Yours Truly


Hi, I’m Jennifer.

I’m a little reading nobody in Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

I live with my husband, who reads from a pile of books I pass along to him, and my teenage daughter, who reads mostly YA and graphic novels, but is currently obsessed with all things Hamilton.

I am a social scientist by training, with a degree in political science. Most of my career was spent in research and writing, but there was an interlude involving operations, writing briefs, and giving presentations.

I’ve been reading for fun since my days as a bookish four-eyed first grader. It’s what I do.


I average about a book a week, 4-6 books a month, 50+ books a year.

My preferred genres are:

  • Biography/Memoir
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy (particularly dystopias, but I also enjoy a good fairy tale retold)
  • Literary Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Philosophy
  • Social Science
  • Travel
  • Entertainment

I do not read:

  • Horror
  • True Crime
  • Military
  • Romance
  • Children’s Books (younger than YA)

I also do not review audiobooks.

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Ratings and Reviews

My reviews are written in four parts:

  • Star ratings
  • Context
  • Summary
  • Thoughts

Star Ratings

I review on a scale of 1-5 stars:

  • 5 stars: A new favorite and highly recommended. This book moved me emotionally and philosophically, and the ideas and characters stayed with me after the book was done.
  • 4 stars: A great read, highly enjoyable, entertaining, or thought-provoking.
  • 3 stars: An average read, with nothing remarkable to differentiate it from similar books in the subject.
  • 2 stars: Lacking in some way, be it quality of writing, character development, or incomplete thoughts.
  • 1 star: Did Not Finish (DNF) and/or I found no redeeming qualities in this book.


The first part of my review provides context as to my interest in the book.  I might share personal preferences to the author or genre, or any other commentary that relates to why I read this book.


The second part of the review is a short, concise summary as to the the topic of the book.

This is typically an answer I’ve already verbally given to my teenager when she asks, “What’s your book about?”


The third part of the review covers my thoughts and impressions upon completion of the book.

Updated: February 2017