About this [blank] garden
This is my blank space. A white page, as good as a garden covered in snow, not yet cultivated, but with some strong Spring hidden within; something simple, clean, yet to be stained; a seed with some flower all curled up inside, first waiting, then slowly unraveling.
This is my reading journal, my garden, my commonplace book. It started here.
About my scarlet letters
My reading life is a conversation made in silence with writers I most probably will never meet. I see the books I read (and the reviews I write about them) as an intimate letter exchange. You are invited to open these letters I send to the void. Cor ad cor loquitur.
My bliss is scarlet and all my books are read. Of all things, I prefer the used ones. I am not interested in people who have no doubts in life. I am a common reader who lives in Germany with a husband and a messy bookcase. I am also a left-wing liberal, Buddhist wannabe, and bad feminist, with a strong tendency towards the (Groucho-)Marxism. I write poems. I translate other people’s poems. And I read books.
About my review policy
I prefer to read at my own whim, so I do not actively seek books for review. I am a passionate reader, not a professional reviewer. I try to read as widely as I can, not only out of curiosity, but mostly out of fear that I might be missing something really good. My reviews are mostly efforts of affection: I attempt to put books in perspective, find their particular resonance in me, or alert people to writers (particularly women) they may have overlooked. Writing about books is my personal way of learning how to read them.
If you are a publisher, literary agent or author, please read my review policy, before contacting me. After reading my guidelines, if you feel that I might enjoy your book, please send me a press release. I’ll take a look and let you know if I’m interested.
Please bear in mind that I do not review self-published work. And I subscribe to “The Reader’s Bill of Rights”:
“The Reader’s Bill of Rights
1. The right to not read
2. The right to skip pages
3. The right to not finish
4. The right to reread
5. The right to read anything
6. The right to escapism
7. The right to read anywhere
8. The right to browse
9. The right to read out loud
10. The right to not defend your tastes”
— Daniel Pennac, Better Than Life