My name is Pamela Penza, and I'm a librarian, a book fanatic, a snark machine, and a lover of cheese.
My main focus is young adult (YA) literature. Strangely enough, when I was a teen, I didn't read teen books. I thought they were too juvenile. So, there I was, up to my ears in Dickens and Brontë (all three of the ladies, actually), Austen and Orwell, Gaskell and Fielding. I hit college and discovered hard sci-fi. Revelation Space saved me from going crazy on my daily commute to college. I took the bus, so don't worry that I was reading and driving! Imperceptibly, I drifted back into YA.
After gorging myself on everything I could find, I realized, "Hey, not all of this is good. In fact, I'm reading a lot of it out of guilt and not because I am truly enjoying it." So I got boot-camp-level-strict with myself. No guilt about DNFs (did not finish). Speak what I think. Look at the book, not the author or publisher.
However, I love discussion, and I encourage comments on my reviews to foster intellectual discussion. By which I mean, "U R DUMB WAT" type comments are not welcome. Bye bye!
Sometimes I can sound pretty harsh. Let me make this very, very clear: I am not criticizing the author. In fact, the author has done something pretty amazing: they've been published! Hooray! Props to them, really! I mean, I haven't done that. I understand that a book is kind of an author's baby (or whatever metaphor you'd like to use for that relationship) and that, understandably, authors are protective of what they've created. However, I, as a reader, have a right to dislike something and to air my thoughts. As a human being, I have a right to an opinion. It might not be popular, but it's mine.
Now that that bit of stern library-talk is over, let's go read!