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My name is not really Brin (it is my internet pseudonym). There is a funny story behind the origin of the name actually. I was a huge fan of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (a role-playing game from BioWare) and ‘Brin Guivera’ was my very first character’s name (via the in-game name generator). I thought it was cute so it has followed me around ever since. My real name is Ruth but I will answer to either. 🙂 I decided to name the blog Brin’s Book Blog because I liked the alliteration mainly (and it sounded better than Ruth’s Book Blog which was my other option – I’m not really very inventive when it comes to naming things).
I am in my early thirties and I am a ferocious reader. I was always encouraged to read by my parents who always had massive tomes lying around the house when I was growing up and I cut my teeth on a mixture of classics, fantasy, and Stephen King novels.
The first book I ever read by myself was The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen (I still have a fondness for the Well Loved Tales series). I learned to read by begging for my family (mainly my mum) to read to me that the exploits of the little red hen again and again until finally I knew every word off by heart and I could follow along with the book. I was also a huge lover of fairy tales and had very well-read copies of Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale collections on my bookshelf.
I have always loved books, going to the library was my favourite pastime when I was a child and even well into my teenage years. Getting my own library card was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life (well, at least until that point). My favourite books when I was really young were The Secret Garden and The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe but it was when I discovered Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings that I really found my passion for reading (I was nine). Watership Down was another great favourite.
One of my favourite television shows as a child was The Storyteller (created by Jim Henson) a series which retold various European folk tales. I also had a great love Jim Henson’s other projects including The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth so my viewing habits were well-informed by the time I reached my teens and I have always favoured fantasy as a genre.
I met the love of my life when I was eighteen (at my cousin’s wedding no less!) and we are still going strong. I am a reader and he is not but we have so much other stuff in common that it hardly matters. He is very supportive of my blogging and my excessive book-buying binges although he has started to complain about the lack of space due to my over-flowing bookshelves!
I made the decision to start this book blog on August 4 2013. I dove in headfirst but I really struggled to find my feet at first. I started, then stopped for a while when my mum got sick. I then decided that I really did want to make a go of this blog and I came back with a vengeance. Blogging has been enormously therapeutic for me over the last (almost) 3 years.
The decision to start a blog of my own was a bit of a nerve-wracking one (like who would really want to read my scattered opinions!) but I do enjoy reviewing books almost as much as I enjoy reading them so it was a bit of a no-brainer really. I read and rate books solely for my own enjoyment and do not receive any monetary remuneration for my opinions.
I would dearly love to be funny but alas I can never really pull it off without sounding vaguely sarcastic and/or silly. My reviews tend to be on the serious side but I do try to inject humour where I can (not always successfully but I am working on it).
I also do not always stick to blogging about books although that is my main focus. I sometimes blog about television, movies, even about my own personal struggles with my mental health. I blog mainly to share my love of great books, to have a place to share my thoughts, and sometimes just to get things off my chest that are bothering me. I love this community and I intend to be a part of it for many years to come!