THE BOOK ADDICT’S GUIDE | About me

wedding_harry_potterThings you should probably know about me: My name is Brittany. I’m now in my late 20s but I’m really not all that freaked out about turning 30 (that’s a thing, right? I guess it’ll be weird to say I’m 30 but I’m not quite worried about that yet) and I live in what may better be known as the “exurbs” of Chicago (the outer suburbs, if you will) with my husband. We got married in November of 2014 and even on my wedding day, I was reading. (Ha!) I’m SO thankful to live in the Chicago suburbs because that means I’m extremely close to Anderson’s Bookshop. They host tons of amazing authors (and I’ve taken every advantage to meet them)!

I love reading of course and that really takes up most of my free time along with blogging! But I’m happy they’re my big hobbies and I have no issues with that being the majority of my spare time! I also love camping, craft beer, homebrewing with my husband, traveling, singing, and music, but nowadays most of time free time is usually spent making candles! You may or may not know me as the face behind Novelly Yours! (If not, stop by and say hi for some bookish candle fun!) I became a little obsessed with bookstagramming, although since the candle company has picked up, I haven’t had as much tie as I used to for that! Mail always cheers me up (unless they’re bills) and I love anything and everything blue. Any shade — it’s all gorgeous. I don’t watch movies or TV a lot anymore (you know, because of the reading) but I will always be a HUGE fan of Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones (I’m still seasons behind but I’ve read all the books!), and all things Disney. But mostly, I’m obsessed with my book collection, adding more editions and foreign versions to my already existing collections, and rearranging my bookcase for no reason other than I am really in the mood for it!

READING HISTORY AND THE BIRTH OF A BLOG

As you can see from the state of things around here, I’m a pretty big bookworm! I’ve always loved reading ever since I was a kid but there was a while during and after high school where I wanted no part of it. I was a victim of being forced to read — dun dun dun — classics. I’m just kidding! I don’t have anything against classics. I actually did read a few books that I liked but English was actually hard for me sometimes because I just wanted to read for fun and not analyze the book as I was reading. It was adding work to fun and somehow they just didn’t mix for me like that when it came to reading at that age so I was much more focused on music at the time. (I use to be a huge music nerd. Finding new music, perfecting the art of the perfect mix, singing in choir, taking music theory… I was all about it.)

I slowly worked my way back to books in my late teens and early 20s. I borrowed my sister’s Meg Cabot books and totally got hooked on the Heather Wells series. From there, I grabbed more books from my sister’s shelf like Sophie Kinsella and Jane Green and of course, I was non-stop reading Harry Potter whenever I needed a book to read. (Seriously. I’d just constantly re-read HP whenever I needed a fix.) Right when I was starting college, I was talking to my future roommate and high school friend who said that her younger sister was reading a book called Twilight for her summer reading and how crazy it was that she got to read a recently published book and not a classic. Her sister got her hooked on Twilight and then I ended up binge-reading the series in college and believe it or not, Twilight was what first brought me back into a book store.

Once I moved back home, my friend Lisa introduced me to a local used book store (may it rest in piece) and I got insanely hooked on cozy mysteries. Oh yeah, and she also loaned me this series called The Hunger Games? You may have heard of it. I devoured it as fast as I could and had a craving for more and more dystopian. For some reason, dystopian was SO popular in young adult fiction but not in adult… so I gobbled it up where I could and that’s how I ended up reading YA! I was reading so much more than I had ever read before and felt like I needed a place to share my thoughts and hopefully guide someone else out there in the vastness of the internet to the wonderful books that I had found and that’s how The Book Addict’s Guide was born!

I started my blog in 2012 and it was a bit of a hodge podge at first. I was in the beginning stages of my YA dystopian phase and heavy into cozy mysteries with a bit of adult contemporary thrown in. They didn’t really mesh well together but hey, it was my blog and they didn’t have to! But as time went on, I started finding more and more young adult books that I was just loving. For some reason, I was just really connecting with them and the characters much more than I ever had when I was reading adult contemporary and I hadn’t even thought about trying science-fiction or fantasy in an adult setting. Honestly, I was afraid of fantasy outside of Harry Potter (I tried and failed to read The Lord of the Rings) and adult sci-fi just seemed boring… But they were things that ended up appealing to me in YA and somehow felt more approachable. I even got a new library card so I could go exploring!

WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE

Nowadays, my blog still is a bit of a mash-up of sorts but it is a bit more focused. I’m reading mostly YA because I’m still so in love with it but I’ve also recently discovered that I’m adoring adult fantasy, and you know what the best part is? I don’t think I ever would have discovered that without starting my blog because I didn’t read any blogs before I started my own. I’m mostly into contemporary romance and fantasy nowadays with some sci-fi. Every once in a while I’ll pick up a good dystopian book but I sort of burned myself out of the genre a while back along with urban fantasy/paranormal. They still make appearances though!

My love for my blog knows no bounds. It’s helped me in so many aspects of my life: I found a hobby I love to pieces, it became a place where I met my best friends (really. They were my bridesmaids and we met because of blogging), it gave me the opportunity  to travel to places like New York for events like Book Expo America and meet even more new bookish people, and just expanding my horizons for reading and learning alike. It’s really become a HUGE part of my life and I’m so grateful for it every day. It’s kind of weird to imagine the time before it because I just feel like I’ve been doing this forever!

As far as posts go, I love to talk about nearly anything book related! I used to think that a blog should be only for reviews but that was when I first started and my mindset was just on providing feedback for the books I had read. Once I saw the realm of possibilities, I knew I was going to have fun talking about anything and everything bookish! I post reviews, bookish discussions, make my own bookish graphics and infographics for reading guides and recommendations, host a few original features, and SO much more.


Where You Can Find Me: Well, I’ve been dabbling in quite a few different things and I’m so excited to be a part of so many different groups in the blogging world! Besides my blog, here’s where you can find me.

Flail with me over:

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  • His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers
  • Anything by Gayle Forman
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Featured on other blogs:

These authors totally made my day:

Last Will and Testament quoted

Unchanged quoted


Feel free to poke around the website to get to know me more & don’t hesitant to drop me a line!

New to the blog? Here are a few of my favorite posts!

I love meeting new friends and I absolutely ADORE coming up with recommendations based on what you like to read so if you want some new book recs, honestly hit me up! You can always email me, tweet me, drop a line on my Facebook page, or find me on Instagram! Recommending books to people is the whole reason why I started my blog so it totally makes my day to be able to pick out books for someone — and it’s even better to hear they loved them! Hope you find something here to help you out or brighten your day! Happy reading!

27 thoughts on “About Me

  1. zettew

    Hi Brittany, First, thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate it! Second, we have some overlapping tastes in books! I am really into Dystopian novels and I’ve recently started reading the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series. So far I have to say that “Hot Six” has been the funniest so far for me. (I’m only on #7). I also wanted to ask if you had read the “Divergent” books, (two so far), or the Jonathan Maberry – Benny Imura books – “Rot & Ruin”, “Dust & Decay” – “Flesh & Bone” is due out in September, 2012. I really enjoyed those in my dystopian books journey! I have followed your page, and look forward to your posts!
    Muzette – upallnightreading.wordpress.com

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    1. Brittany S

      I haven’t read Divergent yet, but I’ve heard it’s really good and I want to get my hands on a copy! I haven’t heard of the other two authors, so I’ll have to check them out!

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      1. zettew

        I just read “Legend” by Marie Lu – have you ever read it? It’s another dystopian novel, and I enjoyed it!

      2. zettew

        I just started “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer – I’ve read some great reviews about it – another dystopian novel!

      3. Brittany S

        I did read that one and I really enjoyed it! It was dystopian without having to go far into the future and very realistic. It really made me think that things like this could really happen and how scary that would be!

  2. DonnaCarol

    Hi Brittany, I too, read “Buying Time” by Kelly Cochran. I loved the book. The perfect balance of romance, mayhem, chuckle factor, etc. You did a good review. Kelly is actually the one that told me I might like to check out your blog. I like it. ESP. the picture. lol. Looks like me. I just bought 210 books at a library sale, and hit the trade lot the next day and got more. YIKES. lol. I have to say in reading your reviews, I do have to skip down to just the comic and overall review untill AFTER I read the book. It’s a bit more information about what is happening in the book for me until I read it. Gives a little bit more away than I like to know before reading the book. But, hey, I also don’t read the back of the books either because THEY usually tell me who gets killed. So , really, good job. I will be checking in on what you have to say.

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    1. Brittany S

      Thank you!! I really appreciate it 🙂 When I give the summaries, I usually just take the “book jacket” summary and a lot of times I don’t feel like it really tells me a lot about the plot, so I put my own summary there as well. I try really hard not to put ANY spoilers in my review for everyone who hasn’t read the book yet, and I try not to give away too much of the plot in my own version of the summary as well. But good to know that sometimes it’s too much! I’ll try to watch that. Thanks for the feedback! Always appreciated 🙂 And 210 books at a library sale!? What a dream come true!!

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  3. donnacarol2

    Brittany, honey don’t judge that “too much info” on me. Like I said, I don’t read the back jacket before I read the book either. I will do a quick scan and when it starts to tell me “too much” I stop right there. So, you just keep doing what you do so well. And I agree about holding a book in my hand instead of a computer read. That is great for a lot of people. But I love seeing that book, holding it, and seeing it on my shelf. And wasn’t Kelly’s book great. That front spine crease, saving the binding, was great. Keep those reviews coming. I will be checking to see what you think.

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  4. donnacarol2

    Brittany, honey that “too much info” thing is just one of my pet peeves. Don’t change a thing. Your doing a great job. Like I said, I don’t read the back jackets or if I do, it’s only until the point that they start to tell me much at all and I stop right there. I also feel the same way about holding a book in my hand to read. I love it. The computer/Kindle things are great, esp. at times, for a lot of people. But call me old fashioned,I guess. I want that book in my hands, and to see it on my shelf. Just my preference . And didn’t you like that front cover crease on Kellys book? Saves wear on the binding. Laid open well to read too. I will be checking in often to see what you have to say/recommend. And it WAS a dream come true. A big bag (The BAG, the book addicts guide ) of books for one dollar. Hardbacks,pbks., classics, didn’t matter. Saving for the fall sale already. Check your libraries guys. They may also have these sales and it’s a great way to support the library and stock your shelves.

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  5. Alison

    Brittany: I would love to recommend a perfect summer read. A romantic suspenceful Mystery novel set in New York in the 90’s called Manhattan Affair by Jack Sussek. I would love to read your review–it is not your typical Mystery–there is a sexy love affair wrapped in espionage and Wall Street money and secrets. check out manhattanaffair.com–I can send you a copy of the book!
    alisonblume@comcast.net

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  6. Tales Untangled

    Hi Brittany,
    I had fun looking at your sight today.

    Here are a few other books to consider if you find you are short on something to read this summer.

    I would highly recommend “Incarceron” by Catherine Fisher. This is the most unique dystopian novel. I also loved the dystopian novel “Matched” by Ally Condie. For fantasy I have enjoyed Cinda Williams Chima’s series because she writes people so very well. In chick-lit I have loved “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series by Alexander McCall Smith. Good Reading to you!

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    1. Brittany

      Thanks for the recommendations! I did read Matched and really liked it! I didn’t like the sequel as much because I felt like it was a little too far removed, but I’m still interested in reading the final book in the trilogy when it comes out. I’ll definitely look into the other recommendations as well. Thanks again!

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  7. nuelene

    Hello Miss Brittany. Thanks for dropping by. This is a good book blog. I hope to visit here again anytime soon. =)

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  9. jaimeguerard

    Hi Brittany, thanks for checking out my site and following me! Please keep visiting for updates, sneak peeks and giveaways for my debut novel that will be released in 2013! Have a great day!

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  10. Tina

    Hi! I just started following you via email! I see that you’re currently reading A Clash of Kings. How do you like it so far?! I’ve read the first one in the series, and have the second but haven’t gotten to it yet. But i LOVED A Game of Thrones!

    Tina @ pages of comfort

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  11. Nazia

    You have a wonderful blog here Brittany. I love the same genres that you do especially YA, PNR and Fantasy. I’d love it if you could swing by my blog! Thanks! 🙂 😀

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  12. Elizabeth

    I love your blog, the reviews are so thorough that even though they aren’t “my” genre I’ve put a few on my list. I love books and a beverage, too. For some reason I’m having trouble commenting, this was the only box that popped up. Maybe because I’m on my iPad.

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