About Me

Hello there! I’m Jana, and Reviews From the Stacks is my blog. I started Reviews From the Stacks in 2018 as a place to share reviews of high quality books, especially lesser-known and potentially indie published ones, and to be a place for discussing all kinds of bookishness. I work in a library and have a BA and MLIS, so bookishness seems to follow me everywhere I go!

Outside of the literary world I enjoy peaceful hobbies such as knitting, music, and visiting every coffee shop I can find. I am a Christian, and I hold my beliefs and convictions seriously. Like any writer, my worldview permeates my writing. It also plays a substantial part in what I enjoy reading. I will never belittle or dismiss a book or person for presenting a different worldview, but I also won’t shy away from sharing what I believe and addressing (relevant) things that are problematic.

If you would like to submit a book for me to review, you can do so through the “Submissions” tab in the menu at the top of this page. I provide reviews free of charge in exchange for a review copy of the book (digital or print). I will consider any genre for review except horror, but like all readers I have my preferences and reserve the right to reject a request. My favorite books are contemporary fiction, historical fiction, or anything that tackles “big questions” in life. Fantasy is my least favorite genre, but I have found a few books that I enjoy even there. Horror is the only thing that I will flat-out reject without consideration. While working on my Master’s degree I have taken a break from accepting review requests from authors I do not already have a working relationship with, through the end of 2022. I am now easing back into reviewing a very limited number of books with approximately a two month turnaround.

Bonus random facts about me:

  • I consider myself a vintage typewriter enthusiast, and my 1970s-era Brother Charger is truly a treasure
  • While I can both knit and crochet, I prefer to knit. I do not understand why so many people think that crochet is easier.
  • I can play a handful of instruments, but the only ones I do with any regularity these days are the piano and ukulele.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Jana


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  1. It’s too bad fantasy is your least favorite genre, since that’s that I write. You caught my attention because you graduated from OBU. My mom went there back in the 70’s. I’m a lifelong Okie. Anyway, just wanted to say hi, and good luck with all your ventures!

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    1. Oh gosh, I love/hate this question so much! My default answer is actually Little Women (no joke), but in the past few years I’ve started to feel that I’ve outgrown listing it as my favorite, yet I don’t have a set replacement answer! Last year I loved Julia David’s Mighty Ones trilogy, and the best I’ve read so far in 2019 is Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy. If I *have to* choose one ultimate favorite, today I think I’ll go with Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar…but I don’t promise that won’t change tomorrow!

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