About

My name is Crystal, and I’m an obsessive bookworm.  For me, reading is like breathing–it is something that MUST be done to live.  If given the choice between books and food, I’d have to give it some serious thought.

When I think about my life, the books I was reading around that age immediately also flicker in my mind.

Elementary school and The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie and The Baby-sitters Club.  My 4th grade teacher reading us part of the Narnia series and The Hobbit, and then discovering the Alanna series that year.  Middle school and VC Andrews, along with my first reading of Gone With the Wind.  High school and Xanth, Clan of the Cave Bear, and The Cat Who mysteries.

My friend Katie and I taking an Arthurian literature survey course freshman year because it would be “so much fun” and then doing shots of whatever was handy to alleviate the pain after the midterm when the professor gave us less than a stanza and expected us to identify the work, the author and discuss its significance within the Arthurian canon.  Trying to figure out how many books I could pack in my one suitcase for my summer abroad and still fit clothes and cd’s.  Getting into a heated argument with my professor senior year over what Jane Eyre was about (who cares about the damn mirror, let me break this down for you through a race/class/gender historical perspective).

Debating exactly when Mercedes Lackey’s books began sucking on my first date with my husband, and buying the British editions of Harry Potter in London on my honeymoon.

On the blog you’ll find everything from book reviews to book/movie comparisons, reviews of children’s books (sometimes by my kids), snark of books I used to love, and more.

Want more?

  • My goodreads page (feel free to friend me–I’ve been reviewing books there for over a year)
  • My twitter (links this blog, my expat blog, and personal thoughts–I go through cycles of how active it is depending on what else is going on)
  • My blog about expatriate life in Singapore–Expat Bostonians
  • You can reach me by email at bequietmommysreading at gmail

I try to respond to every comment left on the blog, although it may take time.  I do moderate comments, so it may take a few hours for your comment to appear.  I reserve the right to delete comments.

These days I’m a stay at home mom of two, blogger, and erotica author.  When not writing or reading, I’m doing photography, learning to play the violin, and exploring Singapore.  I also love travel, history and cooking.  Before I was a stay at home mom I was a teacher and did tutoring and curriculum development on the side.  I’m very interested in doing work in the realms of women’s reproductive freedom, lgbt youth counseling and advocacy, and sex education as my children age.

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