On this site, you can find Book Reviews about works written by people who identify as women. You’ll also find interviews under Meet the Writer with people who identify as women who do any kind of writing: fiction, memoir, poetry, blogging, journalism, you name it! Not all of these authors are published, so you’ll get a variety of insight. My name is Melanie, and I’m happy you’re here! Please see the FAQ for answers about review requests and why there are no people here who identify as men.
If you’re looking for a new blog friend, please note that I only follow people who read and comment thoughtfully on my posts, because I return the same courtesy. I’m not looking for “likes” or brief affirmations, and I will not follow other bloggers if this is all they add to the conversation. I acknowledge excellent blog friends in my blog roll, but should someone go on hiatus, I move their link to remind other readers that even excellent bloggers may take breaks.
I’ve earned a bachelors in English, a masters in English/Creative Writing, and an MFA at the University of Notre Dame in Fiction. I’ve been reviewing for a while, and at a steady clip in a variety of venues.
As a guest reviewer at other venues, I often chose the books I would read and review from a queue, but my choices were frequently limited to books by men—who are published, reviewing books, and having their books review more frequently than women (check out the skewed ratio). There’s nothing wrong with reviewing a great book by a man, but so many women (GTL is trans inclusive) are underrepresented or struggle to find reviewers willing to look at their work.
I take reviewing seriously and will provide reviews that include an overall decision of the value of the book, criteria for what made the book strong or weak, and evidence for the criteria. Sometimes I subtly analyze themes in addition to reviewing. None of my reviews are a simple “I like/didn’t like” a book because I could/could not agree with or relate to the characters. As a result, my reviews tend to be longer.
Still Curious? Take a behind the scenes look at Grab the Lapels in my interview with Lectito.