About Me

Kristen Duran bridesmaids (2)Writer. Coffee lover. Vintage typewriter enthusiast. Bibliophile.

These are a few of my common descriptors, but like any label, they don’t capture the whole picture. To add a few more pieces to the puzzle: I graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2017 with a BA in English. Currently, I work as an Access Specialist I in a library in the Oklahoma City metro, and I am trying to make a go of freelance editing and writing as well. I love to read and write, and writing about what I read is one of my favorite things. I am passionate about libraries, and advocate for their prominence in every community. I started blogging in 2014 as a means of sharing my thoughts and helping other readers find lesser-known books that are well worth their time. The way I do things has changed a little over time, but this is still at the heart of what I do.

I always welcome reading suggestions, and love hearing from my followers about what you are reading as well! Whether it is a book you loved, something you don’t quite understand, or something you have heard of and are considering reading, feel free to shoot me a message through the “Submissions” tab or leave a comment on any of my posts. Additionally, if you are an author, agent, or otherwise involved in publishing and looking for reviewers or beta readers for a book, I am nearly always looking to make new connections and welcome review requests and freelance partnerships.

To submit a book for review, you can do so through the “Submissions” tab in the menu at the top of the page. At the moment 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, Christian romance, 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. At the moment I do not review audiobooks.

Outside of the literary world, I enjoy hobbies like knitting, playing the piano, 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 on the basis of 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 not quite as relevant to my rating.

You can connect with me on GoodreadsInstagram, and my faith/life blog Brave Faith Adventure. If you’re looking for other cool book blogs to follow, check out The Book Review Directory. They have a long list of bloggers who, like me, accept books for review and always have good reading suggestions.

I hope you enjoy my blog; thanks for stopping by!


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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!


    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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