About

Hello!

My name is Elena and I’m an English and American Studies student graduate. I am currently pursuing a PhD at my alma mater. My focus? Women’s representation in crime fiction. In this blog I review everything I read in my spare time.

My preferred genre is narrative, with a special love for novels. Into the categories “English literature “and “American literature” I include both classic and contemporary works, and I like to switch from well-known and successful authors to emerging talents.

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.
  • My favourite authors are Margaret Atwood and Kate Atkinson.
  • 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!
  • Someof my favourite movies are: Last Night, Gone Girl, and Mona Lisa Smile.

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!:)

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  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:)

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    • 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.

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  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!

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  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:)

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