About

When I was little and I got in trouble, my mom would punish me by sending me outside to play. If she sent me to my room, it was inevitable that I would get lost among the books and spend hours nestled in my rocking chair, discovering a new story and new friends. A punishment was keeping me away from my books.

Not much has changed. I would rather be reading than doing most other things. And I always, always have a book with me. Out of the many book blogs in the world, thanks for visiting mine. I hope I can help you find something to read, a story to get lost inside, a home between the pages.

I have a pretty broad interest in terms of genres, but the ones you’ll most likely find me reading include:

  • Literary fiction (which covers a wide swath of sub-genres that I love too, like historical fiction and women’s fiction)
  • Memoir
  • Young Adult/Teen fiction
  • Children’s Literature
  • History
  • Biography
  • Classics
  • Mystery/crime
  • Chick lit
  • and the occasional fantasy (though very few and far between)

I detest the “what’s your favorite book?” question, because I can never pick just one. But I can pick a “top five books I’d read over and over again” list.”

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Forever by Pete Hamill
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. A Prayer for Owen Meany  by John Irving
  5. Matildaby Roald Dahl

Now for some background. I’m a single, 20-something editor living in Washington, D.C. I spent about a year and a half as a full-time bookseller at Barnes & Noble, before putting my degree to use as an editor. I’m starting a Master’s in Publishing in Sept. 2011 at George Washington University, and I also have a certificate in Children’s Literature from Penn State. I also enjoy photography and design, though my ability to do either one well is amateur at best. I lust over pretty or interesting book covers and often buy books solely based on their covers (yeah, yeah I know — don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done just that, and it has yet to fail me). Fonts as a design element make me squeal in the most fangirl way ever, and I consider punctuation a hobby.

5 Responses to “About”

  1. justjp July 10, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    Very cool format!

  2. Ken Eason July 13, 2009 at 10:16 am #

    Rachel –

    Your blog looks great.

    Our company has been representing authors for the past twenty years.

    We would love to add you to our database to receive press releases from them regarding books applicable to the genres you review.

    Thank you in advance,

    Ken Eason
    Bostick Communications
    ops@bostickcommunications.com

  3. Aleksandra January 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    i too love fonts as a design element, and punctuation is a hobby for me. glad to know there are kindred spirits on the internet (and in dc).

    aleksandra
    follow our foster: loveandaleash.wordpress.com

  4. Leah April 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Hi Rachel, I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the ABC blogger award!
    http://bookspeakvolumes.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/in-which-i-play-catch-up-blogger-awards/

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