About the Reader

20140312-195442.jpgtl; dr: I live and write all kinds of stories in Toronto.

I’m a professional enthusiast, and I’ve been reading since I was two-and-a-half years old. Many of the books I read are in the YA fiction category, though I do also read literary fiction, romance, and recently comic books/manga. I am also an advocate for short stories and novellas, having discovered an enduring love for them through university.

Besides books, I also study languages (French, Japanese, Latin), watch musicals and plays (most recently the 2014 tour of Wicked), discover new TV shows (*shakes fist at The Fosters*), and flail over the Japanese boy band Arashi (You are my soul soul, boys. Honto ni.). Sailormoon is my lifeblood.

I am passionate about intersectionality in feminism, creative writing, and media representation of people of colour (POCs). Diversity in YA is very close to my heart, and I would like to eventually work in a position that allows me to promote diversity in literature.

You can find me writing about books, manga, and Asian media representation over at Women Write About Comics. Straight-up book talk more your style? Check out my pieces at Book Riot.

Books I’ve loved:
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

Authors I admire:
Libba Bray
Meg Medina
Angela Carter
Dorothy Parker
Ishiguro Kazuo
Laini Taylor
Marissa Meyer

About the Blog

Mermaid Vision Books was born out of a desire to practice and further develop editorial/analytic skills learned in university. Or, put simply, I like talking about books in a critical way. While reading will always be a hobby I do for fun, I also want to take books apart and see how they work (or why they don’t).

So yes, I do write positive, negative and ambivalent reviews. These reviews can and will be for books that I buy, borrow and receive from publishers. I do my best to be as fair to the story as possible, and I do not attack or criticize authors. I am always open to discussing my reviews, and I would love to learn from other readers’ views of the books I talk about. I’ve been blogging since 2011, and I have noticed that it’s helped me to value my reading time and the books I choose to read. You can find out more details on my review policy.

As a founding member and organizer of the Ontario Blog Squad, I work with my fellow Bloggettes to create an open, friendly and encouraging environment for book bloggers to share their love of stories. Come say hi @BlogOntario!

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