INFJ, liberal, feminist, atheist. I work in a public library.

I’ve always loved books, trees, mountains, languages, music, different cultures, maps, geography quizzes, art, literary trivia, Super Nintendo, bread, cheese, spicy foods.

Recent (within the past decade) convert to graphic novels, anime, post-90s video games, whiskey, dry martinis, hot sake, Brussels sprouts, profanity, the ocean.

I’m learning Japanese, sooo slowly, but hopefully with more success than when I’ve studied French, Hebrew, and Spanish (all of which I’d still like to speak . . . someday).

I read some of pretty much everything, especially literary fiction in translation. The posts I write here are not real book reviews, at least not always, but I have such a terrible memory that I forget major plot points of even my favorite books within only a few days of finishing them. I started writing about them to help myself remember what I thought (although I only review a fraction of the books I actually read). I use Goodreads religiously to keep track of everything; I have accounts on LibraryThing and Leafmarks as well, but they’re not organized nearly as completely as Goodreads, and at this point it would be way too much work to keep them up to date.

I don’t have much of an internet presence anymore, because I’m a nerdy liberal feminist atheist with severe social anxiety who was an unexamined conservative Christian until her mid-twenties . . . Which means, to make a very long story short, that I don’t really have friends anymore. But I’m still in a few places:

 GoodreadsLibraryThingPinterest. Instagram.

And now I’m here, too. I have another blog where I write about things other than books.

You know how you can get to know someone just by looking at their bookshelves? These are some of my favorites, the ones I love and own, or wish I did. If they’re yours too, how about let’s be friends.


My shows:


And my favorite movies:



10 thoughts on “About

  1. I love your list (and your brilliant introduction). Americanah has to be one of my fav books ever. Oh, and Anne. Where would be all be without Anne and Gilbert. I’ve just started Muriel Barbery’s new one – The Life of Elves. Look out for a review in a couple of weeks!

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    1. Good, I’ll look forward to seeing what you think! I spotted it on a store shelf a couple weeks ago, so it’s on my list.

      I can’t wait for Adichie to write more books; I read all of hers in a few months and I loved them.


    1. For me, dealing with the aftermath is harder—the fact that I don’t belong in my old communities anymore. But I guess mine may have been a more dramatic shift than most people have. Your twenties are definitely the time for that to happen, anyway.

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  2. Just followed you over from your link on Goodreads FAB Club :-). Love seeing all your book covers there. I really must get to Americanah because I absolutely loved Half of a Yellow Sun.

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    1. Yay! I automatically want to say that you’ll love it too, because I loved them both, but I suppose that’s not necessarily true. Americanah is very different, since it doesn’t take place during a war, but if I had to choose between them I would probably prefer it. I love her commentary, as a “non-American Black,” about race in America.

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