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My name is not really Brin (it’s actually my internet pseudonym) but I am the blogger behind this here blog! 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; an RPG from BioWare. The name 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. It definitely 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 guess. 😉
My Reading Journey
Right now, I am in my early thirties and I am still a ferocious reader. I was always encouraged to read by my parents. They always had massive tomes lying around the house when I was growing up. 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 (which I talk about in more detail here). I still have a fondness for the Well Loved Tales series. I learned to read by begging my mum to read 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.
As a youngster, I also was a huge lover of fairy tales. I had very well-read copies of Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale collections on my bookshelf.
Truth is, 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 The Lord of the Rings that I really found my passion for reading (I was nine). Watership Down was another great favourite.
Other Interests and Personal Details
One of my favourite television shows as a child was The Storyteller (created by Jim Henson) a series which retold various European folk tales. As a child, I had a great love Jim Henson’s other projects. I loved The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. My viewing habits were well-informed by the time I reached my teens and I have always favoured fantasy as a genre.
Oh, and I’m also a huge Disney fan! The Jungle Book was my favourite!
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!
Brin’s Book Blog
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. Being a newbie blogger is not easy. The bigger blogs might make it seem effortless but it is a lot of work running a blog – a fact this blogger only realized after they made the plunge!
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.
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).
On this blog, I also do not always stick to talking about books although that is my main focus. Sometimes I 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!