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About Me

Hi! Kit/Kristen here :-)

As you’ve probably figured out, I’m a big lover of books and always have been. I rarely read anything outside fantasy/paranormal and science fiction, but I read a wide variety within those genres, including young adult, new adult, adult, LGBTQIA+, romance-focused, no romance, and all different subgenres (although I do have a special love for paranormal creatures, especially vampires). I also love self-published and indie books. My taste often runs darker, more intense, and/or quirkier than average, but I also like fluffy, light, fun reads. Mood reading is a tricky beast ;-) I never regret reading a book because I take something from every book I read, but I do find it a lot more fun to talk about the ones I like.

I would love to write some books of my own at some point, but for the moment I’m just brainstorming, practicing, and constantly learning.

I’ve always been a Simmer (my favorite is The Sims 3!), but I’ve recently gotten into visual novels, dating sims, and other similar types of games.

I also make art sometimes! Which I usually share in update posts. You can find all the art I’ve shared here.

As for everything else… Well, I’m a 20-something, an INFJ, and a spoonie. My favorite color is red, my favorite food is pomegranates, and my favorite movie is Tangled. I love the night because it has a magic and a stillness that makes everything feel more meaningful and makes me feel more like myself. I have six piercings in one ear even though I’m afraid of needles. I love all things gymnastics and circus because I used to do both even though I wasn’t particularly great at either. And… I guess that’s about it!

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment, send a message, or friend me—I love meeting fellow readers, writers, and bloggers!

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About the Blog

I started this blog in July 2015 as a place to share the amazing books I was finding. Good books deserve to be read, and good authors deserve to know when one of their books has made an impact on someone.

This blog contains reviews of the following types of books:
– Fantasy/Paranormal & Sci-Fi
– Young Adult, New Adult, & Adult
– Traditional & Indie/Self Pub
– Regular Novels & Comics

I have also started reviewing visual novels, dating sims, and other types of games! And occasionally I talk about podcasts, movies, shows, music, blogging stuff, and other random things.


 

Support the Blog

As a chronically ill person unable to work right now and also desperately in need of expensive dental work, I appreciate every bit of financial help (and every gift, free book, etc.) that I get!

If you’re enjoying my blog, one way you can help me afford to keep it running, without any extra cost to you, is by using the Amazon affiliate links throughout my blog (many book cover images, reviews, the Books with Disabilities list). If you use one of these and then make a purchase, I will make a small amount of money. Need suggestions? Here are some books I recommend!

Vanity in Dust by Cheryl Low
Chase the Dark by Annette Marie
Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen
Withered + Sere by TJ Klune
How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Real Vampires Don't Sparkle by Amy Fecteau
Steal the Light by Lexi Blake
Bang! Bang! BOOM! by Melanie Schoen & Del Borovic
 

I’m also an affiliate for some non-bookish sites! Here are my links for those:

Zazzle (customizable products)
ChemiCloud (webhosting with really affordable prices & fantastic customer service, feel free to contact me if you want to know more about my experience with them!)
iHerb (herbs, supplements, food, beauty products)
Nolah Sleep (a really comfy mattress, especially for side sleepers, that I’ve been using for years)

If you’re feeling particularly generous, you can donate through ko-fi, buy me a book from one of my wishlists, or (if you want to support me but not Amazon) I’m happy to accept books from small businesses too :-)

Amazon eBook Wishlist
Amazon Print Book Wishlist


 

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Blog Schedule

I’m currently posting once or twice a week:

– Sunday: Whatever I feel like (Book Review, “Life and Books” Update, Discussion, Book Recs, etc.)
– Monday: —
– Tuesday: Book Review
– Wednesday: —
– Thursday: Book Review
– Friday: —
– Saturday: —


 

Rating System

I recommend paying more attention to my reviews than my ratings because my ratings can be inconsistent. But this is my general system as of 2020.

– 5: Perfect! // Blew me away!
– 4.5: Amazing! // Loved it! Stands out in my mind as being a cut above.
– 4: Great and memorable! Or solidly good all around. // Really liked it!
– 3.5: Good! Or enjoyable. Maybe not memorable though. // Liked it.
– 3: Ok. // Mostly felt neutral, but somewhat enjoyed.
– 2.5: Meh. // Don’t have super negative feelings overall, but didn’t really enjoy.
– 2: Bad. // Disliked it. I have actively negative feelings.
– 1.5: Very bad. // Really disliked it.
– 1: Awful. // Hated it. One of the worst books I’ve ever read.
– 0.5: What did I even just read?

*Note that I don’t base entirely on feelings, so I take off half to a whole star if a book has issues I can’t overlook. E.g. I might think a book is amazing but give it 4 stars because of plot holes.


 

Trigger/Content Warnings

I try to give trigger/content warnings for common triggers and bothersome content in books, but I can’t promise I remember for every book, or that I remember every warning in any given book. I also didn’t add warnings when I first started blogging. So please be aware that a lack of warning doesn’t necessarily mean something isn’t in the book.

If you want a quick way to try and find specific triggers in a book, try this:


 

Contact

Questions? Review requests? You can email me at: kristenburns.contact (at) gmail (dot) com

(If you’re requesting a review, please check out my review policy first!)