THE BOOK ADDICT’S GUIDE | About me
Things 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.
- Shop owner and candle maker at Novelly Yours
- Member of The Selective Collective
- Co-founder of On the Same Page (formerly Literary Lushes)
- Host of the Book and a Beverage feature and #weeklybookstagram photo challenge
- Co-host of: Pub Date | Fortnight of Fright | Have You Seen This…?
- Inventing original features like: My Latest Bookish Addiction | Redesign Reactions | The Book Addict’s “GUIDE” | If You Liked…
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:
- Blogger Interview | Justin’s Book Blog
- Blogger Interview| “Confessions of a YA Junkie | Teen Lit Rocks
- Blogger Interview | Book Blogger Appreciation Week | Here There Be Books
- Blogger Interview | Book Blogger Love-A-Thon | Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
- Blogger Feature | Picture This! | Paper Riot
- Guest Post | Young Adult for Disney Fans (Summer Reading) | This Happy Place
- Guest Post | Young Adult for Disney Fans (Travel Reading) | This Happy Place
- Blogger Feature | World of Books | Queen Ella Bee Reads
- Blogger Feature | Love Meter (Aladdin & Jasmine) | This Happy Place
- Blogger Interview | Book Blogger Love-A-Thon | The Nomadic Book Hoarder
- Blogger Interview | Oh, Chrys!
- Blogger Interview | Around the World With… | Unraveling Books
- Guest Post | “The 12 Recs of Christmas” (A Bookish Little Christmas) | That Artsy Reader Girl
- Blogger Interview | The Bloggers We Read | The Things We Read
- Guest Post | The ABCs with The Book Addict’s Guide | Andi’s ABCs
- Blogger Interview | Inside & Out | Bookmark Lit
- Guest Post | Book People Talk Movies | Bring My Books
- Blogger Interview | Ask the Blogger | Books in my Suitcase
- Guest Post | Sweet Summertime Reads |GReads!
- Blogger Interview | Hump-Day Highlights | Growing Up Book Nerd
- Blogger Interview | Things I Just Had to Know About… | The Vivacious Hobo
- Interview with Netgalley | Reader Spotlight | Netgalley Blog
These authors totally made my day:
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!
- The Book Addict’s GUIDE… to “Crossover” Books!
- If You Liked… If I Stay AND If You Liked… Harry Potter! AND If You Liked… Divergent
- Young Adult Meets Disney AND Young Adult Meets Friends
- Quiz: Which Lunar Chronicles Character Are You?
- Fierce Reads Tour Fall 2014 (Chicago): Recap & Author Interview
- 17 Books to Give You A Book Hangover
- I Believe in American Hogwarts
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!