I’ve loved to read since I first picked up a book, but I didn’t become a book addict until I had my tonsils out at age 6. Back then, you had to rest quietly for a week afterward, and I spend that week at my grandparents’ house, devouring my mom’s old Bobbsey Twins books. When I ran out of those, I started in on Nancy Drew, and a bookworm was born.
These day, I read mainly genre fiction — fantasy and science fiction, mystery, and romance — with a smattering of historical fiction and literary fiction thrown in for variety. I’ve never been a book snob and happily read books for all ages, so you’ll find reviews of middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA) books alongside the adult book reviews. I also enjoy reading well-written nonfiction once in a while, but most of my nonfiction reading is for my job as a freelance indexer: I create the indexes you find in the back of a book. (Yes, I have to read the book to write the index – usually in depth.) I try to keep my indexing separate from my blogging, so you won’t find me reviewing books I’ve indexed. It’s too bad in a way; some of them are really interesting!
In my other life, I’m a happily married wife and mother of a college student, a singer and choir director, an indexer, and a knitter — the order changes from day today. I don’t have time to watch a lot of TV, but I’m slowly making my way through the “new” Doctor Who series, and I love British mystery series like “Campion,” “Foyle’s War,” and Agatha Christie.
I graduated college (I’m not telling how many years ago!) with a degree in theater and a deep love of history and English literature. I worked for several years as a bookseller and manager for a well-known chain bookstore, now (alas) defunct, then taught English and drama to student in grades 3-12 at a small private school. After the school closed, I turned to indexing. The flexibility of working from home gave me the freedom to homeschool our daughter through her middle and high school years — challenging, but immensely rewarding (and a lot of fun!) Now that she’s away at college, Mr. Bookwyrm and I are empty-nesters — and somehow, I’m just as busy as I was before!
I receive review copies of some of the books I review. In accordance with FTC regulations, I disclose where I got the book (library, publisher, purchased, etc.) in the book information section at the top of each review post. If I received a review copy, an additional disclosure statement will be found just before the review itself.
Honesty and integrity: All reviews posted on The Bookwyrm’s Hoard represent my own views (or occasionally those of a guest reviewer.) I am committed to honesty and integrity in all my reviews, regardless of where and how I received the book. Acceptance of a review copy does not guarantee I will review a book favorably — or occasionally, at all.
Conflict of interest: In order to avoid any conflict of interest with my day job, I don’t generally review books for which I have written the index.
Genres: As you can see from the blog, I read and review a variety of genres, including fantasy, mystery, romance, YA, children’s books, and the occasional general fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, and craft book. I do not read or accept horror, dark/creepy thrillers, or erotica.
Unsolicited review copies: I am not currently accepting any unsolicited books for review, except from authors, publicists, or publishers I’ve worked with before.
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