Hello! I’m Miriam Joy, also known as Finn to some people, 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.
- a novelist, poet, blogger, occasional vlogger, folk musician, dancer (Irish dance and ballet), booknerd, and full-time procrastinator
- a student of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge.
- agender (they/them pronouns please)
- queer (I mostly consider myself ace/aro these days)
- disabled / chronically ill (I have hypermobility syndrome, coeliac disease, anxiety and depression, as well as all the chronic pain and fatigue that goes along with these)
- very bad at sticking to a regular blogging schedule
- worked as a part-time school librarian while taking time out of uni for health reasons
- self-published three poetry collections (but I plan to pursue traditional publishing with my novels)
- co-authored a YA mystery novel set in a boarding school, St Mallory’s Forever, with Saffina Desforges and Charley Robson
- appeared in poetry magazines such as The Dawntreader and Cambridge Notes
- fantasy, often of the YA persuasion, though I’ve been known to read an esoteric mix of other genres too
- books with non-traditional protagonists (such as those who are LGBTQ+, have disabilities, or otherwise belong to a minority group)
- books with minimal romance and maximum friendship
- plot twists that make me gasp
- books that make me cry, or books that make me laugh so hard it hurts (it depends how I’m feeling)
- own voices representation (e.g. authors from marginalised groups writing about characters from those backgrounds)
In 2015, I read 233 books; in 2016, I read 329. So it would be impossible to review everything I read, and the reviews here will never fully represent the books I’ve devoured. 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.
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.