When I was 3 years old, I asked my mom to teach me how to read. Thinking I was too young, she told me that we could start learning when I was 4. To her surprise, on my 4th birthday I said, “Mom, I’m ready to learn how to read now!”
I’ve been reading non-stop since then. My tastes have gone from the Nancy Drew series, the Little House on the Prairie series, and Mary Higgins Clark mysteries, to Wallace Stegner, Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Hardy. I studied English (literature and editing) in college as both an undergraduate and graduate student. Novels are my first passion, especially anything “classic.” By that, I mean those canonized and important books by dead white men. I am most drawn to the modernists and the realists, both British and American.
Despite my love of this literature, I found a new passion for forgotten female novelists of the modernist era (1914-1950) while writing my master’s thesis on Dorothy Whipple. She is one of my favorite authors, despite Virago’s use of her work as the least important type of novel they would publish. They often called this the Whipple line. Many female novelists have been forgotten, but thanks to Persephone Books, these women are being republished and remembered.
I also love to write and research. I spent the last few years earning a Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric. I graduated in May 2016 and I’m currently a visiting assistant professor at a university near my home. I’m also a mother of two little girls. They keep me busy and happy.
I have been published in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Communication Design Quarterly, Intercom, Sunstone, Indiana English, and in conference proceedings. I’m always working on some sort of writing, so this blog is a way for me to self publish and to hone my skills. A few years ago, I spoke with a senior editor at Ms. Magazine about becoming a writer; her advice to me was “start a blog.” So, here I am.
Thrilled to have found your blog! We have a lot in common, it seems — from literary tastes, to writing, to teaching writing, to being moms while trying to do all of the above!
I discovered Persephone Books last summer and fell in love. If I had the money, I’d take out a perpetual subscription. You’re the first person I’ve “met” who knows anything about them.
Looking forward to exploring your blog and hopefully chatting about books and writing now and again.
And might I add, I love your name….sounds like a heroine from a 19th century novel.
Thanks so much! I like your blog, too. I was drawn to it because of the name Persephone. I wondered if you had chosen it because of that publishing company, and sure enough, you had! I’d love to order their books regularly too, but alas, they are expensive. I have found some used and older copies of some of the titles on Amazon and such.
The other funny thing we have in common is our blog themes. Chateau. I guess great minds think alike! I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog.
Well, actually…..the blog name is a little more personal than the Persephone Books….it has to do with my novel. But if the title called their books to mind and caused you to come by and take a look, then all the better! One writer I know told me that certain books have a way of finding you. Perhaps blogs are capable of the same.
I love Chateau! Several other writers whose blogs I read use it, too. There is something artistic and literary about it that beckons the writerly minded soul……
Looking forward to chatting soon!
Congrats on Freshly Pressed and good luck with school.
I write about books- and other topics–
currently reading Alice Hoffman’s The Dovekeepers and loving it.
Thanks! I’m very happy about Freshly Pressed.
I had English as an undergrad degree, and I am currently taking up my Masters in Literature. I am happy to find this blog and I hope you would let me quote you as one of my references in my would-be critic papers. Salute.
I would LOVE it if you quoted me, as long as you cite! 🙂 But I am sure you know that as a Master’s student.
Awesome blog , i liked it so much
please do visit my blog too mam i wish you live long , nice written
sorry emily for my english please post some comments on my blog too , i m newer in blogging and of just 17years old.
Thanks for the compliments and for stopping by my blog!
its damn sure that your blog is good but what about my blog.:)
what a lucky person you are, emily!
to have a chance of actually being paid to do what you love is my dream, too.
and reading? why, ever since i was in junior school here in the uk (around age 10yrs), ive always loved reading. to me, it offered an escape, as we were not well off and had to save every penny to survive. but being in a library was heaven to me, opening up a safe, secure world for me, and for free, too!
best of luck in your endeavours, and pls, more about youre reading and have read!
Libraries are heaven! Thanks for reading my blog.
Emily I came across you blog by chance, as I was looking for other like-minded readers. I love your posts, lists etc so much so in fact I have nominated you for a VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD. Please visit http://glamaross.wordpress.com
keep posting. you rock!
Thank you so much. I am flattered!
Hello! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Check out the link:http://diaryofanewife.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/the-versatile-blogger-award-goes-to-me/
Thank you! I appreciate it.
You`re welcome! Your blog is helping me generate my reading list for the summer and I love English Lit! 🙂
I nominated you for a Versatile blogger award! Congratulations and keep up the great work! http://newsofthetimes.org/2012/05/30/two-more-awards-such-a-bounty-of-appreciation/
Thanks! You are too kind.
Oops, you just got this award! Oh well – you must just be THAT good. 🙂
He he. I guess I am! 😉 No problem. It makes me feel good to know that people enjoy and appreciate. Thanks again!
Little House on the Prairie, eh? =) Maybe I could interest you in a review of my book? It consists of what “they” have titled poetry and prose but, what I like to call “short-short stories” =) Here is a link to the sample that amazon offers free:
If you like that and wouldn’t mind a review, email me for the entire review copy.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
It looks like something I would really like. I will email you.
Great! Wow! Thanks so much! Looking forward to it!
Hi Miss Emily! I think I may have emailed you twice as my contact form had an address I do not use. From here on, please contact me at my: firstname.lastname@example.org address. Thanks again!!!
Hi Emily! I’ve nominated you for an award! http://sashabella.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/tell-me-about-yourself-award/
Thank you! I am flattered.
Hi, I came across your blog & I fell in love right away. Probably it’s because of how you entertain all the comments you receive. (not all bloggers do that)
I just started my blog, so it’s still brand new to me ^.^. I’m also a writing teacher in a University, somewhere in Indonesia, but, of course, I’m not as proficient as you.
Honestly, I utterly struggle in being a writing teacher. My students keep making the same mistakes always & always 😀 I see very little improvement (is it? not even sure hehe) I sometime take my quite moment to think what methods should I use. I’ve exerted lots of efforts to guide & entertain them. I think i’m missing something here, can you help me figure out?
I really need your advice how to help them improve their writing skills. For your information, Indonesian students consider English as their foreign language not second. So if ever you visit my country, make sure you bring an English-speaking guide. ^.^
Looking forward for your amazing advice!
Thank you! And I don’t know if I have any “amazing” advice, but I have written a few articles on teaching and techniques I use to help with comprehension and thesis statements. Look on my “Publications” page. One is about annotation, which has helped my students immensely, and one is called “thesis math.” I hope those are helpful to you. It is hard to find the right balance in the classroom, but sometimes it just depends on the dynamics of the class and the students. I have had really stellar semesters and really hard, long, and boring semesters. Good luck! I am glad we found each other!
My prediction is right; I’ll get ‘blessed’ advice from you. Hope you’ll always ready to attend to my queries in terms of writing ^.^ Revisiting your blog is beyond excitement!
Yes, feel free to ask me any questions. I may not always have the answers…
I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! 🙂
Thank you much!
It’s terribly un-original seeing as you’ve already been nominated, but I too have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks for a great blog! 🙂
Thank you very much!
We just wanted to say, you have ‘One Lovely Blog’ 😀 …. Find your nomination here… http://easyondeyes.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/ooooo-and-were-lovely-too/
Thanks! You’re very sweet.
Emily, you rock! This is one of the coolest About pages I’ve ever read. Congratulations on the fellowship! It’s always inspiring to hear the ‘start a blog’ advice, and I really think she’s onto something… 😉
I love seeing a writer’s writer (is that a thing? If not, can we just pretend it is?) out and about in the blogosphere. And thank you so much for including me in your Blogroll – what an honor!
Ah, thanks! Those are some serious compliments considering how great of a blog you have. I LOVE reading it. I am more than happy to have you on my little blog roll!
I also love to read, and to write, and so I have started, with the help and support of some friends, to invest more into my blog. I’ve written a lot of book reviews in the past 6 years, and I’ve written a lot of stories, etc. Like one of your readers said, I’ve learned that responding to comments creates reader loyalty, so I always try and do that, too.
I agree. Thanks for reading!
You will do well. I predict the PhD program will be a piece of cake for you! Have fun.
You are so kind. I was just telling my husband how nervous I am and wondering if I can really handle it. I guess only time will tell!
Dear Emily, I nominated you for an Illuminating Blogger Award! http://diaryofanewife.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/back-to-blogging-and-an-illuminating-blogger-award/
Thank you! How thoughtful and kind!
You`re most welcome! Well Done to you! 🙂
Well, you have a great blog and I enjoy reading your posts…you deserve it! 😉
I always enjoy what you write and I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” Check out the details here: http://thecoffeeclubandme.wordpress.com/
Thanks so much! It is a much needed boost for my ego today. 🙂
I’m one of your followers 🙂
There’s this “One Lovely Blog” award thing, and I’ve chosen your blog as one of my nominees! Check it out here: http://venomsblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/one-lovely-blog-me-oh-stop-it-you/
Sweet! Thank you!
You’re welcome! 🙂
I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award 😀 Click on this link to see the rules http://mystudentstruggles.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thank you! How very sweet of you. I’m honored.
Hi there!! I love your blog and I nominated you for the Booker Award! Hope you will play along! http://newsofthetimes.org/2012/08/23/travel-photo-of-the-year-contest-and-the-booker-award/
Wow! Thank you. How nice of you to think of me. I just love your blog, and I have been so grateful for all of the kind words and moral support from you. You are such a wonderful person!
Thank you!!! Of course I think of you immediately!! I would love to see your list if you have time to participate but don’t feel obligated! Thanks for reading and joining in the discussions!! And for the kudos!!
If it isn’t too much trouble, would you mind perusing this page from my blog http://sumanraziq.wordpress.com/the-works-of-an-idiot/ ? I would love the opinion of a talented writer such as yourself! Your opinion will be much appreciated.
Give me some time. I will try to get to it! 🙂
There are many great things about your blog – but I also appreciate that you respond to every comment. Yours is the only blog I return to because I KNOW you have responded to my comments. I can only imagine that it must be very time consuming to read and respond to every comment, but I think it’s very awesome! In a world of computers and blogs sometimes the “community” can become very impersonal. With only a small picture behind the words, I think it is sometimes easy to forget there’s a real person out there. I think your efforts to respond to your readers comments changes that!! You’re an inspiration and I’m so proud that so many of your dreams have come true. It’s clear to see that it hasn’t been easy, but hopefully that makes it all the more rewarding! I feel like I can already say…”I knew you when…” 🙂
You’re too kind, Ash! I seriously doubt your last statement, but I appreciate the sentiment all the same. I am glad you read. It keeps me going knowing that people are reading, especially people I love and care about and admire.
I am getting in touch on behalf of Eventispress, a small publishing company in the UK. We are proud to announce the launch of our first novel: Ancasta, guide me swiftly home; a vivid historical romance set during WWI written by Diana Jackson. We are looking honest reviews; would you be interested? I would be happy to send you more information, no strings attached, just drop me a line at email@example.com.
Ella @ Eventispress
Ella, historical romance novels are not my thing. Sorry, I will have to pass. I wish you and Diana the best of luck!
Dear Emily, Fair enough! Thank you for taking the time to respond. In case you are curious it is available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ancasta-Guide-Swiftly-Riduna-Series/dp/0957252005/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351862044&sr=8-1).
It’s great to read about how much reading has shaped your life.
I would like to nominate you for The Booker Award as I think your life is wrapped up in books too 🙂
Thank you! Yes, my life pretty much revolves around books, when my kids will let it!
It is pretty amazing that “you entertain all the comments you receive” to quote deborachaterin. You are more than generous, and kind, with your time. I feel that you will influence far more than your “regular” students, by doing this blog. Not many people are so giving, much less as kind as you in your replies. Reading is something I’ve always loved. I, too learned to read at age 4. Writing is something I’ve always wanted to do, but really don’t have the combined knowledge, wit, whatever else it takes. But I still like to try when I have thoughts that I feel like sharing. Not putting myself down, but stating the truth: what I write comes off flat, trite, and mundane. I thought when I retired I might take some classes in creative writing, but by that time I just wanted to enjoy inspiring my offspring, if possible. You don’t have to respond to my self-critique…would embarass both of us. Anyway, let me just say that I take real joy in reading really good writers! I love it when words well used just blow me away! I’ll be checking back with you often because I value your suggestions.
Wow! Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy interacting with people on my blog. I think of writing as a conversation, and if nobody were commenting, then I wouldn’t get to have that conversation. To me, that makes it all worthwhile. Thanks for reading my blog!
Hi, just popped in to let you know that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award for “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. See http://heartandahalf.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/an-award-for-moi/ if you’d like to accept. If not, you have a nice mention on my blog anyway!
Thank you! What a kind gesture. I really appreciate it!
Emily — I know of you from Feminist Mormon Housewives. I realize your interest is mainly in fiction, but perhaps you would be interested in my new nonfiction book that will be released on December 11. Called “Am I a Saint Yet? Healing the Pain of Perfectionism” (Cedar Fort), it speaks frankly about this problem in the LDS subculture and about my own struggle as a recovering perfectionist. I can send a long a PDF if you’re interested. Best, M. Sue Bergin
Oh my goodness, Sue! I would love it. And I KNOW YOU! You published an article in BYU Magazine that helped me make sense of my strange relationship with my mother. I wrote about it here: https://emilyjanuary.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/the-portrait-of-a-tiger-mothers-daughter/ and I cited you in it! So, yes, please send it along. I can’t wait to read it. januarypetersen at yahoo dot com. Thanks for approaching me.
I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please visit http://wp.me/p1jxzE-6u to review my post.
Thank you! I’m flattered.
I’ve just had a look through your blog and read this particular post too. I think it’s super cool that you’ve been published and you clearly have a lot of experience behind you.
I’m brand new to wordpress and was wondering if you have any advice on how to become a little bigger and gain followers? I feel like I’m writing to myself at the moment, lol. Any advice would be much appreciated!
And I really hope your blog gets you to where you want to be and you become a writer. Good luck!
Thank you. I would say keep writing. I wrote twice a week for five months before I had a lot of followers. Getting freshly pressed also helps. The more you write, the more chance you have of that and of others seeing your posts in the tags. And you should write for yourself and stay authentic. It is worth it even if only a few people are reading. Good luck!
Thanks so much
Hi Emily dear,
Been a while never seen you around. Hope all’s well.
Just to let you know how much I adore your book-blog, I’d love to share this book award with you.
Check it out here,
Keep reading! Keep reviewing! Enjoy! 🙂
Thanks, Asha. I needed that boost and encouragement today. You are kind!
Most welcome and much deserved, Emily! 😛
Enjoy the festive season! Cheers! 🙂
I’m so glad I found this article. I’m coming to grips with my past as a piano playing puppet of a Tiger Mom. There are startling similarities between your account and my own memories of my relationship with my mom. I am a conservatory trained classical pianist. So was my mom. I endured her in your face verbal and emotional abuse for some 25 years, clawed through music school well past burn out,stayed the course for economic reasons by teaching music and now–nearing the age of 40, I am throwing in the towel. I have decided to sever my relationship with family and I plan to finally get off this insane path ( dead end pursuit of respect/validation from a pathologically judgmental/envious mother) and find something else to do. You were wandering around without direction in college. I am now prepared to find my way at the half way point of my life. The moral of the story is: Don’t kid yourself if you are a Tiger Mom’s kid. Cut your losses if you have the resources! ASAP! You aren’t going to receive credit from anyone ( trust me, nobody usually has a clue what is going on regarding your heroic efforts to try and try again and do the “honorable” or “responsible” thing such as stoically sticking with an occupation that you don’t like and sucking it up so you don’t risk failure or shaming somebody by taking an unconventional path). You will only lose your precious youth and time, your energies will go down the black hole of psychological conflict and finally the parent will be utterly oblivious to your suffering. She/he won’t give you even a drop of credit for all you did to show face for them. To them, all the good things you do for their sake is “a given”. This is how they establish psychological dominance over you, and own you if you let them…
Your article is so powerful and honest and I’m glad you challenged that monstrously N famous author. The only reason why people respect the Tiger Mom is because they believe the end justifies the means. Let’s see what her own daughters have to say when they get a little older. But it’s possible that she might succeed in creating clones of herself, who will perpetuate this style of parenting. I’ve seen so many casualties, both overt and covert ( the covert ones are ticking time bombs, but they look successful on the outside)
Few of us can completely break the cycle in this status obsessed zero-sum game we play. I’m sure even I may have residual traits passed down, so vigilant self-awareness must be cultivated so I don’t accidentally do what mom did to me, which was to “break my spirit”. ( she said this out loud to me too, it was her deliberate intention to destroy my self so I’d be nothing but an extension/status proxy of her. Creepy! Oh , by the way, some of these narcissists have incredible reputations in their communities for being wonderful Christian people, like my mom!)
It sounds like you and I understand each other. I like your articulation of the psychological effects and the way that others don’t realize how pushed, prodded, and guilty one feels as the daughter in this situation. I was thinking this morning about how another way that side of my family controls is through disallowing agency. If I refuse to be a victim, then I am accused of breaking up the family or ruining relationships, when the truth is that their abuse is responsible for that. I shouldn’t have to be a victim to be accepted, because that sure isn’t love. It’s conditional, and I am done! I am glad you are done too and I hope you find peace and happiness in pursuing your own dreams and in being who you really are, not who others say you should be.
You are so very gifted in your writing and reading. I’ve nominated your blog for a Reality Blog Award. All of the pertinent information is on my blog. See you there – Ilene
Thank you, Ilene. I appreciate the honor!
You are doing really great. I’d like to see if your interested in writing for out start-up magazine. Take a look or send me an email for info. william(at)bookkaholic.com.
Emily, I thought you’d like to know that I’ve just bought a book after seeing it on your bookshelf! I finished reading your latest blog post, scrolled back up to the top and one of the titles on your header picture caught my eye (even though I have seen that picture lots of time before). It was “The Sunday Philosophy Club”. I looked at the description on Amazon and thought it sounded interesting so I went ahead and bought it, without looking at the reviews. I suppose you could say that being on the bookshelf of Emily January was a good enough endorsement of the book. 😉
Ha! I love it. I hope you like it. I am a fan of the simplicity and warmhearted nature of Alexander McCall Smith’s books. This one features a woman editor of an academic ethics journal in Scotland. Sounds boring, but it really is not. Enjoy!
I’ve nominated your for a Liebster Award; a fun way for bloggers to help each other out by promoting each other! Check it out! 🙂
Thank you! I appreciate that. 🙂
Hello Emily, I have nominated you for The Best Moments Award! I invite you to stop by my blog and see what it’s all about. Have a fantastic day! 🙂
Thanks! What a kind gesture.
You’re quite welcome. I seem to have gotten ahead of myself in notifying you though as my post is not yet complete. I must apologize. It will appear on my blog within the hour 🙂
Hi – love your blog, love your life. You sound like a literary soul-mate! I really like how you’ve laid out your blog, especially the “my favorite posts – start here.” Good idea! I’m following…
Awesome! I love meeting like minds, and it seems like blogging is one of the best ways to do so. I am glad you are here.
I had to take a moment to say I really enjoyed your Blog about Ideas in the shower!
I also have a busy and fast paced life style, I can totally relate.
I wish you all the best in your Blogging! I’m just starting out, day number one was today.
Congrats on starting your blog! My advice, although you did not ask for it, is to create a schedule for posting and stick to it! Good luck. It is such a fun journey.
Hi, Emily. I just came across your blog on Freshly Pressed. I plan to stop back by here to take a peek at your different pages when I have a bit more time…so I am now “following” you. I love to read and write so I was very interested to see your blog. Blessings!
Thanks! It is a pleasure to have you here. I always enjoy meeting nice people and book lovers because of this blog. It is such a great way to find those with similar interests and to share ideas.
Hi Emily. I just stumbled upon your blog by accident but I’m so glad that I did. I love it!
Thank you! How kind of you to say so and I am glad you are here!
I am posting a blog entry this evening and in it I am linking to your post about blogging etiquette. I did want to be sure and mention this to you, and to thank you again for sharing what you’ve learned.
Thank you! That is so kind and thoughtful. I really do appreciate it. 🙂
As a complete newbie to blogging, I was really happy to come across your blog with such great ideas. Thank you
Thank you! I hope it helps. Good luck to you!
I have nominated you for The Bouquet of Three Award. The rules are posted on my blog. You deserve it!
Thank you! What an honor. 🙂
I forgot to tell you to check out my blog; like you, I’m a voracious reader of a variety of genres.
Awesome! I’ll check it out.
HI Emily!! I nominated you for the Liebster Award. I love your blog!! I hope you accept ……Keep Writing!!!
Thank you so much! I appreciate it.
Really enjoy your blog particularly when you review a book i have yet to read. I may not get to read some or all of them but to know what they are about and have an intelligent interpretation is really wonderful. So thank you.
Thank you! I am happy to know that you are enjoying and that you think my posts are “intelligent.” Sometimes I wonder! And I hear you about not getting to everything. It is simply impossible, but so desirable. My list and stack just keep getting longer and higher.
Wonderful is what I think of your blog. You are son confident in your trade and I hope it rubs off on me as well. Recently, I just started writing and blogging after a long absence besides the paper or two while I was attending college. After browsing, I realized how diverse you are in reading and writing and will follow your example and start reading other genres to challenge myself. My gratitude is yours, have a great night.
What kind remarks! I appreciate you reading and I am happy that my musings have inspired you to read more broadly. Good luck and it is nice to have you here.
HI Emily, I’m sure you have heaps of books to choose from but I wonder if you would be able to review Dream Wheeler? It is available to borrow free from Amazon at the moment and there are several reader reviews on my blog to give you a feel for it. Since writing (and self-publishing) the book Macmillan has commissioned me to write two more, but I’m trying to get Dream Wheeler reviewed because half of the proceeds go to Jane, the woman I wrote about. I’m keen for her to benefit in some way. You will understand why if you read it. I am also happy to send you a physical copy if you prefer. Many thanks, Best wishes Deb Hunt
I’m sorry, Deb, but right now my life is too crazy to take this on. If things open up and I feel like I need a new read, I’ll let you know. Thanks for stopping by.
Great stuff…am following it 🙂
I am genuinely glad to have come across your blog, Emily. It’s beautifully maintained with a wealth of information on great books. I am lagging behind in my reading when it comes to classics written by “dead white men” but I hope listings on your blog will inspire me. I have got a suggestion though, with your permission. How about including in your list of (old and new) classics works from outside the canonized Western tradition? It’s a great thing, in my opinion, to open new vistas and get fresh viewpoints from across the world. What do you say about Naguib Mahfouz (Egyptian), Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), Orhan Pamuk (Turkish), Yasunari Kawabata (Japanese), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian) to name but a few modern writers. For female novelists how about Eileen Chang (Chinese), Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan, writes directly in English), Elif Shafak (Turkish), Leila Aboulela (Sudanese, writes directly in English) et al.
I’m glad you are here, and you are so well read! I love the suggestions. I have read Achebe and heard of a few of the others. But yes, I would love to include them. I need more time to READ! Have you read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Anita Desai?
Thank you. I am glad you liked the suggestions. Yes, I have read some of Anita Desai’s older novelettes (Fire on the Mountain, The Village my the Sea) and short stories (Diamond Dust) and also one from her daughter Kiran Desai (The Inheritance of Loss) which is a very good read as it explores themes of political separatism and alienation of an ethno-lingual group from the mainstream Indian society. I have yet to read anything from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
You’ve won The Shine On award!
We all love your blog over here Emily!
Keep your pen busy….
Thank you! I needed to hear that today.
Well you are awesome, keep up the good work being yourself… And get blogging some more, dude. We want more! 🙂
I am definitely glad that i found your blog. You have some good stuff. I found that we have a lot in common, especially in our love for writing. Check out my site sometime, I would love to here your thoughts, but fair warning it is fairly new so I do not have a lot up yet.
Thanks for stopping by, Kim. I’m excited for you and your new blogging adventure. Have fun!
Hi Emily! I was hoping you would be willing to answer a quick question I have about your blog! My email is LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com
Sure. I’ll email you.
I just found your blog, and I really like it. Reading was always one of my favourite activities (besides playing video games :), so please go on with your blog.
Sorry for my English, it is a foreign language for me.
Oh, thank you! And your English is very nice.
Nice Blog! I am looking around wordpress for websites like yours. The point is I have a wordpress website named megancheetahbff.wordpress.com . There is a thing on it called Friend of the Month. All you do is tell me something about you and why you should be on the Friend of the Month page. Please check it out, Emily J.
Good job Emily and Good luck! Keep the faith, especially in yourself and don’t loose sight of your goals- tough when you have little ones!:)
Thank you so much. I appreciate your positive words. 🙂
I really like the novels you took a picture of for your cover banner. Are they your favorites? I’m a 21 year veteran of the public school system in Hawaii and I teach Brit Lit and AP Lit and Comp. I really like reading your blog since our sensibilities seen to be very similar! Keep your blogs coming!!!
It is nice to meet you! Yes, those books are certainly some of my favorites. Thanks for reading. 🙂
Nice blog. Happy to come across your blog. Shall visit frequently
Thanks! It is nice to have you here.
I was given the same type of advice earlier this year. Starting a blog has helped me to nail down my voice and to revive how I write. After taking 15 years off to live life, I’ve decided to go after what I honestly love. I can’t seem to get enough. Blogging has helped me rediscover why I enjoy writing. It’s been a blessing. I look forward to following your words. You have fantastic goals!
I hope you gain as much as I have out of blogging. It really is such fun and more beneficial to my writing and schooling than I imagined it would be. Best of luck to you!
Nice! I love books and my 11-year old is the same! Great blog! 🙂
I nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award. If you chose to accept it please read more about this here. http://gonewiththelind.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/sunshine-award/ I really enjoy your blog and look forward to catching up on it more. Cheers!
Thank you! That is so nice. 🙂
I love your banner – I have some of the same books on my shelf!
Thanks! It is a fantastic group of books, if I do say so myself. 🙂
Oh one last thing…one reason I’m not hasty to follow people (but am more apt to like a post i find interesting) is because I also post on Tumblr. I imagine WP may be a little different, maybe a more “mature” crowd in general (or so I’m assuming) but several people I follow end up posting really vulgar stuff all the time (I’m no prude, but I also don’t want a screen full of vagina when I go to my dashboard). Although sometimes I just do it anyway (and I’m guessing most people don’t even notice), it’s sorta awkward for me to unfollow someone so I try to avoid this by looking at their blog more closely before I just up and follow. In short, I’ve seen things I can’t unsee!! lol
Oh my goodness! I completely understand. I’ve never had that problem on WP. 🙂
So happy to see a Mary Higgins Clark fan!
Well, my fourteen-year-old self certainly was. 🙂
What type(s) of Americans do you find interesting? And what is “Writing while Wet?”
I’m glad to have stumbled onto your blog by accident. I really enjoy your literary prose and unique writing style. I’m happy to be following.
Thank you! Glad to have you here.
Lovely blog. Could spend a lot of time reading through many of your posts.
Thanks! I hope you enjoy them.
Emily J! The blog is looking awesome! I have a few questions for you about setting up a blog, throw me an e-mail!
Taylor! I will. I got your other email, but it was while I was on vacation and then my iPad broke and then I forgot about it! I will get back to you tomorrow. 🙂
I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! 🙂 http://aprillwood.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/a-well-read-woman-blog-has-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/
You’re welcome! 🙂
I am truly inspired reading about you! 🙂 I am certainly going to be a regular reader of your fantastic blog! 🙂 Thank you 🙂
Wow! Thank you. You just made my day!
I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, congratulations! Check it out here and please pass on to other bloggers
Nice blog! Keep on writing.
I would like you to share with me some concepts in postcolonialism, I will need them to write my M.A. in English Literature this summer, if you may help I would be grateful Mme.
I really don’t know much about it nor do I have the time. Good luck to you!
I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and I think it is wonderful. Therefore, I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
My post nominating you will go live on my blog on February 26 at http://mthupp.wordpress.com. I hope you will pass along additional nominations of great blogs, but even if you decide not to, I wanted you to know how much I appreciate what you write.
Theresa, your words warm my heart and I love that you read my blog. Thank you so much!
Hi Emily – I’m always excited to stumble upon others who are passionate about reading and writing! While I pursued English (and French) literature up to high school, I didn’t continue, so it’s great to return to my first love at a later stage in life. This is my first visit here and I very much like your blog and intend to re-visit. All the best!
Thanks, Shery! It is nice to have you here. I hope you continue to pursue your love of literature.
Thanks Emily. I look forward to your posts.
My, how you’ve grown since last I read your blog! I am happy for you. I am also following you again and blog two or three times a week myself. You might enjoy today’s effort.http://hughcurtler.wordpress.com/
You’re blogging again? I’m there! Thanks for reconnecting with me. 🙂
I look forward to reading your blogs and your comments on my blogs as well!
Hi Emily! I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award 🙂 I very much enjoy reading your blog!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate you thinking of me.
Hi, Emily. I just discovered your blog. It looks like it is right up my alley. I too love modernists (especially forgotten female ones), but I’d never heard of Dorothy Whipple. I’ll look into her. Are you familiar with Frances Newman or Evelyn Scott? They are modernists from the American South.
I haven’t heard of either one, but thanks for sharing them with me. Welcome!
Literature is a wonderful thing. Thanks for blogging about such a wonderful topic!
It’s my pleasure!
Thanks mam for this wonderful blog, I am inspired…..
Emily, thank you for the follow. Thank you also for the courtesy and graciousness you show to those you interact with on wordpress. It is instructive to those of us less familiar with its life.
My pleasure, Simon. I’ve enjoyed your comments on my posts and interacting with you!
Hey Emily, I love reading and writing and I love readers and writers… Glad to have found your blog… 🙂 Although I’m not a pro, I’d still appreciate your visit and see if you like anything…
I’ll give it a look!
From one PhD aspirant (shall be applying for Org Behavior Programs starting Fall 2015) to another….. wish you all the very best! Just the thought of having to manage school work, research fellowship and managing family/ 2 daughters makes my head spin! Salud/ Respect! 🙂
Thank you! I certainly am busy, but I love being busy. Good luck to you in your endeavors!
Hi Emily, just found your blog. I’m always looking for a way to expand my horizons when it comes to books and this seems like the right place 🙂
Very cool! I look forward to getting to know you.
Hi Emily, I read this article in the newspaper at the weekend and thought you would enjoy it. Here is the online version of it: “Move over, Lizzie Bennet – let’s hear it for the unsung heroine”.
All of the article is interesting but I especially liked the section about Meg March in Little Women. Everyone loves Jo but Meg, as the “sensible older sister”, is often ignored by readers. Reading the article has made me want to revisit Little Women after my exams are over and see how I feel about all the characters, now that I am in my twenties and a lot older than when I last read it.
Oooh, this sounds fascinating! I’ll check it out. Thanks for telling me about it. 🙂
You’re welcome. 🙂
Hi! I would love to guest blog on your blog! Would that be OK with you? I am a small blogger, and I think I could really reach a lot of people from your blog.
I’m not interested in having guest bloggers right now, but if that changes I’ll let you know.
OK, thanks very much!
I have an author friend who writes romance novels; would you be willing to review one of her books? The newest one is Bayou Bound, part of the Fluer de Lis series. I know it may not be the type of book you usual review. but I thought I would take a chance and ask. If you are interested in review it, I have a pdf copy that I can email you. Here is the Amazon link:
Oops, sorry about the typos… I meant to write “usually” and “reviewing”
Coline, I appreciate you asking, but you’re right that romance isn’t usually my thing. I will have to say no. Good luck to your friend!
Hey Emily . Gotta a news for you . I have nominated you for the “ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD ” . You really inspire me Emily and I think you deserve this the most . Congrats 🙂 Click here to know more http://priyankakanagaraj.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/yyyyaaayyyyy-me-ive-been-nominated-for-the-one-lovely-blog-award/
You are very kind to think of me! Thank you so much. 🙂
Hello, as a fellow book worm I wanted to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award (which I see above I have been beaten to!) Happy Blogging, Faye.
Thank you, Faye. I’m happy that you thought of me! 🙂
Hi Emily, I just nominated you for ‘A Lovely Blog Award’ over at my blog, you can check it out here:
Have a lovely day!
Thank you so much! I love your blog, so congrats on the award for you as well.
Thank you 🙂
Hi Emily! I enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please click the link to get the details and happy blogging!
Thank you! Happy blogging to you too. 🙂
Hi, it’s been only a short while since I’ve discovered and followed your blog, but it has quickly become one of my favorites. I was nominated for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and I wanted to relay it by including you among ten blogs for me to nominate. (http://mselliejee.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award-nomination/) I’m not sure how exactly it works or what it is, but please take it as a sign of me enjoying your blog!
Thank you, Ellie! It makes me feel good to know that you are reading and enjoying. That’s my goal! Thanks for the award. 🙂
Recently I was nominated for One Lovely Blog Award (http://booksandbookshops.wordpress.com/), and when I read that I needed to nominate some other bloggers, I thought about you. I really enjoy reading your posts.
All the best in your PhD and hope continue reading your posts
Thank you! I appreciate you nominating me. Best of luck to you, too. 🙂
You’ve probably been given numerous awards already but I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award here: http://breathinginfiction.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/one-lovely-blog-award/
Thank you! Every award means something, and I appreciate it. You are kind.
What was the date that you started this blog?
January 4, 2012
Hey there Emily! Just tuned in and gave your book blog a follow. If you’d like, come join the fun over at my place, http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Thanks and have a great day 🙂
Absolutely Awesome! Your blog is great. Keep up the great work! please Visit http://www.helloworldmagazine.com sometime, too. Thanks!
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I am not familiar with those, but it sounds like I should be. Thanks for the info!
If you were interested in writing about multitouch iBooks and reviewing The Sword of Air on your blog I would be happy to send you a promo code to download a copy of the book from the iBooks store for free.
Hello Emily! I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, you’re not forced to do it but if you decide to then I hope you enjoy doing it! [:
Thanks! You are kind to think of me. 🙂
Your blog is great so you’re definitely worth the thought! Don’t mention it. [:
Hi Emily. I wrote a piece about Persephone books on my blog. I adore Dorothy Whipple. You have great taste!
Thanks! You do too. 🙂
Hi Emily. Good luck with your journey to becoming a writer. Sounds like we have a fair bit in common. What kind of genre do you like to write?
I used to write adult fiction, but now I am an academic researcher, so I write research articles. Thrilling! 😉 What do you like to write?
Hi Emily. Oh, an academic researcher, wow impressive. I like to write children’s fantasy, for middle grade, and YA.
I am a retired educator. I taught HS World History and elementary writing. Makes sense I like to write historical fiction.
That makes perfect sense!
Emily, this blog is awesome. It’s cool to learn of your beginnings. I also began my love of literature with Carolyn Keene and Mary Higgins Clark. Love hearing your take on things!
Thank you! You are very kind.
You have such an awesome blog here, Emily J. I was wondering if I could do an interview with you, and possibly get the scoop on your passion for writing and where it all began? Would you consider it? I do enjoy the frequent visits to your website =) Thanks!
Kenyona R. Copeland
That sounds like fun. Where would it appear? Contact me by email: januarypetersen at yahoo [dot] com.
I’m going to sen dover an email now. Thanks in advance
Greetings from a neophyte blogger,
I too share your passion for reading, though I hardly know much of English literature, I have always wondered where it would be best to start… And then I found your blog. 🙂 Thank you for your literary guide.
This makes me happy! I hope you find many great books to read here.
I nominated you for a Liebster award. This is getting too hard to find people that haven’t been nominated lol http://www.comfyreading.wordpress.com
😉 Thank you!
I love your blog – the post about all The Light We Cannot See really inspired me to pick it up next, I had some scruples about it and it’s been getting dusty on the bookshelf.
I’ve tagged you for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge – not sure you do these, but I thought it’s fun – https://prettydoesome.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/3-days-3-quotes-book-quote-challenge/ : )
Thanks for thinking of me. I don’t usually do these, but I’ll take a look and see if it sounds like something I could take some time to do. I hope you enjoy All the Light We Cannot See. 🙂
I am enjoying my visit to your blog! You have some great content and categories
Thank you! It is nice to have you here!
Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story.
Thanks for reading!
Wow! haha definitely a similar story growing up. I devoured books at an absurd rate; my mother always spent more than she intended when we went to Barnes and Noble, and I would walk out proudly, with my enormous stack of new thoughts to enjoy. I’ve always loved reading, and in fifth grade (really!) I started writing. If you can call the work of a ten-year-old writing! Since then it’s been my dream to really write, to write things that the world would see and enjoy, as much as I loved what I read!
I would love it if someone like you (ideally you!) would check out my blog. It would be fantastic to get the opinions of a seasoned reader on my work! It’s fromtheinbetween.wordpress.com.
Again, thanks for sharing!
Thanks for commenting and sharing your blog! I started writing very young too. I wrote a whole “novel,” and although I still have it, I’m sure it’s not very good at all. Just a fun memory. 🙂
Hello! I really really liked your blog, Emily! I am new to wordpress, and I hate self-advertising, but I would really appreciate if you take a second to check out my blog! I need some support in my first steps! My blog also inculdes my opinions on books, movies or tv series! Thank you very much Emily, if you read this!!
Thank you for visiting my blog! Good luck with yours. You are at the start of a great adventure and a fun way to meet interesting and awesome people!
Dear Emily, I hope that you allow me to post this at your site. We have a books giveaway (Amazon based) for INTO THE HURRICANE by Jack Hall. We will give books away until November 19 midnight, so please hurry. I hope you will check out
You inspired me to write about and photography my bookshelves- thank you! https://iwouldratherread.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/sunshine-blogger-award/
Wonderful. So glad to hear it!
Hi Emily. Just stopping by to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award! You can do it yourself, if it’s your thing. You can find it here: http://mariekemills.com/2016/02/02/blogger-recognition-award-aka-bra/
I just got nominated to partake in the quote challenge. Part of the challenge is to nominate others, and I’d like to nominate you. If you’re interested, please check it out 🙂
Best of Luck,
Thanks for thinking of me, Shannon!
The field of your Ph.D. sounds fabulous 🙂 Good luck with everything. Glad you started this blog 🙂
Love your blog, and your choice of books. Wanted to check whether you would be interested in reviewing my debut, multicultural novel, Love, Life, and Logic, published by Harvard Square Editions. It’s due out in November 2016 in both paperback and Kindle versions. If you have time, please check here: http://harvardsquareeditions.org/portfolio-items/love-life-and-logic/
You may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for looking at my blog and for sharing your book. I will look into it and let you know.
Congratulations on your publications and graduate work! Your background truly shines through in the intelligent approach you take to your blog. It’s a pleasure to discover some of history’s overlooked literary women through your posts.
I was interested in running an idea by you, if you don’t mind my forwardness. I’m developing a startup with a literary bent, and I would be very grateful for your thoughts and/or endorsement. You can see the details at eboxclub.com. If you’re interested in more information, you can drop me a note at email@example.com.
I look forward to digging deeper into your posts!
Thanks for sharing with me! 8 will check it out. Glad you enjoy the forgotten women authors as much as I do. 🙂
Hi Emily – this is Lisa in Ecuador; are you still in the blogging world?
Hi Lisa! Not really. I never post anymore. How have you been?
Hey.. all well, but I thought of you regarding the sad news that our blogger friend Hugh Curtler died… (last July) he had been battling cancer, and said to take care of his health he was not going to be blogging much… but the absence went too long, and we discovered that he had died.
I remember that he was fond of your posts/blogs and respected your love of the written word.
Oh wow. What terrible news! Thank you for letting me know. He was such a great guy.