About Me

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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 ones, and to be a place for discussing all kinds of bookish things. I work in a library and have a BA in English literature, so I have no shortage of access to bookish topics!

Outside of the literary world I enjoy peaceful hobbies such as knitting, playing the piano, gardening, and visiting every coffee shop I can find. I am a Christian, and I hold my beliefs seriously. Like any writer, my worldview permeates my writing. It also plays a part in what I enjoy reading. I will never dismiss or reject something purely based on a character or author’s beliefs, regardless of whether they line up with my own, however; I do my best to analyze each work primarily from an academic literary perspective, looking for things such as style, readability, interaction with meaningful topics, character and world development, and appropriate grammar. General enjoyment and ability to engage is also important, but typically not quite as relevant to my rating.

If you would like to submit a book for me 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 if I do not think I will enjoy the book. 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. Please note: I have been accepted to an MLIS program starting in the fall of 2020 and I plan to decrease the number of books I accept for review from authors I do not already have a working relationship with during the first semester. Depending on how this semester goes, I may or may not increase the number of books I accept as long as I am working on this degree.

Bonus random facts about me:

  • I consider myself a vintage typewriter enthusiast, and my 1970s-era Brother Charger is truly a treasure
  • I have no fur-pets, but I do have a handful of houseplants that keep me busy enough on their own
  • One of the most enjoyable parts of working in a library is creating book displays. Additionally, to quote my coworker (whom I agree with wholeheartedly), “Puppy-wrangling is my favorite kind of ‘other duties as assigned’!”

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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