Before I launch into the routine introduction of why I started my blog, let’s spice things up with some secrets.
Things you probably didn’t know about me:
1. hi i’m alicia! you probably knew that but what you don’t know is that alicia isn’t my name.
2. i’m conservative with what i post on the internet, and it took quite some deliberation before i decided that it’s extremely necessary to post my 2-year-old photo. Just so we can say hi on the streets and then go out for a drink! (juice only)
3. i absolutely adore capslock and i decided to kill myself by typing my about page in small letters.
4. I give up!! You grammar and spelling nazis were going to clobber me, weren’t you?
5. As much as it’s awkward for a english book blogger to admit, my english reading history is short and uneventful compared to voracious readers out there on the globe. I only started falling in love with english novels in… 2012? Before that I had zero clue, I didn’t even know who Harry Potter was! I’m a singaporean-born chinese with chinese parents who aren’t fluent in english, which means I grew up in a very chinese environment. In fact, my first “wordy” book was 西游记 (Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en)… and I haven’t finished it! I still love to read some chinese books once in a while from 金庸 (Jin Yong) or 橘子 or 明晓溪 or some other chinese online writers.
6. I guess #5 explains why I especially love reading english books from non-white authors, it’s like stumbling across a home you never knew you had. WEIRD ANALOGY.
7. Yep, my brain draws connections in a way no one but my brain understands so I may or may not throw weird analogies / metaphors / similes / descriptive devices in your direction sometimes. It’s fine I don’t understand them either.
8. Twilight got me reading YA, and The Hunger Games got this blog started.
*END OF GOSSIP SESSION*
about noverly things
I don’t mean to sound nebulous when I say this blog started out of my undying irrevocable love for the written word, but that’s part of the truth. Yes, I love books and I write about them. And write about them. And write about them. And write about them. (The other part of the truth is that I’m a major procrastinator and writing this blog is the best excuse to my conscience for not starting my humanities essay. I’m bettering the world here on this blog, I’m a book evangelist!).
I hope the above “about alicia” has been helpful with the getting-to-know each other part, I think that’s really important in any discussion. At least now you understand where some of my cultural systems and assumptions come from! I’d love to get to know you guys, so we can sit down, prep some tea, and get this conversation going, especially one about books and things that touch the deepest parts of our humanity. (I’m trying REALLY hard to procrastinate now)
The basline: Noverly Things is a young adult book blog. Here, we appreciate quality books. I hate it when people automatically dismiss YA as “childish”; Just because YA is books aimed at teenagers doesn’t mean it’s shallow. However, Noverly Things is no NYT or The Economist, we have critics AND fun because it’s not worth it if it’s no fun. CAPSLOCK and FLAILING much appreciated.
No reader reads the same book, so feel free to share your thoughts with the rest of the community! It is definitely not a place for ME to lecture YOU, it’s not a place for book-bashing or author-bashing. I may not only talk about YA books, and you may go ahead to disagree with what I say as long as we maintain a healthy love for reading and books and everything else.
Disclaimer: Book covers and images on this blog do not belong to me unless otherwise stated.