about

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i’m emma (she / her), and you have stumbled upon the place where i shriek about books i love and books i hate and cookies and movies and anya taylor-joy and all the other things that make life worth living. 

but mostly books.

also, this is just one of the many places on the internet where i shriek about things i enjoy – you can find the other examples below. 

here is the extent of information about me available on the internet: i’m 24, i read a lot, i work in social media, and i have a sweet tooth adults always assumed i’d outgrow, but their confidence fades with every passing year.

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watercolor flower designs throughout the site from Gold and Berry.

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS:

  • books: everything on this site is currently outdated, so outsource to goodreads for my 23 all time favorite reads
  • authors: sally rooney, lemony snicket, emily henry, shirley jackson, carmen maria machado, jane austen, sarah hogle, and lucia berlin.
  • media: i like to be pretentious and say i don’t watch much tv, but i do adore fleabag, and my favorite movies are ferris bueller’s day off, safety not guaranteed, about time, spotlight, the social network, amelie, and wes anderson everything
  • contrary to my online presence, i love and enjoy a lot of things i don’t talk about here, like podcasts and french and long articles and food, that i am pleased to have a conversation about whenever!

FIND ME ELSEWHERE:

Instagram

Goodreads

Twitter

emmareadstoomuch@gmail.com

wish list

64 thoughts on “about

  1. Urooba15 says:

    Hi Emma! Nice to see you have a post naming all the books you still havent read (Thats me, too) you ALSO love Alice in Wonderland (That’s my guilty pleasure) and I hate all cringey novels too!
    I’ve been thinking to open a review blog since a very long time but everytime i get discouraged to do it. Can you please help me out here??!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      thanks girl!! unfortunately those aren’t even close to all the books i haven’t read.

      & you should totally do it! it’s been so much fun for me having this blog. it’s also the most low-pressure way to write reviews: you can post whenever, for any book – and no problem if you read a book and don’t feel like reviewing it! plus the community on wordpress is so super supportive.

      let me know if you make one and i’ll give ya a follow!

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      • Urooba15 says:

        I actually did. Last night at 3 am. Yes, because i’m that spontaneous. But I haven’t like posted anything and also I need a bit of help with all those menus and columns bit and ugh im so confused

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      • emmareadstoomuch says:

        right now your blog is private but i’ll follow when it isn’t! honestly all ya gotta do is pick a pretty theme and then fiddle around with it until you figure out what some of the buttons do. and then avoid the other buttons out of fear for eternity

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  2. trashfaerie says:

    ay ay, when im bummed out or sad or whatever, i read your reviews and always end up laughing a little too loud, and im sure my cat thinks i’m losing my mind. hella grateful for your blog. ❤

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  3. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams says:

    Ahhh I love your blog already, and I’ve only read two pages & one blog post? Also, seeing you list Jane Austen as a favorite author makes me so happy! (I’ve never met anyone on GR who has a 2.xx average rating as well, wow. 💓)

    Can’t wait to see more of your posts on my feed!! xx

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  4. erin says:

    Hey its Erin! I just came across your blog and can’t seem to leave! Love all your posts, and just followed. I also always seem to end up with the unpopular opinion on books I read :(( so you aren’t alone!!

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  5. Bailey Sherwood says:

    Hi Emma! I discovered your blog after reading one of your reviews on Goodreads. I read your review on Radio Silence and found it hilariously honest and refreshing since I also didn’t enjoy the book and for a while couldn’t put my finger on it even though it’s surrounded by praise.

    I also love podcasts and I’m curious about your favorites. I like to listen to Juno Steel on the penumbra podcast, The Magnus Archives, and The Bright Sessions.

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      hello bailey!!! thank you very much!

      i listen to mostly (okay, entirely) comedy podcasts, largely of the improvised variety. not sure if that’s your bag but if it is i’d love to chat about them!!

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      • basher19 says:

        I don’t really listen to comedy podcast in my free time but my roommate in college would like to play out loud “My Brother, My Brother and Me”, and now we quote the McElroys all the time.

        I’m interested in comedy podcast though. Have any you would recommend?

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      • emmareadstoomuch says:

        i like improv comedy so i listen to Comedy Bang! Bang! a lot, and Big Grande’s Teacher’s Lounge, How Did This Get Made?, The Neighborhood Listen, Pot Psychology, and a few others!!

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  6. Krisha says:

    Hi Emma !
    I just found your blog and am loving it ! I read some of your old posts and you write really well and also it is great that all the books are sorted by rating , genre , author and alphabetically it really helps …..I love that you put so much effort into your posts and your blog is really pretty
    Can’t wait to know you better and see more of your posts in my reader

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  7. Frank Van Gheluwe says:

    Hi Emma,
    I’m from Belgium, and i follow your different blogs for a wile. Nice to see that young people are still interested in literature. I myself work in a library..

    My favorite author is Herman Hesse. My favorite book of his is THE STEPPENWOOLF en THE GLASS BEAD GAME ( not sure of the english title).
    Other novels : OBSESSION by A.S. BYATT, THE DISCOVERY OF HEAVEN by HARRY MULISCH, THE SATANIC VERSES by SALMAN RUSHDIE, novels by JOHN FOWLES, IRIS MURDOCH,, STORIES by ARTHUR MACHEN and THE MISTS OF AVALON. The latter being a female retelling about King Arthur, a book that 40 years ago changed my reading life when i got for y 19th birthday.
    POETS : RILKE, YEATS, BRODSKY, AUDEN, ELIOT, PESSOA.

    Authors i Find overpraised : MARQUEZ and MURAKAMI. YOKO OGAWA’s novels I find way better tha Murakami. The bulk of her work is translated in french in two thick volumes, worth checking out.

    Greetings from to you all, and Emma, keep them coming, your posts! What can we do in these sad times of Corona, but reading good literature!

    Frank

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      frank, thank you for this comment, which has sparked joy in these terrible sad times of corona!!! i love that you included some unpopular opinions here too, and you’ve recommitted me to reading more herman hesse. i hope you are as well as can be expected!!!

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  8. Frank Van Gheluwe says:

    Hi Emma. So far, i’ve been spared bij corona-infection.
    I’ve just started one of your recommendations : Cicus Nights bij Angela Carter. I really like it. Wil read more of hers.
    On my to read list i’ve “Gloriana” by Michael Moorcock, ” The mermaid and the courtisan” by Imogen Hermes Gowan and “The hearing Trumpet” by Leonara Carrington. I also want to read as much as possible from Guy Gavriel Kay, whom you must know being a canadian.
    Have you read any of these?

    Have a nice weekend,
    Frank

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  9. Frank Van Gheluwe says:

    Hi Emma,

    Sorry, i translated the Flemish title of Gowar’s novel into English : English title is “the mermaid and mrs. Hancock.” In Flanders the critics compare her writing style as that of a modern Jane Austen. It plays in the 18 th century London blending reality with some fantasy .

    Frank

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Emma,

    I’ m sorry , but ik made another mistake Byatt’s novel in English is POSESSION
    I’m currently reading her novel THE CHILDREN’S BOOK.,
    What book of Hesse will you read?

    I can also recommend two Icelandic novelists : Halldor Laxness and Jon Kalman Stefansson..
    The books of Stefansson play often in very snowy desolate places.

    Frank

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  11. anak23 says:

    Hello Emma! How are you?
    Btw I follow you on Goodreads too. I want to tell you that you’re one of the only reviewers, whom I follow, who is just as harsh as me. I hate giving one star ratings to books, yet that’s what I do. My average rating is 2.37. How outrageous! For a while I was thinking about maybe being more generous towards my ratings but then I saw your reviews. I’m here to tell you that you inspire me to be stingy with my ratings. ( This is a firm compliment. )
    I hope this finds you in good health.
    Regards
    Ana

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  12. salonimore1702 says:

    Hello Emma! How has life been treating you today? I’ve been following your blog and Goodreads reviews for a few months(?) now and absolutely LOVE your writing style! (Also, love how honest you are with your reviews!) Do you have any advice on how to nail that quirky tone of voice?

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      thank you so much!!! this is so nice of you to say. honestly i just try to write how i talk (but maybe a little funnier). casual has been key for me, and not trying too hard!!

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