The Bluestocking Society
A Place for Readers
The Bluestocking Society has two purposes, equal in import:
(1) To interact with other readers, book lovers, authors, literati, etc.
(2) To keep a record of the books I read.
My name is Jessica, and I am a book addict. I read and read and read (as much as my career, family, and church will allow). I am a lawyer by trade but a reader by necessity. I have a B.A. in English Literature and a J.D. I live in Utah with my husband, daughter, and dog.
I think I was born a voracious reader. As a child, I was happier to receive books than dolls as gifts, and my parents eventually had to inform me that they could no longer finance my book obsession.
My favorite places include bookstores (particularly musty ones with stacks of used books) and libraries. I have ceased trying to cure myself of my book-buying habit.
I belong to two face-to-face book clubs that meet once a month.
I, obviously, love to read and tend toward literary fiction as my genre of choice. That being said, I’ll read almost anything that sounds good (or that has won an award).
Authors & Publishers – If you would like to send me a book to review, please email me with a synopsis of the book. I’m usually happy to participate in blog tours, post guest posts, conduct author interviews, and/or hold giveaways in conjunction with reading and reviewing the promoted book. Please note that I only respond to pitches that I choose to accept.
- My Preferred Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Books about Books
- Genres I Generally Will Not Accept: Memoirs, Romance/Erotica, Chick Lit, Self-Published
I have a Kindle and will consider accepting specific review copies in electronic form, particularly via NetGalley. I also regularly listen to audio books and would be happy to accept review copies in audio book form.
By accepting a review copy of a book, I do not guarantee that I’ll finish it or that I’ll review it. If I do finish the book, I’ll review it honestly on this site. If I do not finish a book for any reason, I’ll do my best to ensure that it finds its way into the hands of another interested reader, usually through a giveaway on this site. I may or may not read and review unsolicited books.
I do my best to read and review books in a timely manner. However, due to time constraints and other reading interests, it may take several months for a review to be posted. For reviews of books I’ve received from publishers and authors in the past, visit my posts in the category Review Copy.
Every book included in the Review Copy category was sent to me, for free, by the author or publisher. All other books reviewed on this site were received as gifts, loaned to me, or purchased by me.
I rate books based on a five-star scale.
[rating:5] = Genius
[rating:4] = Excellent
[rating:3] = Good
[rating:2] = Mediocre
[rating:1] = Terrible
This is a pretty personal scale that reflects my perception of the book immediately after finishing it, rather than a comparison to other books I’ve read.
Utah is home to an amazing book community, and Utah Books is designed to bring that community together. It was the brain child of Natasha of Maw Books Blog and is now run by me, Jessica of The Bluestocking Society, and Suey of It’s All About Books.
We host Utah Book Month, an annual event held each August to celebrate Utah authors and book bloggers, as well as at least one social each year. You can find out more about Utah Book Month and other Utah Books events on the Utah Books website and by following us on Twitter @UtahBooks. We use the hashtag #UtahBooks to talk about Utah events, books, authors, and book bloggers all year long.
Updated – November 30, 2013