My name is Melissa McHugh and my favorite thing to do in the world is read. I’ve been reading since I was four years old and my cousin put Ann Likes Red in front of me. By the time I was eight or nine, I was reading the V.C. Andrew novels my mom left around the house, sneaking my cousin’s Baby-Sitters Club series and spending pretty much every waking moment in my local library.
I would get detention in second grade for hiding my book under my desk when I was supposed to be doing math. My parents tried to ground me by taking away my books — I had hiding places all over my room, so that never worked.
As I’ve grown older, my reading habits have changed. I’m now in my early thirties, working as a substitute and tutor and pursuing my teaching certification to teach Social Studies. As part of my certification, I’m working on a graduate degree in American History. At the moment, I basically read history books and romance novels. I read history for fun and research, but I read romance novels to relax and take a break from every day life.
I read anywhere from 100-150 books a year, sometimes it’s more because I often reread the same books and I can’t count those in Goodreads twice. I rate them all on Goodreads and sometimes I reviewed them there (and sometimes on Amazon.)
At the moment, this blog is in its baby stages. The design is awful, and that’s mostly because I’m working on getting the book review plugin I’m using t look the way I want it to. I’m adding the earlier reviews I’ve done, but only the ones that are decent and not just a few lines or paragraphs. The reason I decided to start this blog is because I read so many books every year that if I don’t keep track of how I feel about them, I often forget them. I read too quickly sometimes and reviewing helps me slow down and remember better.