Welcome to Fab Book Reviews!
My name is Michelle and I’m a children’s librarian in Canada. I live with my husband (hey Mr. Fab!)- also an avid reader, our lovely daughter, and an ornery but lovable old guinea pig (not so much an avid reader, but he likes to chew paper products, so there’s that).
What do I love to read? A lot of different things! Picture books, children’s lit, young adult, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, Canadian lit, mysteries, comic strips, graphic novels, and more! (You can read more about what I generally read and review here!).
For three years I reviewed books- mostly teen titles- for my site Fabbity Fab Book Reviews (which is now defunct, gone the way of the dodo, etc). After a few years of reading reviews and wishing I could get it together to start my own review site, I…got it together and started my own site! I was so proud of that project. Not only did I get to share my favourite reads, feature bookish news, and highlight Canadian authors, but I was also introduced to some amazing and talented reviewers, bloggers, writers, and authors. I had some real starstruck moments, where I totally nerded out after getting contacted by a fabulous author who read my review, or thanked my for featuring their title. I mean, honestly- how amazing is that?!
But the last six months or so on FFBR was, honestly, a struggle. I found it harder and harder to feel inspired or motivated to review books. Or really, post anything at all. LIFE was happening, lots of changes going on, and reading and reviewing fell by the wayside. When Blogger/Google crapped out on me suddenly (it’s a tedious story), I was torn. A bit of relief because the site had been dwindling…but also a bit of panic. What about all the work I had put in? The friends I had made? What was I going to do? Continue reviewing and blogging or…pack it in?
Well, I decided not to pack in it! I started Fab Book Reviews in May of 2014, and have been plugging away since then: expanding the genres I review, creating Must Read Monday and picture book lists, and bringing my genuine and open love of literature and art to this site.
I hope you stick around.