About the Blog:

Gimme! Books is a blog operated by an English major with an insatiable appetite for books. Hard to believe right? This is the place where you can stalk what I’m reading and figure out if you want to read it too. This is also a place where I hope to inspire anyone who visits to make the most of their reading time, share tips and suggestions, and engage in interesting conversations about books.

About the Blogger:

I am a copy editor/copywriter by trade and there isn’t much that I enjoy more than connecting people with a good book. Obviously, I’m a bookworm, but I’m also a poet, a runner, and wannabe world-traveler with a ridiculous fear of flying and spiders. I have attained my education through the University of California, Berkeley and hands on experience editing and interning for magazines and book companies over the last four years. I currently serve as the poetry editor for Decades Review literary magazine.

(If you’re interested in having your book reviewed, please read the review policy before querying. If you’re interested in my services as a freelance copy editor or copywriter, please email gimmebookreviews(at)gmail(dot)com for more information with “Copy Editing” in the subject line of the email.)

Some of my all time favorite books are:

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
  • Night, by Elie Weisel
  • Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
  • Improvised Devices, by Brandon Courtney

I love novels that have a great voice and a compelling plot that keep you turning pages. I love literary and commercial fiction, speculative and dystopian fiction, and anything with a great hook. I also adore short story collections of most any kind.

In nonfiction, I love humorous essays, pop-science, psychology, history, and narrative nonfiction that introduces me to a world I know absolutely nothing about. I like books that are fun and accessible to a wide audience–something you read and immediately want to share with your friends and family.

As far as poetry goes, I’m a big fan of free verse and prose poetry but that doesn’t mean my tastes are limited. If a poem can reel me in and make my heart skip a beat, the book or chapbook has my attention.

I try not to limit myself to the aforementioned as I’m willing to read just about anything with engaging writing. These are merely preferences I have as most any avid reader does.

To keep up with what I’m reading look under: My Bookshelf.

–Paige E.


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