About Me

So, I imagine you want to know a little something about me (as of October 2014 when I updated this).

About Me:

Well, I'm Lindsay. :)

I'm in my 20's, I live in BC, Canada, and in June 2010 I finally got my B.A. in English literature. I didn't specialize in any subject or genre, but I loved British Victorian literature, children's lit, popular literature & culture, Shakespeare, and Greek mythology.

Now, I read a lot of YA. And comics. Comics are new to my reading list (meaning single issue 30-page comics that I pick up at the comic book store) but I'm liking them.

And I don't think I did when I was in high school. I actually read a lot of romance novels when I was a teenager, which was a little odd whenever friends would ask what I was reading.

I'm trying to split my time between a job, writing YA fiction, reading it, and reviewing it. So far, I might be doing half of that. ;) I'm trying to find a job, I'm trying to edit a first draft into a second draft, and I'm reading and reviewing at a more regular pace.

I like the idea of book blogging. Blogs are becoming the place where people get their info on books and movie and music for the younger generations as opposed to newspapers. My blog isn't big, clearly, but I'm still doing it and I don't plan on stopping. It's fun. :)

I'm not sure how I would describe myself. I'm kind of a dork. I'm extremely book obsessive, somewhat of a pop culture junkie, and I know a little about a lot, like history and TV shows and movies and books and a little science, even though usually when I bring up something scientific I'm completely guessing. I should probably stop handing out science trivia. ;)

I've worked as a behavioural interventionist (assisting a child with autism) and children's tutor. But I need to make something clear: I had no training or experience. I should not have been hired for that job. But they still took me when I first showed up and I stuck around for about 2 and a half years. To be honest, it was more child care and after-school homework help. I've done some English lit tutoring, some research paper editing. I actually proofread my sister's research paper for her to get her Honours degree and not just a plain B.Sc. Of course, she's much smarter than I am. ;) Every August for the past 5 years I've volunteered at the Vancouver Public Library's Writing & Book Camp for kids and teens. I keep going back because it's fun, because I like hearing about what books teens are interested in.

In January of 2013, I attended ALA's Midwinter meeting in Seattle. It was interesting, to say the least, and it was fun meeting book bloggers and authors I would never have met in person because of where I life and where they live.

Every May I host the Canadian YA Lit Event. It's 2 weeks of reviews, author posts, and Q&A's with and about Canadian YA authors. I don't think children's literature gets enough recognition in Canada. Yes, there's the Forest of Reading awards (in Ontario), and Children's Book Week, and there's a children's section in the Govenor General's literature awards, but why isn't there a children's lit version of the Giller Prize? Or of Canada Reads, when Canadian literature is talked about on TV? Give me a call, CBC, and we could totally work something out. ;)

I hope you like it here. I hope you like my reviews. Thanks for visiting. :)

Me on Twitter: @le_robertson

Me on Goodreads: Lindsay

My Review Policy:

I imagine it's time I write one of these, just as an in case. At the moment, it's short (it's not, sorry).

Currently, I review young adult books and on occasion I review middle grade books and graphic novels. Books I review are often ones that interest me in a personal level and not necessarily because they're popular and have a large fan base (see my Underrated YA posts for the past few years). They have either been bought, borrowed from the public library, or sent to me for the purpose of reviewing them. Feel free to look through the reviews I have posted (the above tab labelled 'Book Reviews,' sorted alphabetically by both Author Name and Title). Genres I often read include urban fantasy, dystopian, historical, fantasy, mystery, and contemporary (YA isn't a genre, it's a point of view). I'm trying to work in some more science-fiction. And Canadian-authored YA. If you're from Canada and you've written YA, I'll probably want to read it. I'd like to review more graphic novels, maybe some manga. Maybe one week I'll review all 6 volumes of Scott Pilgrim. ;) Such an awesome series.

At the moment, I'm rather picky about requests to review self-published books. It'll really have to interest me enough for me to want to review it. If you don't hear back from me, don't take it personally.

I try to review all advance copies I get, but the earliest the review is posted is 2 weeks before the release date. I'm not big on posting reviews for books months in advance of the release date, even though I understand why others do. So, at the moment the earliest is 2 weeks. If it works out, my review is posted on the release date. (PLEASE NOTE! As of October 9, 2014, I'm not accepting any more 2014 released to review. I'm a bit behind on posting reviews before the release date. Curse you, every book coming out on October 14th.)

But, wonderful authors and editors and publishers, if you still think I'd be interested in reading and reviewing your book, you're welcome to e-mail me at leroberts.26(at)gmail(dot)com.