I will do so immediately.

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