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A short history of Jalyn Reads
I started this blog because (1) I read a lot of books, and (2) I had Thoughts about them. Jalyn Reads was officially a somewhere I could tell people which books were good and which weren’t, but I really just wanted a place to put all my book thoughts.
2014 was an eventful year. I initiated the “Book Grading System,” which gave books an “appropriateness rating” based on swearing, character morality, violence, and other stuff. (Random fact: The report card design was based off one of my mother’s old elementary school report cards. I don’t even know why she still had that.)
I also went to college that fall and made some changes. Mainly beginning to review nonfiction (which I’d always read, just not reviewed) and focusing on quality over quantity.
Someone thought it would be a good idea to work 4 jobs and take 19 credit hours of classes. (Not my brightest moment.) Book reviewing – and book reading – got put on hold.
I finally graduated college and discovered I actually had time to read again. So I decided it was a good time to revive Jalyn Reads. Of course, there were changes. I changed during my two-year unintentional hiatus, so naturally my reading tastes did, too. You can read the entire changes post here, but the highlight is that I updated the kinds of books I’ll be reading from here on out:
- More nonfiction, especially self-help/personal development stuff
- Everything is queer and feminist – I’m prioritizing books with queer characters and feminist messages
I also started listing books’ trigger warnings and being more picky about things like sexual assault, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of bigotry.
I’m 21 years old, biromantic, asexual, and agender (I use they/them pronouns). I’ve loved reading since I discovered The Boxcar Children at age 6 and by the time I was 16, I’d read my way through two libraries and was working on a third. At my peak, I read almost 200 books in one year.
College threw me for a loop, with both a ridiculous class/work schedule that gave me no time to read and a massive bout of depression that gave me no desire to read. But now that I’m graduated, I’ve started to recover interest in old passions – like reading.
I live in Indiana with my fiance, several friends, and our dog in a big house we fondly refer to as the “hippie commune.” When I’m not at work or cooking for the totally ridiculous amount of people who live here, you can probably find me reading (obviously), organizing something, or working on novel number eight. Other interests include budgeting, rebelling against capitalism, and flirting with cute girls.
One of the items on my bucket list is “Review 1,000 books,” and that’s my current goal. I’m currently at a little over 400, so I’ve got a ways to go. But I hope you’ll stick around for the journey!