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About Me

Hi! 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.

As for the non-reader/writer parts of me… Well, I’m a 20-something, a Ravenclaw, 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 my skill set includes cutting my own hair, remembering far too many of my dreams when I wake up, and taking weird selfies.

awesome selfie

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

All things bookish!

Quotes, humor, reading, writing, gymnastics, circus, food, and more, all in pretty picture form!

Any random thoughts I have that fit into 280 characters.

Any random thoughts I have that don’t fit into 280 characters. Also possibly short stories, poems, and other little writerly things by yours truly (if I can stop chickening out).

Photos! Mostly of books.

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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! You can find more info about the types of games I review here.


Support the Blog

Enjoying my blog? One way you can help me afford to keep it up and running is by using the Amazon affiliate links that can be found throughout my blog (most book cover images link to Amazon, reviews have a link among the info next to the cover, the Books with Disabilities list has links). If you use one of these and then make a purchase, I will make a small amount of money at no additional cost to you. 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

If you’re feeling particularly generous, you can also donate through ko-fi or buy me a book from one of my wishlists :-)

Amazon eBook Wishlist
Amazon Print Book Wishlist

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

Zazzle (customizable products)
Namecheap (domain names)
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 awesome mattress, especially for side sleepers, that I’ve been using for years)


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Blog Schedule

I’m currently posting twice a week:

– Sunday: Non-Review Post (“Life and Books” Update, Discussion, Book Recs, Author Interview, etc.)
– Monday: —
– Tuesday: —
– Wednesday: Book Review
– Thursday: —
– Friday: —
– Saturday: —


Rating System

Even with my system, my ratings can be inconsistent. I recommend paying more attention to my reviews than my ratings. But this is my general system.

– 4.5: Amazing!
– 4: Great!
– 3.5: Enjoyable/good *or* great but had some issues *or* no real flaws, but not quite to my taste.
– 3: Ok *or* good but had some issues.
– 2.5: Meh *or* enjoyable/ok but with big issues or lots of issues.
– 2: Unenjoyable, probably lots of issues.
– 1.5: Bad, definitely lots of issues.
– 1: Really bad, all the issues.
– 0.5: What did I even just read?



I am currently NOT accepting review requests, guest posts, sponsored posts, or any other inquiries, sorry!

Questions? Review requests? Book suggestions? Just want to chat about reading and writing? You can email me at: kristenburns.contact (at) gmail (dot) com

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