I’m Holly. I’m a middle school English teacher and a complete book nerd. (I usually call myself a “word nerd” because that sounds cooler.) I started this blog in February of 2011 as part of an assignment in a college class and I haven’t wanted to give it up since. I read all the time and I love sharing my enthusiasm of books–and the occasional TV show/movie based on books–with others. My specialty is YA books, particularly those that dip into the realm of the supernatural or contemporary YA romance, but I am definitely not limited to these. I also enjoy mysteries, realistic YA fiction, dystopias, and historical fictions as well.
Outside of reading and blogging, I enjoy many other things. I truly do love my job as a teacher. I love being weird and nerdy with the kids and showing them that English is an awesomely weird language.
I’m heavily drawn to the arts as well, particularly theatre and music. I was in show choir and drama club as a kid, a strange combination for someone introverted. I listen to all kinds of music from Broadway showtunes to country to 80s rock and 50s Big Band. I’m also a fan of live theatre. (Yes, I do spell it like the British. I like the way it looks.) Some of my favorite shows are Beauty and the Beast (duh), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Sound of Music (in which I played Liesl in high school).
I’m a major history buff as well. My hero is George Washington (as my students can easily tell you) because I adore researching the Revolutionary War. I’m also drawn to the British monarchy, particularly the reign of the Tudors and the Victorian era. Because of this, I sometimes make obscure history references in my reviews. I apologize. I think they’re funny.