I am a mid-twenties paraprofessional in the library field, and I have been a voracious reader since I began reading as a child. In college, I studied History and English, majoring in the former and minoring in the latter. I've studied classic novels and contemporary literature, and as a general rule, those are the books I read. I've been known to delve into chick lit as well, though. It's less ridiculous than traditional romance novels, but still light enough to provide a bit of escapism. I also love historical fiction. It may not always be historically accurate, but it always allows me to indulge my mutual love of History and English.
I began this blog in early 2005 as a supplement to my original, everyday journal, which can be found at shootingstarr. My early posts were sporadic, with minimal reviews. The blog sat largely dormant throughout 2006 and 2007, until I joined Library Thing and discovered an active community of people who blogged about books. It reignited my interest in book blogging, and 2008 has been my most active year to date.
A reader of this blog can expect the following things: -Sunday Salon posts -Progress reports for various reading challenges -Book Reviews -General Library Thing obsession
I rate books on a five-star scale, and also use half stars. A five star book is a well-written book I will recommend to just about everyone. I generally don't rate books as being less than three stars, because I tend not to finish books I don't enjoy. Also, each book is subjective. For example, when I rate young adult novels, I rate them in comparison with other young adult novels, not necessarily in comparison with great literature.
Many of the reviews I post contain links to Amazon, and are embedded with an Amazon Associates ID number.
I am also available to review books for publishers and authors. Please contact me at readingandruminations AT gmail DOT com for further information. In addition to posting my reviews here, I also post them on LibraryThing, and have reviewed books for their early reviewer program.
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I have a wide variety of interests when it comes to the books I read, but they can, for the most part, be boiled down to four categories: classic literature, literary fiction, historical fiction, and young adult novels. I do read other things, including non-fiction, but I find myself turning to those four categories most. For a more complete picture, see my Library Thing catalog.