I wrote my first story when I was in second grade. It was a story about a family of talking apple trees. It was far from impressive, but it was my own story and I was proud. From that moment on I considered myself to be a writer.
Calling myself a writer inevitably lead me to pursue a career within that field. After high school I attended Monmouth University (West Long Branch New Jersey) where I receive my BA in Communications. I specialized in Journalism with the hopes of becoming a music journalist. After relentlessly job hunting, and turning up empty-handed I decided it was time for me to pursue another field.
This wasn’t an easy decision to make. I wanted to pursue a field that would ultimately feel as comfortable and as natural as Journalism already felt to me. Logically to be a journalist you have to write, writing is made up of words, words are often found in books. Naturally, becoming a librarian was in my future.
In January 2009 I started taking classes at Pratt Institute working towards my Master’s Degree in Information and Library Science. During my two years there I mainly focused on Youth Services where I had the chance to not only read a lot of the material, but to learn how the library world actually runs and works. I was also able to get an internship in the children’s department of a New Jersey public library. This ultimately led to gaining experience, field related knowledge, and ultimately reading more books.
It was through graduate school that I decided to start a blog. I was reading so many books, and only getting to briefly talk about them/express my own viewpoint on them and that just vwasn’t enough. Besides that, I wanted to keep whatever writing skills and/or abilities I had fresh so I figured that running a review blog would help in some way.
I have graduated from Pratt with my Master’s Degree, and have no intentions to stop running this blog simply because that part of my life is over. I’ve found out that not only do I love writing, but I love reviewing books. I am always open and willing to review (almost) any book.
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