My name’s Erin, but on the internet I go by Aelia*. I’m a 27-year old with a BA in English, who used to have a job in retail** but is now an Apprentice Electrician. Most days, I read too much, but I also have a weakness for video games, cartoons, and footnotes. I dream of a lot of things: being a princess, owning a bookstore, working in publishing, being a librarian, or ruling the world. Some dreams are more attainable than others, obviously.
I started this blog as a hobby in April 2010. I don’t regret it, and have enjoyed it much more than I imagined. I try to balance taking it seriously with having fun, and feel like I’ve been fairly successful so far.
I predominantly read Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi books. I also read a lot of Manga, as well as a few Graphic Novels. I have been known to branch into other genres on occasion, but it’s not common. Check out what I’ve read so far.
My favorite authors include Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, Tamora Pierce, Patricia Briggs, Karen Chance, Kim Harrison, and Kelley Armstrong, to name a few. There are others, but they’re either new favorites, or names which don’t immediately spring to mind.
The Rating Scale
I rate books on a scale of 1-5, with half-points possible. There is no real scientific system to it, I’m not looking for particular things, it’s just based on my enjoyment of the book.
- 5 of 5: Books I loved and will definitely read again.
- 4 of 5: Books I liked and might read again.
- 3 of 5: Books that are alright, but I probably won’t re-read.
- 2 of 5: Books that I didn’t like and I’ll probably get rid of.
- 1 of 5: Books that I hated, or couldn’t finish.
I am available to review books, and am more likely to do so if they are from a genre I read and a copy is provided, or it is available from my local library. If I choose to read/review a book, I cannot guarantee a positive review, but I will be honest. Send me an email or leave me a comment if you’d like something reviewed.
Please note: As of September 2012 I stopped writing reviews. This blog remains active, however, as I live in eternal hope of having the time to review once more. Until that time, I am unavailable for reviews.
Most books I review are owned, or borrowed from friends or the library. Those books which I do not own, or which were received from an author/publisher will be noted in the individual review. If I do not say, just assume I’ve received it. (Though it’s not likely, I’d rather you err in that direction than any other.)
*Ask if you’d like to know more.
** Most days, I’m not too bitter about having a useless BA. (Most days…)