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!