About This Blog

I'm a librarian and, back when I was taking library science courses (yes, there is such a thing), one of my favorites was Readers' Advisory. I started this blog as both a way to encourage myself to continue thinking about books the way that course taught me and as a way to keep track of the things I've read and watched and what I thought about them.

Although I think of my reading tastes as being fairly varied, I do tend to read a lot of romance and books with heavy romantic subplots. I also read a lot of Japanese manga. As far as my viewing tastes go, I mostly watch Japanese anime.

If I review something I've received for free from a publisher or author, I'll say so in my post. Almost all of the things I review were purchased by me, checked out from the library, or freely available online. I cross-post my book reviews on BookLikes and LibraryThing. I also cross-post on Smashwords and, sometimes, All Romance Ebooks. Sorry, I don't post my reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and have stopped posting any new reviews on Goodreads (see this post for an explanation).

My post structure has changed over the years, but I usually start with a review, a synopsis, and then an annotated list of read-alikes/watch-alikes (similar books, movies, etc.). I now try to include as few spoilers as possible or at least give spoiler warnings, but many of my earlier posts have lots and lots of spoilers.

On the top right side of my blog, you can look for posts by types and formats, titles (for manga/anime, movies, and TV shows only), and authors (for books only).

(Last updated 8/30/2014)


  1. Hello, I came across your blog as thought you may be interested in mine samuelkaye@blogspot.com.

    I will subscribe to yours for reviews however I must admit I don't update mine that frequently.

    1. I don't usually link to author sites/blogs, unless they have a lot of posts about books/reading in general. I'll check out your excerpts, though - if they appeal to me, $0.99 is definitely a nice price for the book. :)

      Thanks for visiting, and I wish you luck with your writing!

  2. Hi!

    I was wondering if you take any requests to review series? I came across your blog as I was wondering whether Pandemonium (graphic novel by Chris Wooding) had a sequel. I loved your refreshing and interesting review. I also am very ecstatic that you happen to review manga/anime as well. I love manga!

    Now, back to my first question in regards to whether or not you are taking requests, because really, I'd like you to read maybe a smidgen of Code: Breaker by Akimine Kamijyo. It's a really nice manga as it may be shonen, but has a wonderful female lead. Currently, the manga is on chapter 187, and an anime is coming out in October. I'm not sure if you'd mind reading just a bit of it? I'd really like to hear your point of view on this series.

    Thanks so much. :D Keep up the amazing work.
    I love reading your reviews!

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you like my reviews! I think yours might be the first non-publisher review request I've gotten. Code: Breaker wasn't on my radar, but I'm willing to give it a shot. I've requested the first volume via ILL - it might be a while before it comes in and I get around to it, but I'll do my best.

  3. Do you have an email address where you accept review requests? :)

    1. Not at the moment, no, although I keep tossing around the idea of setting up a review request page with contact info. For the most part, what I review is stuff I've either purchased, checked out from the library, or picked up at library conferences.

  4. Greetings!
    You were kind enough to review my first book, You Want Fries With That?
    My new book is now on Amazon, and I'd be pleased to send you a review copy if you wish.
    The title is Dispatches Along the Way: An American Humorist Staggers Across Spain in Pursuit of Happiness, Truth, and a Cold Beer.
    Many thanks!
    Prioleau Alexander
    PS My apologies about the public posting. Couldn't find a contact link.

    1. No problem! I don't have contact info on my blog for multiple reasons, one of them being that I don't normally take review requests. I'm awful about reading specific books in a timely manner, and it doesn't seem fair to accept a review request for something I may never get around to reading. I don't even request ARCs very often for that reason.