INFP | Bookworm | Trekkie | Fangirl | Gamer | Comma-Abuser
Brin isn’t my real name; I use it as my general internet pseudonym. There is a (kinda) funny story behind the origin of the name: 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 Ruth or Brin). I decided to name my 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’m hitting middle-age (it comes to us all unfortunately) though I still feel young at heart despite what my body screams at me – I always got on at other people for getting tired and falling asleep while reading, watching TV and the like when I was younger – now I’m one of those people!! It sucks but what can you do? – just call me Miss Naps-A-Lot!! 😆
I was (and I still am) 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 and I cut my teeth on a mixture of classics, fantasy, and Stephen King novels (what a combo!)
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 mainly 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 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 – I preferred reading to socialising and was mostly an introverted soul (this hasn’t changed as I’ve gotten older!) 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, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, and Watership Down but it was when I discovered Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings that I really discovered my passion for reading (I was nine).
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 also 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, probably largely due to these fantastical projects being ingrained into my brain…
Oh, and I’m also a huge Disney fan! The Jungle Book was my absolute favourite.
I’m also a gamer – I spend a lot of time playing games especially RPGs and story-based games. BioWare is probably my favourite developer but I also really love the smaller game studio Spiders. I am a huge fan of their Mars games – Mars: War Logs and The Technomancer – the latter being one of my favourite games ever. I also really loved their latest game GreedFall so they are definitely a studio to watch. My other favourite games are Knights of the Old Republic (both games), the Mass Effect series, the Dragon Age series, the Dishonored games, and The Fallout series. I am also a huge fan of the Animal Crossing games and recently got sucked into New Horizons for the Switch.
I also have a love for documentaries (especially true crime) and spend a lot of time on unresolved/unsolved mysteries forums. It’s amazing to see so many crimes being solved due to advances in DNA testing.
As for more personal stuff; I met the love of my life when I was eighteen (at a wedding no less!) and we are still going strong twenty-odd years later. 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, especially after losing my mum.
I’m not going to lie – 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 have veered away in more recent years from my blog being a review space and it could probably be described more as a book appreciation zone rather than a place strictly for reviewing (though I still do review books, just not as frequently as before).
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!