An avid reader for as long as she can remember, Beth used to “read” her children’s books to herself before she even knew how. Today she devours one book after another, stopping occasionally to savor a sentence or two along the way.
When she isn’t reading, Beth likes to get crafty, spend too much time on Pinterest, moderate a Christian fiction group on Goodreads.com, and hone her cooking skills. She likes journaling, poetry, antiques and owns more pairs of shoes and earrings that one woman needs. She has a degree in English and hopes to go on to graduate school in order to become a librarian. She can think of nothing more wonderful than being surrounded by books all day, where reading is just part of the job. Her love of shoes is surpassed only by her love of books, which she is known to bring along everywhere “just in case,” and finds nothing wrong with reading during commercial breaks.
Beth enjoys romantic historical fiction most, but also loves fantasy, young adult and literary fiction. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, who good-naturedly accepts her fiction addiction.
SOTP: Why did you start reviewing, and what is the first book you remember reviewing?
Beth: I started reviewing on Amazon.com, then later on Goodreads.com simply as an outlet to talk about books. I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, and it just seemed like a natural progression to start reviewing books. My first book ever reviewed was Love’s Pursuit by Siri Mitchell, which has remained one of my long-time favorite reads.
SOTP: Have your reading tastes changed since you started reviewing?
Beth: Since I began reviewing, I’ve started to read more contemporary fiction. I stayed away from it for so long because I thought it would be mushy or not as fun as my beloved historical fiction, but within the last few years, I’ve read some contemporary authors that have really clicked for me that have made me a fan of the genre whereas before I would hardly entertain the thought of reading contemporary.
SOTP: What book has surprised you the most in your time reviewing? (Perhaps something you wouldn’t normally have picked up, outside of your comfort genre, etc.)
Beth: Not to sound repetitive, but probably a book in the contemporary genre! I think it really started with Siri Mitchell’s Chateau of Echoes and Kissing Adrien as well as Jenny B. Jones’s Save the Date, then later, she totally blew me away with There You’ll Find Me.
SOTP: What’s the first book you remember reading? (It still counts if someone else read it to you if you were too young to read!)
Beth: I had (still have!) a large collection of Golden Books that my mom read to me a lot. I remember reading The Napping House by Audrey Wood and having read to me often as well. I checked it out on nearly every library trip, and even when my mom bought a copy, I still checked out the audio book over and over.
SOTP: If you’re stuck at home on a sick day, what comfort book can you count on to always cheer you up?
Beth: Oh, easily Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I read it every year anyway, but when I’m feeling down or feeling sick, it’s my ultimate comfort read. Even if I don’t re-read it entirely, I read my favorite parts, and it always cheers me up.
SOTP: If you could only read one book for the rest of your life (I know, the horror!), which book do you think you could read a hundred times without getting bored of it?
Beth: Oh wow! That’s really hard, but I will go with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It seems like I always see something new when I read it, and it’s the book (other than Ella up there) that I’ve read the most. I think its themes are universal and always timely.