My name is Jessica and I live in Utah. I love to read YA fantasy fiction and classic literature. I also like to write and what better to write about than my life? Because looking back makes me realize how funny my life was. Painful at the time, but hilariously funny now. I’m also a stay-a-home mom with two young boys. My house is not as clean as it could be, but I don’t really care. Books are an escape for a reason.
I like book reviews to be short and sweet. I never read long book reviews because by the time you get to the end, you might as well have read the book. Anything that happens after Chapter 1, I consider a spoiler. So most long book reviews spoil the book for me. If you like in-depth, rambling book reviews my reviews are not for you. I will also post some sort of rating for the content of the book kind of like movie ratings. I think movie ratings are trademarked so I’ve made my own.
- Everyone (similar to G)
- Mild (similar to PG)
- Medium (similar to PG 13)
- High (Rated R or worse)
The other goal of my blog was to put some of my writing here. Most of my writing will be about my life. That’s why I picked the title “Books: A True Story.” It highlights my book reviews and my writing all in one title. Plus, it leaves me room to write about other random things that I feel like.
I have tried blogging before and I didn’t like it. I’m also not a fan of personal blogs mostly because I’m a private person but also because I like to be honest in my journal and I’d like to keep my honesty to myself, at least concerning my current life events. My sister, Andrea, loves blogging and she tried to convince me to write one. I told her the only things that interest me are books…and I’ve been wanting to write these stories from my past. That’s it! I’ll write a book blog! I’m loving it so far.
First of all, I’d like to thank my sister, Andrea, for the awesome name. I’ve always wanted to write down my memories as I remembered them. Looking back on my life makes me realize how funny it was. Painful at the time, but hilariously funny now. As an adult looking back, I realize now that some of the things I remember are not factual. So when I call these “true stories,” I mean it in the sense that they are true to the way I saw, felt and experienced them at the time and children don’t always get the facts straight. I think imposing my adult paradigm on my childhood takes the truth out of them. So what I tell you is true…from a certain point of view. And a wise man once said, “You’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”
Some of you may notice that a lot of my Flashback Friday posts have a lot to do with digestive distress. The reason for this is I was recently diagnosed with IBS and I felt this light bulb go off in my head – oh, that’s why all those things happened to me! Suddenly, all of these memories that I thought were random started connecting with an undiagnosed problem that I had my whole life. These memories kept bouncing around in my head and wouldn’t give me any rest until I wrote them down. I actually wrote the Civil War in 3rd Period English piece months before I ever started this blog. Many of these stories I kept secret because I was ashamed of them, but I realize that they are part of who I am and finding the humor in my trials and then telling them publicly is so liberating to me. It frees me from the shame that I’ve felt for a long time.
All of the books reviewed on this site have been purchased by me or borrowed from a public library with no form of monetary compensation unless otherwise noted. In other words, no one paid me for my reviews. I am an Amazon Affiliate, however, and I will receive a small percentage of sales from my Amazon links which are usually the pictures of the books I have reviewed.
Feel free to ask me about book suggestions or requests for books you want me to review.