I am known under my “Pen-Name” Jeri Talia Ryan. I am a 46 year old recovering Reading addict (#kidding – usually when you see me I always carry a book with me). I read english and german books, yet I prefer english and you better not ask why because that explanation might take “a moment”
Some years ago I started reviewing because I found myself depending on other persons reviews more and more before choosing to buy a book. So I thought I might help others too and here I am 7 years later and after reviewing “solo” and for other Blogs I finally found a home in my own Blog.
Anyway if you are interested in my thoughts about the books I read I would like to invite you to follow/subscribe this page
I’m a Hampshire specifically Southampton lass. Anything that sounds good. Erotica, romance, crime, mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal romance as well as M/M.
Sci-fi romance genre is my pick me up and get me out of my book funk.
But I can be quite picky when it comes to books. I don’t like the whole jump on the bandwagon thing. It needs to be original.
When it comes to reviews it is always mood dependent. Whatever the review is positive or negative I will always state that it is my personal opinion.
I also don’t to start a new series unless I have finished a series that I’m still on. Otherwise I have too many balls up in the air.
What I overall don’t like is:
Book snobs, don’t get me wrong I like reading classics but not solely.
Authors acting unprofessional and their fan girls stalking honest reviews.
Pet Peeves in books:
Love triangles and squares, oh please, I get antsy enough.
I find it extremely hard to stomach trilogies as they annoy me and I loose interest pretty quickly.
Cheating in books is a big fat HELL NO. Although I have been known to make exceptions.
Women with low self esteem seeing themselves as sluts it just doesn’t seem right.
Millionaires throwing around their money. Give me a blue collar any day.
I rarely read a book twice unless it is off the charts good. I am a major series / genre hopper and sometimes I even forget about a series that I might have started and really liked.
I’m not a fan of serials. Again there are some exceptions.
Same old, same old blurbs.
After reading the first book of the Twilight saga around 2006, it just happened..
“And so Lauren fell in love with books…”
For me, the Twilight saga was the key to the world of reading. After this, there was no way back.
When I was a child myself, I already liked reading, especially books about horses.
Now that I have overcome this “hurdle” of finding the key, reading is something I can’t live without.
At first it was “just reading”…
Now it has become “something” more. It’s no longer just “reading”. I love to chat with other readers, talk (if possible with authors) and most important: write reviews that I finally can share on a blog I host together with my other half.
Reading is living. My air which helps me to get through my day (and even more often nights). Books and even all these people you meet because they love the same thing you love!
When I was a child, my mom got us reading books. She always said all kind of books are good for vocabulary but also for the mind as it brings you to imagine the world of this book as you like…
Later on, because of school I lost that magic. Though, when I hit high school and rediscovered Harry Potter I realized I never stopped loving books.
Reading is my way to escape real life and create a universe with the characters the authors decided to show us.
I have difficulties with fantasy because I used to read those a lot (Harry Potter, Twilight, Wicked Lovely, Soul Screamers, The Iron Fey…) and I lived in those stories so much that now I am scared of trying to read new ones as I will compare them and maybe I feel a bit out of it to believe in fairytales that way…
Which is ridiculous because I read lots of romances with happily ever after more than I change clothes!
I love a good love story. Probably because love is a notion I cannot fathom in real life. But what I love the most is when a love story surprises me. Because I think I am the most annoying person ever as I use to already know the end at like page 10. Most of the time I already know the ‘black moments’ (as Katy Evans calls it in ‘Muse’) and so it makes reading more of a ‘how will the author do that’ kinda thing. I am weird. But I love to discover how the story unfolds because it’s not the end which matters, it how the characters got there. While reading I love people. It’s like people watching with prettier words than the one in my head.
I try reading as much as possible and for that I cannot not mention Natasha Boyd (Eversea) because her words touched me in a way that made me realize books are a way of breathing. I cannot breathe without reading, even when I had a crappy day at work and am exhausted. I need the words.
So that’s me. In love with words and people. I guess. Most of the times anyway 😉
A great book for me is one that takes me on a crazy rollercoaster ride, where you don’t know if you still have a head after the ride. With a good story, a one where I can laugh, cry and think about it. Maybe even change my Point of View. That is a great book for me.
When I’m not reading, you will find me watching Chicago P.D. or one of my all-time-fav movies The Lord of the Rings.
And I love everything pink. And sparkle. Every woman deserves some sparkling in their lifes.
The woman in the background that contributes constantly (without even knowing), she really changed my view on BDSM, Panamera’s, railroad crossings, piercings and DumDum’s … – She is patient with my gramma and my constant need for more idioms AND and she always makes me want to quote Plato …
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. – Plato