Although I am literate, I’m not literally a housewife. I live in Virginia, act as a Senior Business Systems Analyst during the day, and live as a wife and mother of two young daughters by night. Oh, and did I mention that I love to read?
My name is Jennifer and I am a 41 year old married mother of two girls aged 10 and 8. I work full-time as a Project Manager for an insurance company. I love to read and try to finish two books per week when at all possible. As much as I love to read and blog, life does get in the way from time to time.
About Literate Housewife
The next best thing to a good book is sharing and discussing it with others. Social media has created a wonderful platform for discussing books, authors, and narrators with people all over the world. Literate Housewife has been an active book blog since January 2007 as a means to carve out a piece of my life just for myself. It was the best New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever made. It might also be the only one I’ve kept up. Ha! My blog isn’t the only place I discuss books. I maintain an active presence on Twitter as well (@lithousewife). My Twitter feed is where you’ll most often find my immediate reactions to books, authors, and narrators. It’s also my number one source for recommendations. There are so many wonderful books I’ve discovered by following some really incredible readers, publishers, and authors.
In addition to this blog, I am the co-founder of the Armchair Audies, an audiobook challenge for those who like to take an active roll in preparing for the APA’s Audie Awards. 2013 will be our second year and we now have a Facebook page as well. I am also a founding member of the Bloggers Recommend Advisory Board.
As my friend Kristin reminded me, I’ve always wanted to live in a room above a garage (like Fonzie for whatever reason). Literate Housewife has become that room for me and I love having as many guests as care to stop by for a visit.
* No longer accepting review copies for books published before July 2013. *
I do accept books for review. When I accept a book for review, please know that it is not a guarantee of a review unless I’ve specifically agreed to a date for review. Reading and book blogging are my favorite pastimes, but if something in my life has to give, family and career come first. I consider all books I’ve accepted and do my best to fit them all into my reading schedule. I would never accept a book if I didn’t think I’d want to read it.
Due to volume, I can’t respond to every pitch I receive, but I do read them and consider them. If you do not receive a response from me within a week, I am not interested in the book.
When I receive books, I typically talk about them on Twitter and every so often I write a post about books I’m looking forward to reading. Once I’ve read and reviewed a book, I will provide a copy of my link. I also post my reviews on LibraryThing. I don’t typically post reviews on Amazon or Barnes and Noble’s websites, but I am happy to do so on request.
I do try to be an eclectic reader, but as with other readers, I tend to lean toward specific types of fiction. I’ve broken down books by genre as best as I could to help you gauge whether to send me a pitch for a specific book.
Loves: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Gothic Fiction, and titles with dark humor
Likes: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Classics and Indies
Perhaps: Memoirs, Non-Fiction depending on the title, and Horror
Unlikely: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance and Christian Fiction
Never: Self-published titles, Self-help books, Erotica, Books about faith and religion
I do find that I’m more adventurous in audiobooks than in print. I can’t explain this completely. I do know that when I enjoy narrators, I’m prone to follow them wherever they may lead – within reason.
Audiobooks provide my most consistent source of reading due to my commute to and from work. That doesn’t mean that I don’t love the feel of a book or my Kindle in my hands, though. There’s nothing like the smell of a book or the joy of reading a brick of a book on my oh-so-light Kindle.