My umbrella hobby is being interested in things: geography quizzes, world history, languages, art, music, comic books, anime, literary trivia, the periodic table. I’m learning Japanese, hopefully with more success than when I’ve studied French, Hebrew, and Spanish (all of which I’d still like to speak).

I read some of pretty much everything, especially international fiction, and I love writing when I have something to write about. Which used to be often, but 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 have many friends anymore. But I’m still in a few places:


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? I’m not going to lie: that’s my favorite part of meeting someone new. So here’s mine.

These are my most favorite books of all time, with my TV shows and movies at the end—in no particular order—the ones I love and own (or need to) and can’t resist touching when I walk past them in the library or the bookstore. If they’re on your shelf too, or if you want them to be, how about let’s be friends.

My shows:

And my favorite movies:

8 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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