These are pages are weird, no. We all want to know something about the person writing but when doing the writing it’s hard to make the intro sound like a real person wrote it, one with interests and likes/dislikes, a job, friends…
I’m Sarah. I’ve spent most of my adult life working in bookshops because that’s where I’m most at home. I’ve done some great jobs over the years, including being a Children’s Bookseller and being part of the opening team at Waterstones Piccadilly. Currently I do bookish website stuff at Foyles. It’s fun.
I guess saying I love books and reading is fairly obvious, but true nonetheless. History is my other big thing, and one day I might finish my PhD on women not eating in the long 18th century (there’s still some more about that here at the moment, even though I’m not currently enrolled). Or write more about the depictions of women’s bodies in midwifery and medical texts. I wrote a little bit about this in The Secrets of Generation, if you should ever stumble across a copy.
Back to the more general bookish chat. I was recently described as a reading magpie, and that’s true. I collect treasure wherever I find it, across genres (what is genre anyway?). Historical fiction is my happy place, but I am incapable of restricting my reading, and have no desire to do so. I want to indulge in the plethora of written word available. Or something like that.
I turn corners and break spines, I underline and make notes, I drop books in the bath (by accident, you understand) and scuff covers in my bag. I read the heck out of my books, and if I like what I read I’ll tell you about it.
I have an older book blog at www.andthenireadabook.blogspot.co.uk, which is still there. One day I might bring the content over here. Or not.