My name is Elena and I’m an English and American Studies graduate. with an MA in Gender and Diversity. I am currently pursuing a PhD at my alma mater. My focus? Women’s representation in contemporary crime fiction. In this blog I review everything I read in my spare time. I am also a freelancer writer, editor, and reviewer for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Do you want to know me better? Here are some random facts:

  • My favourite focus is Women’s Studies, which means that I like to pay attention to how women are represented in literature and how the audience perceives them.
  • I read because I love it and, as a consequence, I am given the chance to improve in many ways. And I never thought I could do a career out of reading, but apparently I can and I’ve been in awe ever since.
  • Some of my favourite authors are Margaret Atwood, Kate Atkinson, Patricia Cornwell, Sarah Hilary, Robert Galbraith, Gillian Flynn and Kate Morton.
  • I love watching TV. If I am not reading, you can probably find me watching L&O:SVU or CSI re-runs. And I’m proud of it!

My family used to buy me all the books I review because I like to collect them and there is nothing better than a room full of books and their stories. During the summer I usually visit my local library and borrow a few books. They meant a lot to me when I was a kid and they still do.

However, In 2012 I started to accept review copies from publishers and I’m really enjoying the experience, because I am discovering a lot of new talents, especially women writers. In every review, I will clearly state where the book came from, as I want my readers to get an honest review, no matter if the book was bought, sent by a publisher, or a gift from a beloved one.

If you want to contact me, you can leave a comment below – I read them all! – or send an email to booksandreviewsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

Thanks for visiting! 🙂

25 thoughts on “About

  1. Caro says:

    I love your blog! (Says she who’s only now checking it out properly.) I’m interested in Women’s Studies too, although I have less of an academic background on it. I look forward to exchanging views! 🙂


  2. Julia says:

    What a brilliant blog! I’m a huge Kate Atkinson fan as well and interested in feminist views on literature, so I’ll definitely keep popping in 🙂


    • Elena says:

      That is great, Julia! You’ll find a lot of love for Kate Atkinson here. So, thanks for visiting, commenting and subscribing. Don’t forget to check the Feminist Sundays feature every Sunday morning 🙂 I think you’ll like it.


  3. MarinaSofia says:

    Ooopsie, just saw last two comments above – and I’ve nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger award as well. Well, well, great minds think alike and all that… Must mean you really are very inspiring!


  4. Hannah says:

    Hi, just wanted to let you know I think your blog is brilliant! It’s so full of interesting books and I really appreciate your reviews on some of the titles. Helping me decide whether to read them. Thanks 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Elena says:

      Oh wow, I don’t know what to say! Thanks to you for reading and for taking the time to write these beautiful words. I hope to see you back soon, Hannah 🙂


    • Elena says:

      Hi, Jeremy! Thank you very much for your kind comment, it means a lot. However, I don’t usually take part in these awards. Hope to see you back soon (new posts coming out this week!) x

      Liked by 1 person

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