I work at a mid-size public library branch in Ontario, Canada.  We are located in a recreation centre and thus deal with a wide range of books and readers, from the very young to the very old.  My background is in history and archives, and outside of the bookish realm, I dabble in genealogy, baking, writing, gardening, hiking, and (most recently) jewelry-making.

I started this blog over a year ago, but after an extended break, I'm back!  I'm slowly finding my groove - and have decided (with a page taken from A Girl and Her Books) to go back to the basics.  Though I will be challenging myself with various reading challenges (detailed at Jenn's Reading Challenges), they are personal lists of subjects and genres in which I want to read (or read more in).  I like to write - both creating stories as well as the at of writing itself.  Thus, I also have a real journal, in which I scribble most of my thoughts about books read.  Eventually, those thoughts will make their way onto Once Upon a Time, but for now, my blog and my journal are separate (though compatible) entities.   

What I Read (and What I Don't)

I prefer (but do not limit myself) to read and review books in the genre's of non-fiction, romance, fantasy, and mystery, regardless of age category (adult, teen, or children).  I also read graphic novels (included manga and traditional comic books) and picture books.

Though I am fairly open to any genre, I tend to steer clear of literary fiction, Christian fiction/non-fiction, memoirs, and self-help.  I can pretty much guarantee that books in these genres will not get the attention they deserve from me.

I (try to) review all books that I read, even if the book itself did not appeal to me.  However, I realize (as a aspiring novelist myself) that each and every book contains an author's heart and soul.  Even if the book is not to my liking, I try to find something that is positive, such as the writing, the message, or who the more appropriate audience would be.

Contact Information

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