About Me

So, I imagine you want to know a little something about me (as of July 2017 when I last updated this).

About Me:

Well, I'm Lindsay. :)

Currently I live in BC, Canada, and I have a B.A. in English literature. I didn't specialize in any subject or genre, but I loved British Victorian literature, children's lit, popular literature & culture, Shakespeare, and Greek mythology.

Right now I'm reading a bunch of YA (still!) in most genres, it all depends on what interests me, and the same with comics and graphic novels. Also webcomics, but it's harder to review those because they're constantly ongoing.

And I don't think I did when I was in high school. I actually read a lot of romance novels when I was a teenager, which was a little odd whenever friends would ask what I was reading.

I like the idea of book blogging. Blogs are becoming the place where people get their info on books and movie and music for the younger generations as opposed to newspapers. My blog isn't big, clearly, but I'm still doing it and I don't plan on stopping. It's fun. :)

I'm not sure how I would describe myself. I'm kind of a dork. I'm extremely book obsessive, somewhat of a pop culture junkie, and I know a little about a lot, like history and TV shows and movies and books and a little science. Big on my consume list right now is D&D streams like Critical Role and High Rollers. It's a good mix of character creation and improv in a (usually) fantasy setting.

I've worked as a behavioural interventionist (assisting a child with autism) and children's tutor. But I need to make something clear: I had no training or experience. I should not have been hired for that job. But they still took me when I first showed up and I stuck around for about 2 and a half years. To be honest, it was more child care and after-school homework help. I've done some English lit tutoring, some research paper editing. Every August for the past 8 years I've volunteered at the Vancouver Public Library's Writing & Book Camp for kids and teens. I keep going back because it's fun, because I like hearing about what books teens are interested in.

In January of 2013, I attended ALA's Midwinter meeting in Seattle. It was interesting, to say the least, and it was fun meeting book bloggers and authors I would never have met in person because of where I life and where they live.

For a few years I hosted the Canadian YA Lit Event. It's 2 weeks of reviews, author posts, and Q&A's with and about Canadian YA authors. I don't think children's literature gets enough recognition in Canada. Yes, there's the Forest of Reading awards (in Ontario), and Children's Book Week, and there's a children's section in the Govenor General's literature awards, but why isn't there a children's lit version of the Giller Prize? Or of Canada Reads, when Canadian literature is talked about on TV? Give me a call, CBC, we could totally work something out. ;)

I hope you like it here. I hope you like my reviews. Thanks for visiting. :)

Me on Twitter: @le_robertson

Me on Goodreads: Lindsay

My Review Policy:

Things are low- to medium-key here. It's a place for me to share my thoughts on books, what I've been reading and consuming. I keep meaning to go more in-depth on certain topics, write more essay-style posts. Perhaps later in the fall, after I get through all the September & October releases.

Currently, I review young adult books, middle grade books,  and graphic novels. Books I review are often ones that interest me in a personal level and not necessarily because they're popular and have a large fan base (see my Underrated YA posts for the past few years). They have either been bought, borrowed from the public library, or sent to me for the purpose of reviewing them. Feel free to look through the reviews I have posted (the above tab labelled 'Book Reviews,' sorted alphabetically by both Author Name and Title). Genres I often read include urban fantasy, dystopian, historical, fantasy, mystery, and contemporary (YA isn't a genre, it's a point of view). I'm trying to work in some more science-fiction. And Canadian-authored YA. If you're from Canada and you've written YA, I'll probably want to read it. I'd like to review more graphic novels, maybe some manga. (Loving Horimiya these days.)

At the moment, I'm rather picky about requests to review self-published books. It'll really have to interest me enough for me to want to review it. If you don't hear back from me, don't take it personally.

I try to review all advance copies I get, but the earliest the review is posted is 2 weeks before the release date. I'm not big on posting reviews for books months in advance of the release date, even though I understand why others do. So, at the moment, reviews go up withing 2 weeks on either end of the release date, 2 before and 2 after.

But, wonderful authors and editors and publishers, if you still think I'd be interested in reading and reviewing your book, you're welcome to e-mail me at leroberts.26(at)gmail(dot)com.