Angie

Who am I? Well, I’m aa English Major who is addicted to the internet, romance novels, fanfiction, writing, British culture and not necessarily in that order! It took me a few years to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up. One day maybe I’ll have a real career!

When not reading for class I like to snuggle up with a cup of Earl Grey and a romance novel, the more historical, the better! My long neglected husband shakes his head when I finish one, which is usually a few hours or a day after I began reading. While I do enjoy all forms, from all time periods, I love the Regency ones the best. Thanks Jane Austen! Historical novels are a must for me, so I read them when I’m not involved in a romantic one, although there are good historical ones too! I’m also a gothic novel nut, thanks to an English Literature professor a few semesters ago. Mystery has always been a first love for me, and the gothic novels give me the best of both worlds, time eras long gone, and the mystery and suspense I grew up with while reading Nancy Drew.

I am neither an accomplished literary writer or critic, I am not a published author, and likely never to be, but I love to read. I grew up watching my Mom read the little paperback romance novels that are on the spinning rack at the local library and sneaking a peek at them when she wasn’t home. I remember spending summers with my Grandmother and riding my bicycle to the public library to check out Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion books (of which there are more than just the two they made into movies, btw!) and wanting a horse of my own.

So, those are my qualifications to be a reviewer of the romance novels we all love. I will tell you if I laughed, cried, boo’d, or fell in love or lust with a character, or if I downright hated the entire thing! I hope you enjoy and maybe pick up a book to read yourself!

Debra
My father’s words about reading resonate to this day. His comment? “You can go anywhere, do anything by reading a book.” And who wouldn’t enjoy that freedom?  I have a double BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies and an MBA in Marketing. I’ve worked as a copy writer, copy editor, marketing communications specialist, market research analyst, and an office manager. I read the New York Times front page to back (I’m a bit neurotic about that actually. Just ask my delivery service what happens if they miss a copy), subscribe to too many magazines, and I’ve been known to spend entire days off staring at the written word, to the detriment of everything else I have on a to-do list. My taste in books runs from contemporary and period romance to biographies,  to any book by James Michener, David McCullough or more recently, Diana Gabaldon and Bill Bryson.  I’m not a major fan of science fiction or mysteries (so you won’t read any reviews of mine in those genres).   When my head is not buried in some type of publication or my eyes are not affixed to my Nook,  you may find me glued to my laptop tweeting or catching up with friends on Facebook. You’ll also find me editing for some very talented, budding authors of original fiction. I wouldn’t be surprised if the reviews of those books make it to these pages in the future, after they are published. Eventually, I’d like to return to editing on a full-time basis. We’ll see how that goes. As for my reviews, I’ll try to keep it short and simple. If I like a book, you’ll know it pretty much right away. Hopefully, any reviews I write will help you decide whether you want to invest your own time. But I’d love to know if you agree or disagree with my opinions.

Donna

I’ve been described as a “voracious reader” but in my case that’s a gross understatement. To me, there is nothing more enjoyable (really, nothing – nope, not even chocolate!) than curling up in my flannel jammies with a teacup and a good long read. By the way, the longer the book, the better. If I’m going to be transported to a different place and time, I want it to last.  I have a habit of getting so involved in a book that I tend to finish a novel in one sitting. I enjoy all types of books, but spend a good deal of time  reading historical novels, romance being the genre of choice. But I also enjoy a good biography once in awhile, especially if the subject lived sometime in the 19th Century. I remember reading the World Book Encyclopedia and the dictionary while growing up. Old habits die hard, apparently, and I still browse the dictionary when I have some time and I find the online encyclopedias to be pretty engrossing as well. I read so much that after spending $3,000 on Lasik surgery, I’m back in contacts and glasses. But the sacrifice is worth it.

My love of the written word extends to a desire to do some writing of my own and I derive a lot of satisfaction from working on these personal creations every now and then. Perhaps one day, someone will be reviewing my book. Now won’t that be cool beans!

Right now, I am in what I consider to be the best decade of my life (when you get there, you’ll know what I mean) and a long time ago, I went to school, picked up a BA in, of all things, Anthropology (think museum curator). I didn’t go down that path, but nonetheless wound up in a good place professionally. When I’m not at work, I’m usually home, clutching my Kindle or online Tweeting or Facebooking (new verbs!) with my wonderful cyber-friends and family. And on a rare occasion, I manage to bestow some attention on my long suffering husband.

The point of this labor of love is to steer you in the direction of a great read. I want to spread the word as far as I can about a book or author that I’ve read and enjoyed. It makes my fun last just a little bit longer.

1259177198_lKortnee

I cannot remember a time in my life that I haven’t loved books above anything else. When I was a child I carried around J. M. Barrie’s, Peter and Wendy, like other children carry around stuffed animals. As I have grown, I still carry around books, but my tastes have expanded beyond flying children and pirates (though I still love them!). These days you can find me reading almost anything, except mystery, because I’m just not a fan.

My favourite author is Jane Austen. My nana bought me an illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice when I was seven and I’ve been in love ever since. From that, I’m sure you can guess my favourite book. Though in case you would like a little more insight, I have three lists to help you out.

My top five books are: Pride and Prejudice, A Separate Peace, Game Over, The Monday Horses, and Atonement.

My top five authors are: Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Jane Green, Adele Parks, and Henry James.

The five books that I keep next to my bed at all times: Pride and Prejudice, Letters from Lord Nelson, Riders, Jemima J, and The Pickwick Papers.

Ok, so now a little bit about the other side of me. I have a BA in both Communications and French with a minor in Print and Publishing. I will soon be an elementary school teacher (it only took me 27 years to figure that out). Besides reading, I love to ride (I’m an Eventing girl), play tennis, and travel. I spend a lot of my time online. Where I’m sure you’ll never guess what I do so I’ll just tell you…I read. I mainly read Jane Austen fanfiction (which I will review for you from time to time).

So, that is a bit about me. I hope you enjoy my reviews. I’ll let you know what I love, what I don’t love, and everything in between. Please feel free to comment. Whether you agree or disagree, I would love to hear from you. Enjoy!

Lindsey

“Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. And it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” -Marilyn Monroe

Just a little insight to the world of Lindsey. And what a world it is! I’m a 22 year-old college student majoring in business administration who just trying to find her niche in the cosmos. I’ve been told I’m a loud and outgoing person (lol) but I also have the quiet side not to many people see. I love to read, with a zeal that can be hard to keep up with up sometimes, which is funny considering my grandmother didn’t think I’d make it past kindergarten because I kept saying I would read when I was ready. I read almost every genre…well, almost every. The notable exception is romance (ironic, I know, considering the general theme of this blog!) I’m especially addicted to dark comedies, French, English, and Russian histories and fiction, and mystery thrillers (although I’m very particular),

When I’m not studying myself into a stupor or hopelessly lost in a book, I try to spend as much time as I can with my family and friends. I’m also obsessed with shopping, English soccer (Liverpool all the way!), aimlessly wandering the information super-highway, tattoos, randomly bursting into song, and being a rookie conservationist.

I’m not a professional writer or critic, and I’m not hoping to become one. I’m just a girl who loves books with unending enthusiasm, and want to share my opinions with those who are interested. So please don’t take offense to what I have to say and I hope what I write here leads you to your next amazing read…

10 Responses to “The Literary Fold”

  1. Manda Says:

    You girls are hot!

  2. Angie Says:

    Gee, thanks!

  3. Manda Says:

    Can I make a suggestion of a smut rating to each review? You know how critics give movies 1-4 stars? You could have 1-4 ripped chemises or 1-4 snug fitting breeches, maybe. Sometimes a woman just needs to know what she’s getting in for and needs that little extra bit of smut to make her evening all that it can be…

  4. Donna Says:

    Manda dear, you know we don’t read these books for smut value alone. There’s always…um, well, there’s…, of course, you have…,

    I’ll shut up now.

  5. Debra Says:

    Um, no.

  6. Manda Says:

    😦

  7. PookyStew Says:

    Why haven’t I looked at your website before? Too much fun!

  8. Debra Says:

    Welcome Pooks!

  9. Debra Says:

    Hi Kortnee!

    Welcome to the fold!

  10. thegirlwholovedjaneausten Says:

    Hi Debra!

    I am still figuring everything out (hence the really late comment back), but thanks for the welcome!!

    Kortnee

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