I am a fortysomething Canadian who has loved to read since I was
6. I started reading French books and then progressed, at the age
10, to reading English books - which, of course,
offered me a whole
new world to discover. My mother always tells this story of my love
of reading. When
I was 10, my mother would watch me walk back from school, constantly
worried that I would get hit by a car or a bus, because I would be
reading and walking at the same time - and NOTHING could distract me
from the printed page . and.....20 years
later.... When I was 30, my mother would watch me (sometimes)
walk back from
work, constantly worried that I would get hit by a car or a bus,
because I would be reading and walking at the same time - and NOTHING
could distract me from the printed page.... So, reading is in my
blood! which is odd since neither of my parents
I use to read only fiction, but in the last 5 to 9 years, I have
discovered how great non fiction can be and have read quite alot of the
genre. My personal passion still remains chick lit, but I also
great thriller, as well as books on addiction and recovery, YA,
cookbooks, personal finance books and memoirs. The only genres I
really do not enjoy are: westerns, sci-fi and fantasy.
Many people have a specific time in their memories, can
and where they learned to read. I don’t have a specific time or place
in my history that said “This is the moment” since I cannot remember
NOT reading. When I was in Elementary School I begged my older brother,
who was in Junior High School at the time, to check out books for me to
read since I felt I had read anything of interest in grade school. He
used to get razzed for checking out some of the books that his friends
thought were “kinda girly.” He has long since forgiven me.
I am a transplanted Arkansan, by way of California, but originally
from Colorado. Having spent over 61 years in the world, I still feel
that there are not enough hours in the day to read all the books I want
to read! Maybe if I didn’t have to WORK I would have more time to read!
Think I can really get away with something like that? Nah, I didn’t
think so either! So, I will just continue on as I have been…reading
every chance I get and loving every minute of it!
Carianne Carleo-Evangelist is a 2001 graduate of Nazareth College in
Rochester, New York where she majored in Economics and International
Studies with concentrations in Spanish and History. A traveller from a
young age, she took her first overseas trip to Spain in 1996 and
followed that love of travel once she graduated, living in Japan twice,
Australia and Spain. In addition to the extended overseas trips, she
has also enjoyed shorter times in Fiji, the Czech Republic, Austria,
Canada and England. She is now studying for her Masters of Science in
Tourism and Travel Management with a concentration in Tourism
Development at NYU.
This love of travel has spurred a keen interest in travelogues and
cultural non-fiction, whether they be of the author's experiences in
his or her home country or written by someone who has travelled and
wants to share the experience. Recently, she has uncovered a passion
for reading books by those who are seeing the United States through a
foreigner's eyes. There is just something special about seeing a
country, whether it be one you know intimately or one you've never even
thought of, through the eyes of someone else.
Apart from this primary interest, Carianne also enjoys getting lost in
good historical books, memoirs, mysteries or good fluffy fiction,
though school takes up far too much of her reading time. In addition
to her loves of travel and reading, Carianne also has a passion for
languages, computers, photography, writing and her beloved New York
Yankees. For more info on her travels both literary and gobally
go to her site.
I was born in 1940 in Vancouver B.C. as a 5th generation in British
Columbia, the first one of my B.C. ancestors arrived the same year that
British Columbia existed, 1858. Although I was raised in Vancouver, I
am a small-town girl at heart, and now retired, my husband and I live
in northern B.C. and love it. I have been a reader as long as I can
remember; I read to 3 of my 4 younger brothers, my children, and my
grandchildren. I worked at the University of British Columbia for the
last 15 years before I retired as an division assistant to some 20+
professors. My interests are varied from reading and reviewing,
wildlife, fishing (salt water & ice-fishing), music, museums,
travel by car. I’m a "wannabe" writer without a story, so I find
reviewing books a way of dealing with that hunger. I have 3 children
and 4 grandchildren.
My particular interest is mysteries of almost all genres, but also read
a great variety of books both fiction and non-fiction. I even enjoy
young adult and children’s stories. I'm fascinated by forensics,
archaeology/anthropology, medical, and some humour in my books, mystery
or otherwise; in fact about the only ones I don’t really read for
pleasure are modern romance stories.
Many of my reviews are posted on my blog R&B:
Read & Blog
Susan Helene Gottfried began reading at an early age, and fell in love
with rock and roll shortly after. As a way to meld the two, she writes
fiction about rock stars and the people who help make it all possible:
roadies, radio people, promoters. She is currently shopping her first
novel, Trevor's Song, and can be found online at http://www.westofmars.com
a more interactive experience, at her blog, http://westofmars.blogspot.com
(We even have a great interview with Susan here
I’ve always had the dream of becoming an author someday,
particularly for children and youth, and reading has been another
I’ve written poems and stories from the time I learned to read and
write. I knew a career dealing with these elements was the only choice
for me. I started at my high school newspaper, moved to college
publications and then local newspapers becoming a Lifestyles Editor.
I’ve written human interest and feature stories as well as a variety of
reviews from books to musicals.
I enjoy a variety of genres but, children’s-themes, fantasy,
mystery/thriller and spiritual would be my top favorites.
As a Hoosier (Indiana native and resident), I enjoy the outdoors and I
am a family-oriented person. I am happy to still live near my immediate
family and now have a family of my own with a preschooler son and an
Literature is my one true passion in life. I love reading it,
writing it, and reviewing it.
I have a Media Communications degree from Webster University, and I
graduated from The Institute For Children’s Literature, where I studied
under award winning author Kirby Larson. I live in Missouri,
which is also where I was born and raised. My favorite types of
books are picture books, and middle grade or young adult books that are
either funny or scary. When not reading or writing, I will most
likely be exercising, shopping or spending time with my family and
I have had one middle grade novel, Hickory and the Big Clock,
published. If you're interested in checking it out, you can find
it at bn.com
Araminta Star Matthews
Araminta holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Creative
Writing. She currently teaches creative, professional, and
college writing for the Maine Community College System, and women's
studies for Central Maine College of Nursing. In addition to
educating, she is a freelance writer for various creative and
professional publications and, oddly enough, various catering
companies. In her spare time, she produces non-profit, social
justice theater to raise money and awareness about climate changes and
catastrophes, domestic and sexual violence, and gender identity.
She lives in warm and fuzzy Maine with her overly plump cat, Pandora,
and her life partner, Abner.
Jim Melcher is
Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, Maine, where he has taught since 1999.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, he is a
graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the University of
he received his Ph.D. in 1995. He has won six teaching awards,
including two at
UMF. His book reviews appear in several scholarly journals, and include
of The Anarchist: A Novel, American Elites and
Strange Deaths of President Harding.
He has also published his own writing in such journals as PS:
Political Science and Politics, Journal of Economics and
Review of Politics and The Southern Maine Review. He has
in Who’s Who in America and is an active member of the
community. He and his wife, Nancy Finnegan, live in Augusta, Maine.
Ashley A. Merrill (maiden name is Denis)
I’ve been considered the “odd” child my whole life. In every
picture you will ever see of me, from when I am the age of two, until
have a book in my hand. I carry one in my purse everywhere I go just in
I’ll have time to read a page or two! Odd, I know. I figure if I
that habit now at the age of 22, I my as well come to peace with it and
I am a recent graduate of the University
with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am currently employed
as a residential crisis worker. I
work in the adult crisis houses in Waterville
, as well as
crisis unit in Winslow.
I am interested in every genre of books, except
and religious; I leave those subjects up to my husband to deal with! I
love to write, so being a reviewer just plain fits!
Catch up with me on my blog- Ashley's Booktopia
Ok, not one to talk about myself this is going to be short.
I started reading when I was two, and haven’t stopped since. I
sci-fi or fantasy, but have been known to enjoy the occasional murder
or comedy. Actually, I’ll read pretty much anything if it’s
As a reader, I try to be fair and unbiased in my reviews,
whether the author is new or well-established. I’ve found that some of
books come from newer, fresher writers like Erin Durante. Some of my
favorites are Peter F. Hamilton, Tad Williams, and Robert Jordan (RIP,
brother). But no one compares to my all-time fave, Edgar Allen Poe.
Enough about me, let’s talk about you for a while. For those
who would like to contact me, you know; authors, publicists, critics,
or stalkers, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
She has been reading as
long as she can remember. She was the older kid that read the younger
kids their library books on the bus while going to school. She is
currently a perpetual student with the goal of some day being able to
introduce the joy of literature to young children as they learn to read.
Jenny Reviews for Front Street Reviews, Armchair Interviews and
occasionally for the HarperCollins FirstLook program. You can see what
sorts of books she has been reading on her blog, Confessions of a Literary
I grew up in North Jersey
paved it and had access to all of New York City’s
great attractions. When I married 30+
years ago, I unknowingly agreed to crisscrossing the country with my
Paul: New Jersey,
and Arizona, which is
plan to stay because our two daughters and granddaughter live here.
I have a few years of college, but I am largely
I go from reading about
the Air War in Europe
in World War II to Pride
Prejudice to mysteries.
For four months,
I came close to not reading anything at all because I decided, at the
50, that I needed to take an algebra course.
Before children, I worked as a legal secretary; after children,
as Special Education assistant before retiring to write the Great
In 2007, I published my first novel, Pemberley
During the winter, I
worked on the book in
the Valley of the Sun.
temperatures hit the triple digits, I loaded up the thumb drive with
draft and headed to the High Country near Flagstaff
where we have a summer home.
I am writing a sequel.
Stay tuned. www.pemberleyremembered.com
I'm a full-time retail manager, full-time homeschooling mother,
full-time wife, and full-time student. Most importantly, I'm a
full-time reader! My passion for reading has led me to the review
world. I've written for Amazon and First Look previously. My mother
inspired a book addiction in me, and I've never been able to control
it. I love sharing good literature with my family and I love the hunt
to find good literature. I'm a bit of a nonfiction nerd, but nothing
is off-limits around me. The scarier and more controversial, the
More reviews can be found at Breeni Books