Lifebythebooks is a place to think. I began this blog at the beginning of a college break when I realized that I wouldn’t have to write papers on the books I’d be reading. Beginning this blog might have signaled my transition from “Ugh, I have to write another college paper” to pure joy at the different angles I could take in my literary argument. What is more important is that beginning lifebythebooks allowed me to open doors that I didn’t feel were open before. I have always loved reading, but for the first time in my life I wanted to keep thinking about what I was reading, and not let the words simply pass me by.


I love reading. I will read anything and everything I can get my hands on. It’s an addiction, I swear.

But I’ve found that I learn more about the books I read when I am forced to think critically. And, so, because I am no longer in college and I am no longer forced to write long papers about what I read, I do so for fun. (I know, it’s weird, but oh well.)

I write full-time for the Spencer Daily Reporter in Spencer, Iowa. In addition to my general beats (education, park, and library), I write about cultural, artistic, and community-focused events around town. I also write a weekly column, a weekly book review and a weekly music review.

But, even though I write full-time, I still love blogging. It’s how I started, and I’ll never leave it.

I love hearing from my readers! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment on a specific review, or drop me a note on the contact page.


One response to “About”

  1. Mario says :

    I just started my blog last week for very similar reasons. After working as a political consultant for many years, I returned to college in order to finish my degree. I wanted to reflect about this new world I entered while giving myself an opportunity to write in a creative fashion (which my strategic writing classes don’t allow me to do). I’m on my second blog post and I’m already hooked!

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