Meg. 29. Fairy bookmother. Cat lady. Adjunct professor. Bookseller. Perpetual student. Time-traveller.
Hello! I’ve been a bookseller on and off for ten years, I earned my BA in Literary Studies in the US and my MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature in the UK, and, of course, I read extensively. I studied gothic literature, fairy tales, women writers, mysteries, Henry James, and surveys of American and British literature during my undergrad years; and, during my master’s degree, I studied sensation and gothic literature, modern and contemporary literature (mostly British), and children’s literature. I wrote my master’s thesis on Neil Gaiman and the fear of growing up, focusing on the themes in Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I still actively study and read all of those genres, and lately I’ve been really interested in science fiction, especially women who write science fiction. In 2016, I developed an intro-level freshman seminar on science fiction called “To Boldly Go: Science Fiction from Shelley to Star Trek,” and I really enjoyed the research and insight that came from preparing the class and from my students.
I’ll give almost any genre a go, but I mostly stick with literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, YA and middle grade books. I read 100 books in 2012, 119 in 2013, 114 in 2014, 100 in 2015, 116 in 2016, and have a goal of 100 in 2017! I make one hundred books my goal every year, and I do what I can to beat it!
I’ve been blogging for several years, but with Fairy Bookmother, I am focusing my efforts on writing about and reviewing books. Reading has always been my favorite thing to do, and I love sharing that with other people.
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