The last time I updated this page was....when I first started this blog.
So, let's do a rewrite. (As of June 18th, 2013.)
My name is John, and I like reading. A lot of reading. In fact, I've had this book blog since, oh, three years ago when I was going into my sophomore year of high school. I'm now going into my freshman year of college - Ithaca College, specifically, as a student of the Roy H. Park School of Communications. I'm majoring in marketing, but that could easily change in the next few years as I continue to figure my life out. I'm a member of the Honors College and am one of 11 Park Scholars for the Class of 2017. The goal is to eventually become an editor for fiction - either YA, NA, romance, or something of that sort - and maybe a writer, too. Right now, I am currently an editorial assistant at Spencer Hill Press and also occasionally review for other websites.
Or I could sit around and eat chocolate. I like that idea, too. I'm also a fan of anime, nostalgic 90's/early 2000's cartoons, manga, video games of the Japanese RPG variety, nature, long walks, and other such things.
If you're looking this up and are interested in what I read as a blogger for review-request purposes, but do not want to pour through my reviews to find that out for yourself, I will list any and all genres that I actively read and care about in a way that would make for good blogging: YA and NA (young adult and new adult) with crossover novels accepted, romance (save for inspirational romance), the occasional piece of literary/contemporary adult fiction, and some nonfiction and MG (middle grade) works. My biggest goal is to showcase books that involve LGBTQ characters, especially ones in non-coming out scenarios. Really, that interest extends to anything that isn't hetero-normative and cisgender. Sexuality and gender are both extremely diverse fields that need to be represented in fiction, especially fiction for teens and preteens. I also like to read books with PoC protagonists and non-western cultures.
Basically, I like different. Some of my favorite authors include Hayden Thorne, Julie Kagawa, Rae Carson, Claudia Gray, Jennifer Echols, Nick Burd, Sarah Morgan, Judith McNaught, Thea Harrison, Tamara Allen, Heidi Cullinan, Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane, and...well, you get the idea. I like a variety.
Here's it all in list form for those who aren't bothered to read this, too:
- Books featuring LGBTQ characters and themes - non-coming out stories particularly
- YA, NA, MG, romance, literary/contemporary adult fiction, urban fantasy, and occasional nonfiction/memoir
- Books with PoC characters and non-western cultures
- Books that are non-heternormative and non-cisgender
- Subgenres that include contemporary, science-fiction, paranormal, fantasy, erotic, and historical
- Self-published, indie-published, and small-press books
- Ebooks (though not Netgalley ones until otherwise stated)
- Most inspirational/deeply religious books
- Books that give negative messages involving sexuality, gender, equality, etc.
- Most mystery/thriller novels, picture books, westerns, war novels, epic fantasy novels, etc. (there are always exceptions - this rule goes for the Will Read column, too.)
- Books that are poorly edited, marketed, pitched, etc.
My email is: dreaminginbooks AT gmail DOT com
You can also find me on Twitter as @dreamingreviews