Welcome to the Ginger Bibliophile

Hello and thanks for stopping by my small corner of the Internet. My name is Amelia and in short, I love to read, I always have, but I have not always had the time because, well – life. This year I retired from teaching, I’ve been a college professor for more than 25 years. It wasn’t an easy decision and I actually languished in the process of easing my way out, going from full time, to adjunct with an almost full time schedule, to only a class here and there to finally, exiting and closing the door. I suffered an identity crisis for a minute. It’s weird to be something for so long and then suddenly stop being it. I survived the crisis though because I picked up a book for pleasure, and just like that, all was right with the world. It has been as many years since I have truly read for pleasure. Sure, I’ve been able to sneak in a good book here and there, but ultimately, the halls of higher ed demand their pound of flesh and I generally paid my dues in research or text book writing and editing. It’s ok if that last sentenced about research and textbooks made you a little drowsy, it did me too. At some point in any academics life, even the “suggestions for future research” lose their appeal.

So, here I am, with time, sweet time, on my hands and I have filled every spare moment with reading for pleasure. I feel like I am about two decades behind on reading and I’m making up for it in spades now. Through various “bookstagram” and twitter accounts I became familiar with the acronym ARC – or “advanced reader copy” The world of book reviewing was suddenly on my radar and I am all about that life. So, I signed up with various platforms and started pleading requesting books to read in exchange for an honest review. Much to my delight there were publishers willing to answer my plea. And this is how I landed here- creating a blog to share my book reviews. I do want to clarify that not all of my book reviews will be for ARCs. I have 25 years of pleasure reading to catch up on, so there will be reviews of books you probably read 15 years ago 🤷‍♀️ But the ARCs I do review will include information about the author, publisher and when it will be available to purchase.

So, there ya have it, I’m pretty excited about this place and sharing lots of bookish things with you. I’ll probably share other stuff too because I have more free time now, so more time for hobbies. If you want to sign up to receive updates from my blog, feel free to drop that email address below.

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