Hello, I go by the name Bookish Jen around these parts and welcome to my blog The Book Self where I post, you guessed it, book reviews.

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little girl and getting my first library card was probably a more monumental occasion than getting my driver’s license (and I’m a better reader than driver). I’m interested in all kinds of books-novels, short stories, essay collections, how-tos, memoirs, non-fiction and so on. You name the genre and I’ve probably read it.

I started The Book Self in October of 2013. Not only do I write book reviews I write various opinion pieces on the world of books, writing, media, pop culture, blogging, authors and writers, some of it complimentary, some of it not so complimentary. I provide links to all kinds of topics regarding books, writers and writing, media, book stories, libraries, the publishing trade and anything else that might better inform my faithful readers. In Retro Reviews I read or re-read books that have been out for at least 20 years, some classics and some guilty pleasure reads. In Reading to Reels I review books based on movies. And because the cliché “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” is quite true my Graphic and Novel series provides interesting visuals and memes regarding all things fun, inspiring, witty, thoughtful and bittersweet about the wonders of the written world.

The Book Self has gained praise from some very notable and talented writers, including author, Berkeley lecturer and Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, Robert Reich, Emmy-award winning documentarians of Hollywood’s golden age, David Heeley and Joan Kramer, journalist and news producer, Joe Muto, Nation columnist, Katha Pollitt, stand-up comedian and blogger, Samantha Irby, and Wisconsin-based writer and educational activist Jennifer Morales. Novelists like Melanie Thorne and Mike Adelberg have also extended their kudos. And I can’t forget writers living across the big pond like Rosie Blythe, Robert Kelsey and Deborah Ollivier.

At a steady pace The Book Self has gained a wonderful group of followers and I am grateful for all of the support. The world of writing and blogging can be a lonely one, and my followers never forget to make me feel valued.

You can also drop me a line at thebookself@yahoo.com. And don’t be afraid to suggest a book or even write a book review yourself. I’m always open to guest reviews. Thanks!!!!

Just a note: My reviews can also be found at GoodReads.com

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks, Jen, for the great review of my book, Meet Me Halfway! I wanted to let your readers know that I’ve just announced that book clubs and other groups that commit to reading Meet Me Halfway in 2016 can get a Virtual Author Visit (e.g., Skype, Google, FaceTime, etc.) from me, so I can answer club members’ questions and discuss themes raised by the book. I just need them to sign up by Jan. 31 at info [at] moraleswrites [dot] com.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Ms. Morales. I loved your book and I was thrilled to write a review. You’re incredibly talented and I hope you have more books in you. I will also inform my readers about your virtual author visits and provide a link to your website. Congratulations on being a published author!

  2. I found you on Twitter! Amazing, right? Very nice to meet you. Will follow along with your blog. I’m not a reviewer, I’m a writer, but I’m unpublished so I’m sort of small potatoes.

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