Hello! I’m Miriam Joy, and this is my book blog. If you’re looking for general posts about literature, writing, life, growing up, university, politics, social issues, fandom, and music, then you probably want to head over to my main site: Miriam Joy Writes. Here, you’ll find book reviews and occasionally book tags, just to shake things up a bit.

To see my most recent reviews, click the Reviews tab at the top. If you want to browse through earlier ones, go for the Review Archives. And if you want to know more about how I’m approaching reviews on this blog, check out my Reviewing Policy.

More about the blog

I started this blog as a way of keeping all my reviews in one place — I tend to write brief reviews of a few lines on Goodreads, but nothing more substantial — and as a way of justifying having a NetGalley account to get free books in return for reviews. That said, half the stuff I review here was picked up from the library or a charity shop, given to me, or otherwise randomly stumbled upon, so while some of it may be new releases, other books will be old and you’ll wonder why I’m reviewing them at all.

I try to keep to a semi-regular schedule, posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am (everything’s scheduled in advance: I’m not a morning person, but it makes it easier to keep track of). However, due to health reasons and university and just other stuff getting in the way, this doesn’t always happen, so while I’ll try to keep posts to those days, they might not be every one of those days and there will be sometimes be months where I disappear altogether. (Sorry.)

In the interests of full disclosure, where there are links to Amazon at the bottom of reviews, they’re Amazon Associates links. If you buy books via those links, I theoretically get a tiny bit of money. I mostly forget to add these, though.

More about me

I’m a novelist, poet, blogger, vlogger, folk musician, dancer, booknerd, and full-time procrastinator. When my health makes it possible, I’m also a student of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge, though I had to take some time out earlier this year. During these months at home I worked as a part-time school librarian — you can nearly always find me around books.

I’ve self-published three poetry collections, but I’m hoping to pursue traditional publishing with my novels. I’m also the co-author of St Mallory’s Forever, a YA mystery novel set in a boarding school, with Saffina Desforges and Charley Robson. My poetry has appeared in The Dawntreader, a quarterly poem magazine, and Cambridge Notes, a student publication.

While I mostly read fantasy, often of the YA persuasion, I do actually have pretty diverse reading tastes. I’m partial to books with unusual protagonists, as well as queer, disabled, and otherwise minority characters. I like books with minimal romance and maximum friendship, and I also like books with plot twists that make me gasp. Sometimes I like books that make me cry; sometimes I want books to make me laugh so hard it hurts. It kind of varies according to how I’m feeling.

I read fast, and in 2015 read 233 books, so you can see that the reviews here won’t be representative of everything I read — that would be impossible! To get a better idea of my reading tastes, you might want to check out my Favourites (a woefully incomplete list), or hang out with me on Goodreads.

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Nicole says:

    Good morning. I discovered your blog and decided to leave a comment. Thank you for all the reviews you’ve written, they made the excruciating process of looking for a book without romance in it a facile task. I’ve bought most of the books you’ve given great reviews, mainly the ones that focus on friendship and less or no romance at all. I have to apologize though, I read the reviews section immediately so I didn’t know about the links. I’ll be sure to remember about it the next time a book captures my interest.

    Best regards,

    • Miriam Joy says:

      No worries! I don’t remember to put links on every post anyway, haha. I’m glad my blog was helpful to you — it’s definitely frustrating when books inevitably have romance for no real reason.

  2. Rutha Miesner says:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

    • Miriam Joy says:

      How annoying! It could’ve ended up in spam, but I just checked and there isn’t anything there. Thanks for attempting to comment anyway, even if it didn’t work. Heh. 🙂

  3. RS says:

    Wanted to ask if you had read the Railhead series by Philip Reeve… it seems like the kind of book you generally review..it has a racially diverse cast and I believe the second book has an asexual character

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