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My name is Jennifer (Jen is fine) and I’m a reader, simple as that. Give me a good book with a strong story and I’m happy. I started my blog in November 2009 but I’ve been posting reviews on GoodReads since April 2007. I chose to start my blog because it looked like fun and I wanted to connect with other readers whom I might not find on GoodReads. I blogged as The Introverted Reader until 2016, then lost my domain through some miscommunication. Life was busy so I moved on but I eventually missed my blog. Life has changed a lot since 2016 and I suddenly find myself with time to spend on my neglected corner of the internet. If you want to know where I was for four years and a bit more about me right now, read my Back to Blogging post.
The Personal Stuff:
I’m a 44-year-old woman from Asheville, NC but I’m currently traveling the United States with my husband, Luis. He’s a traveling healthcare professional. We travel in our motorhome and spend about three months in a city before moving on. We obviously love to travel and we don’t have kids or pets. I am shy (if the name of my blog wasn’t a clue!), but once I get to know you, I actually talk a lot and love to make people laugh!
Genre Preferences and Dislikes:
What do I read? Really, just about anything at this point. My favorite genres are fantasy, historical fiction, Southern lit, general fiction, narrative non-fiction, some crime, and their young adult/middle grade counterparts. I listen to audiobooks and I own a Kindle Paperwhite.
What don’t I read? There are exceptions to all of these, but I don’t read much science fiction; romance, either bodice-rippers or sweet love stories; or non-narrative non-fiction. I am also seldom in the mood for chick lit although I don’t really have anything against it. Because I don’t have children, I rarely read picture books or chapter books.
Why So Many Books on My “Currently Reading” shelf?
I used to be a strictly one-book-at-a-time person; I was afraid I would get stories and characters mixed up. I’ve slowly shifted away from that but my books do have to be pretty different.
- The book I really want to read. This is the one I would be reading if I were still only reading one book at a time. I read it whenever I can: at lunch, on the couch, in the car while my husband’s pumping gas….
- A non-fiction book just before bed. I accepted several non-fiction books for review in 2010 and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed them. I wanted to continue reading them, so this is where I fit them in. I have to admit that I don’t feel like I have to worry too much about falling into the just-one-more-chapter trap when reading non-fiction in bed!
- Audiobooks as I do chores, exercise, and drive around town.
I host the Southern Literature Challenge for a reason. I’ll try not to get up on my soap box here. Briefly, I noticed that authors from the southeastern United States rarely tour outside the South. We are born storytellers here. I want to use my small voice to help Southern authors spread the word about their books outside the South. Give them a try; I guarantee you’ll find something you like. (Incidentally, the same can be said about Midwestern authors, but that will have to be someone else’s fight.)
Update for 2020: I recognize my privilege as a White woman raised in the South. I do try to read books by Black authors and others from diverse backgrounds. If they fit within the scope of this challenge, I have always included them in my Southern Lit reading list. Books by Black authors from the South will give a more complete view of our region’s heritage, both the good and the bad. I encourage you to seek out books written by authors of all backgrounds. If you have recommendations for me, please reach out!
Find out More:
If you want to know more about me, I’ve been interviewed on a few other blogs.
- My Reading Roots interview at Reading Through Life
- My Armchair BEA interview with It’s All About Books
- My Book Blogger Appreciation Week interview with A Musing Reviews
- My Reviewer Spotlight interview at It’s All in the Details
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I rate books on a scale from 1 to 5 stars, including ½ stars.
Unless I state otherwise in my review, I either buy all my books, check them out from the library, or borrow them from my friends and family.
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I have an affiliate relationship with Bookshop.org and Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in beautiful Asheville, NC. I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase merchandise through links on my site. Read more on my affiliate page. My opinions are entirely my own.