WordPress told me that I should get off to a good start by introducing myself and this blog. Well, essentially, this place is just an extension of Instagram and Goodreads. On IG, I participate in Bookstagram, which is a community of book lovers who post about the books they’re reading, merch, challenges, and general bookish news. Of course, there’s a limit to how much you can say on Instagram, so naturally a blog gives you a bit more range!

I’ve been on Bookstagram for a while, but I’ve been reader for most of my life. Having an outlet to talk about books has been a positive influence in my day-to-day activities; I have more motivation to read, and I find out about really great books (and sometimes not great!) to add to a never-ending TBR. Here’s what I’m really into when it comes to books:

  • Books that are set in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. So in short, books set in the United Kingdom;
  • Books that are about any of these countries above or their politics, culture, history, etc;
  • Thrillers, suspenseful fiction, and mysteries;
  • Books set in the Victorian era;
  • Classics, especially British Literature.

If you’ve followed my Instagram, you’d probably notice that I review all sorts of books. I read across all genres, publishers, and authors. Sometimes, I review ARCs and gifted books, which will be noted and always reflect an honest opinion and feedback.

Additionally, I want to sprinkle in reviews of media and bookish merch. I’m a over-consumer of television and movies, and more likely than not, they fit into the above categories set for my fav types of books. As for merch, I sometimes have rep codes available. They’re in my bio on Instagram with direct links to shops.

How I Review Stuff: A Novice’s Guide for Thoughts and Feelings

I am not an expert at picking out breakthrough observations. I’m not a wordsmith, and I definitely don’t think my views are super special. I think the purpose of reviewing books is…

  1. Telling a potential reader what the book is about, what stood out positively, and what sort of content is covered or discussed thematically.
  2. Telling a potential reader what (if anything) I didn’t enjoy about the book in a constructive way which also minimizes spoilers (or at least, if the book is discussed in full, alert the reader of spoilers blatantly so they can choose whether to proceed).
  3. Providing feedback to authors if requested. Most of the time, these books have been through so many reviews, editors, and prying eyes before I pick them up. By then, what I have to say is more of a reaction than advice. However, sometimes special circumstances arise, such as ARCs or unpublished content. In those instances, I think it’s better to be constructive and less public about any possible negative feedback. After all, I want all books to find their target audience.

Anyway, like I said, I’m not someone who has studied the intricate elements comprising the greatest works of literature; I don’t have any special qualifications that make my opinions more valid than anyone else. All I can say is that I’m a reader and a nerd, and I just want to talk about it! So, feel free to follow on Instagram or on this blog, and we can get to it!