My name is Lori. I am a 25-year-old bookish lifestyle blogger and writer. My passion lies in innovative storytelling, in all the forms in which it comes (books, movies, YouTube, etc.) and finding the work I am meant to do. I’d also like to help others do the same.
As a currently unaffiliated scholar (read: not currently enrolled in a graduate program because I am still looking), my interest is in studying the intersection of literature with technology and popular culture. I’m also interested in topics concerning immaterial labor and cultural production in the book blogosphere and across social media platforms like Instagram (#bookstagram) and YouTube (BookTube).
Some of my most favorite authors include Leigh Bardugo, Diana Wynne Jones, Helen Oyeyemi, J.D. Salinger, and Chaim Potok.
I started Betwined Reads as a public place where I could share my thoughts on the books, articles, etc. that I come across. Unlike many other book blogs, I’m not too fussed with new releases or staying hip and up-to-date with the trends. I just want to talk about the books and articles I find novel or noteworthy, no matter how old or unpopular.
I believe books that most impact you come into your life at the right time, not according to any kind of schedule. It’s impossible to predict ahead of time what books those will be, but I think it helps to have a general direction to follow once you suspect what you need.
That’s why I’ve made it my goal to group together my reading recommendations about books I think go well together and books that I’ve found useful when I’ve been in specific mental states. (BTW, I’m open to requests.)
I generally aim to post my book talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Instead of book reviews, which often work not just to critique literature but to drum up interest in a book, I do book talks in which I assume the reader has read the the book I’m talking about (or has qualms about spoilers).
I’ll also post more random stuff on the blog throughout the week as I please. Future topics will include: research advice, tips for productivity, social critiques, lifestyle posts, travel blogs, and conference/convention reviews.
For a taste of the range of books you might see discussed on my blog, please see the list I provide below of some of my absolute favorites.
A Collection of Some of My Favorite Books
- Six of Crows (duology) by Leigh Bardugo
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlo Ruiz Zafon
- Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Chosen by Chaim Potok
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- Reader Player One by Ernest Cline
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In addition to YA fantasy (the genre in which I personally write), I’ve recently discovered I like quite a lot of science fiction. I also aim to read modern classics and diversely.
I generally use the Goodreads rating system in my blog post reviews, but will also indicate 1/2 if I’m torn between ratings.
★ – I hated this book / I did not finish it
★★ – I did not like this book
★★★ – It was okay / I have mixed feelings
★★★★ – I liked, or really liked, this book
★★★★★ – I loved this book / This is a new favorite / I think this book is canonical
Need to chat? Contact me on Twitter or at betwinedreads(at)gmail(dot)com.
Disclaimer: All the thoughts presented on this blog are my own. I am not currently affiliated with any company or brand that would influence my opinions in any way. I do my best to cite when I feature major images that are not my own. If you would like to use my words or images, please do me the curtesy of letting me know, citing my blog, and providing a link.