About

Christina

Hi! Welcome to my book blog.

In all honesty, I felt a little silly about starting a blog. I’m in my early forties and I thought blogs were something for those younger than me. I love to read and have a lot of friends who also enjoy reading; they often ask for my opinion of books or for recommendations. I was posting my reviews on Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but they did not allow me much flexibility. So my husband recommended a blog. I thought, “What do I have to lose?”

The result is what you now see. I am not flashy, so the style is a bit simple. In addition, I am continually adding to the structure, format, etc, so don’t be surprised if one day you visit and there is a polka dot background or a random page shows up.

All my reviews are based on how much I enjoy a book. I do not rate down for typos, grammatical errors, awkward syntax, faulty science, etc., unless they affect my reading experience in an overly negative way. Also, I primarily read for enjoyment, so not every book I read has to be intellectual or a prize winner.

On the right, you will notice that I list the books I am currently reading and the next in queue. At any given time, I may be reading five or six books at the same time. There are reasons for this. First, I cannot read a scary book at night, and I love scary books. Therefore, I usually have a non-scary book to read before bed. Second, sometimes I review books or beta read for independent authors. While I love doing that, I am not just reading for pleasure, so the process takes a little longer and more brain power. I like to have a light book to read at the same time for when my brain needs a break. Third, I usually listen to an audiobook while I work out. Finally, my daughter is now old enough to read longer books and soon, I will begin reading longer books to my son. I like to read aloud with my children and if my daughter has a book to read as a class assignment, I read it as well.

In 2012, I happily discovered independent authors for the first time. All the independent authors, with whom I have come into contact, greatly appreciate honest reviews of their books. I have been fortunate to discover some really good independent works and would love to help spread the word about them. I am trying to read at least one indie author a month.

Also, while I seem to be reading more, I notice that I am reading fewer books. I discovered The New Yorker recently and my total number of books read has suffered as a result.

I love to discuss books, so if you have read any of the same books as I have, please post your thoughts; I would love to read them.

Last, but not least, I saw someone post this and I thought it was good idea, so I will post my own version of This Reader’s Bill of Rights

1. I reserve the right to read multiple books at the same time.

2. I reserve the right to take as long as I wish to read any given book.

3. I reserve the right to arbitrarily put aside a book without finishing it.

4. I reserve the right to change my ‘to read’ list for any reason that tickles my fancy.

5. I reserve the right NOT to read.

6. I reserve the right to speed read or scan paragraphs if I find the story tedious.

7. I reserve the right to re-read any book I choose as many times as I wish.

8. I reserve the right to change my opinion of a book whenever I want.

That pretty much sums it up. I hope you enjoy my blog. Happy Reading!

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Christina,

    Holly encouraged me to ask if you had read “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver. It is one of my favorite books because it plays with point of view. It tells the story of a baptist preacher who takes his wife and four daughters on a missionary trip to Africa and each chapter is told from either the wife or one of the daughters’ points of view. I would also like to email you about another question I had.

  2. My thanks. Certainly there is no hurry. I’m just greatful, you would take the time to read it. The biggest challenge of self-publishing is getting the word out, so again, a great big thank you!

  3. Ah, Christina, we share similiar feelings about blogging. I’m 60 and just published my first book. The publisher and my kids and their friends all pushed blogging, so here I am. I dont want to be pushy, but if you found the time at some point to review my book I would be thrilled. If not, I certainly wont hold it against you. As a new author I’m just tyring to get the word out. Thank you for your time. The book is “Truth’s Blood” and is available on Amazon as an ebook.

    • Actually, I am working on a requests page and your book is the first one on there. It sounds right up my alley. I do have a bunch of books on my to read list so it might not be right away, but I do plan on reading your book. Thanks!

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