Welcome to Your Daughter’s Bookshelf. I am Stefanie, a former public relations hack and mom/chauffeur/cook/maid/ATM to one teenager, one almost-teenager, and one might-as-well-be-a-teenager. What started as just wanting to know what my children were reading has turned into a full-blown obsession with the genres of Young Adult and pre-teen fiction.
I started this blog for several reasons: my husband was threatening to throw out my books unless I did something about the volume on the shelves (and under the bed and behind the chairs), so I figured this would give me an excuse to keep buying new ones. Also, one of my BFFs started telling me to get off my ass. So I did.
The name of the blog is a reminder NOT to walk by your children’s bookshelves; just because the jacket says “young adult” or “9-11 years” or “middle grade”, does not mean that there isn’t an amazing story hidden inside. A good book is a good book. And YA has some of the most imaginative, well-written stories out there.
On this blog, you will find my musings on the books that cross my path, written for the adult with the teen still trapped inside. Also, I hope that you might find recommendations for your own children when they moan “I have nothing to read…”
There will be no reviews of Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, or Twilight on this blog. The first two have been reviewed and made into movies and discussed and blogged about endlessly, and I have nothing new to add. The third series had sparkly vampires in it. ‘Nuff said. I didn’t make it past the second chapter. There are some days when I wish I could un-read something…
At times, I will review entire series at once, at others, the individual books in them.
I may not love all the books I review, but will always try to find some positives in them. That’s not to say I won’t point out cons along with the pros, but it is damn hard to write a book, and I am not about to crap on anyone else’s efforts. Unless I can do it respectfully. At least, that is my plan. (Twilight is an exception. See above.)
I have a weird love/obsession for proper grammar, spelling , and punctuation. So if you spot a typo in my blog, PLEASE let me know! Editors welcome!
I hope you enjoy my reviews, but if you don’t, let me know! Argue with me! Tell me why I’m right or wrong! It’s a book club, and all opinions are welcome. (Just don’t be mean to anyone, please, including the authors of the books.)
Also, I have started a facebook page about the blog. If you “like” it, you will be notified of new reviews as they are posted. I think. You probably know that. If you knew me, you would laugh at the fact I even wrote “I have a facebook page…” facebook.com/yourdaughtersbookshelf
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Welcome, and thanks for stopping by. Please enjoy!