Stray books, stray animals – it’s really hard for me not to bring strays home. I am, dare I say it, a book hoarder. You ever been to a thrift store with shelves upon shelves of old books being sold for only a quarter? I have probably spent at least $50 in those stores. That’s 200 books. 200 BOOKS!?! Add that to the hundreds of books I already own and I have a library to rival the Beast’s! (That is, once I get enough shelves…) The problem is, I don’t think I have read a single one of them. You see, I have a nasty habit of going back to the same old books and series I love – Anna Karenina, Harry Potter series, anything James Patterson, Hunger Games trilogy, Shatter Me series. Notice any trends? That’s right. I have a thing for Young Adult dystopias. There is something about a young person exploring their identity in a world of suspicion that just gets me going. As a matter of fact, I wrote a senior capstone (which is basically a mini dissertation) on the struggle of YA dystopian characters to find their authentic self and how that struggle relates to readers.
But enough about my reading habits, let’s talk about me. I am Heather, and aside from being a lover of all things stray, I am also afraid of balloons, trailer bathrooms, and dogs that I have not met yet. (Ironic, right?) My more redeeming qualities are that my sarcasm has no filter, I skipped The Sorcerer’s Stone the first time I read the Harry Potter series, I hate all things Nicholas Sparks and only read him when begged to by my grandmother, and I am currently a member of Grammar Nazis Anonymous. (I’ve only completed the first two steps. I cannot quite hand over my compulsion just yet.)
Though I love to travel, most of my adventures come through the books I read. But what are books if you only love and experience them alone? My hope is that this blog will be engaging and thought provoking, as well as a chance to talk books with you! I will do my best not to give away spoilers in my reviews, but I make no promises on the comments. Usually I ask a question at the end of each review, something that came to mind and I want to hear from others on, but please feel free to post any thoughts you have on the book in the comments! (But please, let’s all be civil.) Occasionally, you will see a movie review because some movies are just that interesting, or the movie is a film adaptation of a book I have read.
So make yourself at home. There’s tea and coffee in the kitchen, and knowing me I probably have a slough of baked goods on the counter. And if you have any books or movies you’d like me to review, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org!