"Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one."
- Flannery O'Connor
Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog! My name is Laurel. I'm a 27-year-old shameless book hoarder and bibliophile. I grew up in a small Southern town and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Criminology. I was an English major prior to that. Though I'm still a little unsure of what exactly I'd like to do with my life, I'm trying to stay positive and deal with each day as it comes.
My love of reading came at an early age. I was lucky to have parents that encouraged me to read. I fondly remember my dad taking me to Barnes & Noble, where my main picks were Goosebumps and Great Illustrated Classics. I started becoming more interested in horror and Gothic fiction around high school. My senior year is when I fell in love with Frankenstein, which remains my favorite novel. My Southern upbringing has made me develop a serious love for the Southern Gothic genre as well. My tastes are not limited to the aforementioned genres, though I don't read a lot of contemporary romance or YA.
My other interests include writing (when I'm not struggling for inspiration), watching movies, history (especially Tudor era), collecting vintage horror paperbacks, spending time with family/friends, and traveling when I get the opportunity. I'm a big Marvel fan, so you might very well see some reviews of graphic novels here! Lately I've gotten into wax melts, which doesn't sound very riveting, but I'm obsessed.
I always feel like I'm really boring when I write about myself, but I hope this has given you a little insight into the person behind this blog. Please note that all opinions are my own, and I do welcome discussion on any of my posts. I love hearing different perspectives and interpretations! I'm a pretty slow reader, so there might be lulls between reviews. But I look forward to meeting more book lovers and expanding my to-read list!