Julian Barnes wrote “…writing is a matter of examining the world, reflecting upon it, deducing what you want to say, putting that meaning or message into words whose transparency allows the reader, now gazing through the same window-pane from the same position, to see the world exactly as you have seen it.”

I’ll take that one step further. Here are my thoughts on books that I read. They’re not reviews; rather, they’re ruminations on themes that have struck me about a particular work. Read along as I take Barnes’ ideals for writers and transfer them to a reader’s perspective.

I started this blog as an American living in Dublin, home to a rich literary history. In addition to working as an editor for The Curator, I contribute to publications including the Dublin Review of Books and Books Ireland, as well as book lists for Children’s Books Ireland and IBBY Ireland. I also have the pleasure of having worked with the Dublin Book Festival. I’m now back in the US — outside of Boston — and am the Communications Director for Bridges Together.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Welcome to blogland! Love your debut posts and the look and feel of the blog. I look forward to hearing from you regularly and hope you keep up the weekly rhythm. You write beautifully by the way.


    • Thanks, Clare! We’ll see how the weekly rhythm goes. I think something the length of The Goldfinch will be a once-in-a-blue-moon read (at least for these purposes)!


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  3. Your template’s gorgeous, and your idea of ruminating rather than reviewing is intriguing. I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say. Just as a note, I’m on a mostly-weekly schedule myself, though it may be six days or ten, depending. People told me I had to post far more often to develop a readership, but I thought that was silly. My hunch was that quality would beat quantity every time, and it’s worked out rather well. I think it will for you, too.


    • Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words. I’m not sure I could post every day if I tried (nor could I possibly read that fast!), so it’s great to hear about your experience. Looking forward to reading more of your work.


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