who am i?

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 CoralineThe 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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