Hi, welcome to my blog! My name is Andrea Biagini, and I like to talk about books.
I’ve lived most of my life in New England. From the time I graduated from college up until June of 2015, I was working in various schools, usually (but not always) teaching music. During the summer, my husband’s job moved us temporarily to North Carolina. Being sort of fed up with my ongoing search for a permanent teaching job, I decided to take the year off and work on my other passion, writing fiction.
Writing full-time can be a lonely business. The hard part for me, semi-social butterfly and perennial teacher’s pet, is to be in a situation where I’m not getting daily feedback. My goal with this blog is to get some writing practice that also allows me to connect with other people who want to talk about the things I want to talk about. Also, shameless self-promotion alert, a way to connect with potential readers.
What to expect on this blog
I am a reader. Reading is most of what I do with my spare time. This will primarily be a book blog, because books are my favorite thing to think about and most of what I want to talk about. I’ll be posting individual book reviews, but also some more general posts about my reading life and habits. I read mostly novels, and genre-wise I gravitate towards fantasy, but I don’t limit myself to that and I’ll post about all sorts of different books here.
I’m also giving myself the freedom to talk about other things that interest me. So here’s a short, non-comprehensive list of other topics you might find, in among the books:
– My writing- updates on and possibly some excerpts from my novel-in-progress or some of my short fiction
-Food and drink- pictures and recipes very probable.
-TV- especially if it somehow relates to books. Don’t expect 2000-word Game of Thrones episode recaps, but also don’t expect me not to mention it.
-Music- I am still a band geek in my heart, so if you have a day when you really just need to talk about Holst—or whatever!— I am here for you.
To start I’m going update three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
My rating system
When I review a book, I’ll use a five-star system. Of course that means something different to everyone, so here’s how I use my stars:
One star: Totally hated it and struggled to finish, or poor writing quality. I want people to come here to discuss books and maybe find something new that they would like, so I probably won’t even post any one-star reviews unless I feel like I’m doing a real public service by letting you know that this book is the worst.
Two stars: Finished but didn’t like it, too many problematic elements (in writing or content) to enjoy.
Three stars: Liked it and/or found the writing quality to be average to above average. Would recommend to a friend if it dealt with something they were specifically into.
Four stars: Liked it a lot and/or found the writing to be above average. Would recommend to friends.
Five stars: Loved it, would recommend to everyone. I usually reserve this for real favorites or things that have held up to a re-reading.
The “and/or” you see up there is a warning that sometimes I will dislike a book that is considered well written. The opposite is probably going to happen even more, where I will really love something that is objectively bad. “It was not good, but I liked it,” is a thing I find myself saying upon finishing many types of media.
The rating has more to do with me and what I like than anything else. But I’m assuming that if you weren’t at least a little interested in my opinion you wouldn’t be here in the first place, so that’s how I’m going to roll.
I think that about covers it. If there’s anything else you’re curious about, please leave a comment! I’m really excited to talk about books with you. Thanks for reading.
Coming up next: My review of Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.