Here’s a little background behind this blog. In December of 2017, I was coming off of my fall semester of my 11th year of teaching, and I was feeling drained. I had been an English major who earned her BA and MA degrees in English literature. If you have never majored in this, there is something you should know: reading for fun is not the same as reading to analyze and write. I loved the books I read in my college programs, but I learned the skill of reading with your brain engaged, and it makes your brain hurt at times.
When I graduated, I began teaching college writing, freshman level. For the past 12 years, I have read student writing carefully and provided feedback in the form of response. I’ve read inspired writing and a lot of uninspired writing. Going into that December, the uninspired writing overwhelmed my brain, and I was drained. I was drained from reading, from thinking, and from missing out on reading for fun. So…I decided to go back to a genre of my teenhood: romances. I thought I need to find writing that allows me to feel and turn my brain off, so I started with the 50 Shades books. Why? Because they were a huge hit a few years ago, and I felt I should begin there. I wasn’t disappointed. Erika James’s books allowed me to turn off my overworked brain and just feel for the characters. From there, a very dry part of my soul was whetted, and I thirsted for more, so I kept reading.
Since December (it is now Sept 2018), I have probably read 200 – 250 books. I cannot get enough of them. I have fallen in love with so many wonderful romance authors, Jewel E. Ann being my most favorite to date. However, there are A LOT who are right behind her, too many to list here. I also enrolled in an ARC program through Hidden Gems because I wanted to start reviewing books informally on Amazon. I secretly (or maybe not so secretively) want to become an ARC reviewer for more authors, a beta reader, and maybe even an editor some time. I thought it was time to use my writing skills to really put my reviews out into the Websphere, so I’ve created this space to share my thoughts about the books I’m reading. I do not profess to be an amazing reviewer. I need to grow that skill here. Also, romance novel reading feels like my dirty little secret in the world of academia, so we’ll see if this space stays my hidden dirty little secret or if it will find other’s eyes. Either way, I’m proud of this space. I hope you enjoy it, along with my reviews of the books I am reading.
In love and romance,