BREAKING NEWS: My Life is a Notebook Adds a Co-Blogger!

Hey there all! Here comes the really huge news that I’ve been dying to share with you guys. As you know, college has been a huge timesuckMarina and Gretchen for me away from this blog, and I’ve had trouble keeping up with posting. I’ve been searching for a co-blogger for a while now, and I’m SO happy to announce that I’ve found one in my friend Marina! We’ve been friends for more years then I really believe have passed now (I met Marina FRESHMAN YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL and now I’m a COLLEGE SOPHOMORE, I AM SO OLD). Seriously, she’s one of my bestest best friends. Even though we live on opposite ends of the country. (Yay Skype and texting and Facebook!)

But without further ado, she’ll introduce herself!

Rina-1Hi, everybody!  I actually have no idea what Gretchen’s going to write at the top of this post, but I assume she introduced me and I don’t need to say who I am.  I’m a Classics and Anthropology major at a university in Colorado, where I spend silly amounts of unnecessary time in the library.  I also dance a lot of Argentine tango—not only in official venues, but in places like the university fountain, people’s kitchens, and a bowling alley on a Navy base.  I’ve been chatting about reading and writing with Gretchen since high school, which seems strangely long ago at this point.

But those are not the important things when it comes to this blog!  Here are some bookish things about me:

My tastes run a bit more literary than Gretchen’s a lot of the time, although not always.  I also don’t always stick to YA, but I promise that if (okay, let’s get real, when) I review non-YA books on here I’ll tell you why they’re appealing to me as a reader of YA.

I read extremely fast.  This leads to many rereads.

I love gorgeous prose, amazing characters, and atmosphere.  I like fantasy because I love seeing weird new ideas.  I’m a little tired of dystopian, vampires, etc but I’ll give it a go if it looks good.  I adore complex books that will take me a long time to finish, and my favorite books are always books that make me think long after I’ve put them down.

I think the worst sin a book can commit (beyond being terrible, at least) is being forgettable.  I will also rant at books that do bad gender things, just on principle.

A few books I’m exceedingly fond of at the moment, to give you an idea:

  • The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman (I may review this one if I get a chance, actually, as it’s recent)
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Deathless by Catherynne M Valente
  • Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore (but not Bitterblue.  Seriously, what happened there?)
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley

I say a few because this list varies from month to month, and by the time October rolls around I may be in the mood for pirates or something.

Anyway, that’s me!  Hello!  It’s lovely to be here, and I can’t wait to get started!