About me

I read a lot! To relax, to escape, and to understand the world a bit better. I’ll try pretty much any genre, but I still haven’t met an audiobook I could get into.


When not developing hardcover-related wrist cramps, I’m an executive editor at Quartz, a business news site and (my favorite) guide to the global economy, as well as the host of the Quartz Obsession podcast.

76 thoughts on “About me”

  1. zomg you’re my hero! i have a zillion books ive collected from over the years that i keep telling myself and anyone else who’ll listen that I’m really going to read someday. And in addition to that, i have your purchasing ailment with DVDs, so my movie-honey-do list is too long to count.

    All that aside, I love that you’re writing this blog which I will now read all the time. And I love that you write so well and cheekily that i’ll have a blast reading it to boot!


  2. Stumbled upon you while looking at themes and got caught in your GABST fun. I am slowly trying to rid myself of floor piles, and I have gone from 17 full-size bookshelves down to only… let me count…6? 7? I am in recovery. I am trying to teach myself to use the library, but there is something special about owning books…

  3. Ha found you by accident, I love your blog. Ratings papercuts 1-4 1=bad 4=great? it’s late been up all night reading, My year of Meats Ruth Ozeki, and you!!!!!

  4. Similar problems here – too many books unread clogging my flat. 52 books a year would still make me read a book a week for three year, to get through.There is no predicting how many NEW ones I’d gather in three years!

  5. This blog is so much fun! Hope you’ll never run out of books. (Haha, I’m an addict just like you. I know what it’s like to have your books everywhere around your apartment… we’ll never read them all and still never have enough…)

  6. This idea is awesome, I will take the same challenge and read books that would normally not read. I like paranormal, romance and fantasy and I’m always looking for certain authors like Charlaine Harris.In the past, my husband would go to auctions and get many books of all genres and many of them still sit in their respectful homes aka under the bed, book shelves and stacked in the corner of the room. We are moving so downsizing is critical, but it is very hard for me to get rid of books so this is why your idea intrigue me! I’ll read first, pass onto the local library as a donation.

    I will be looking forward to following your site among the others, thanks so much.

  7. I counted and I have at least 100 books sitting by my bed on the floor with no place to go that I haven’t read yet! I stopped watching tv but now i’m stuck on the internet! I guess I better get to work : )

  8. You’re my new idol. Thanks to the fact that I’m an English major, I gave up reading; outside my course anyway. Also, my fanfiction addiction leaves little time for anything else, but I think I’ll pick up one of the hundreds of unread books I own.

  9. Hello! I found your blog from the Super Sweet Blogging Award you were nominated for by β€œThe Day Dreaming, Candy Eating, Red Headed Bookworm”!
    I too was a former Fear Street (and Goosebumps) fanatic! I also have trouble finding places for all of my books. I recently bought a second bookshelf and was troubled (and by that I mean quite proud) to discover it still wasn’t enough to house my collection. All in all, not a bad problem to have if I say so myself πŸ™‚
    I look forward to reading more of your reviews!

  10. Really pleased to have found such a fresh blog, and hope to be inspired to read more outside of English degree and book reviews blog! Happy reading πŸ™‚

  11. Sorry Television… wow.. how did you think up the name??

    I loved your blog style and writing! so fresh and different! ‘m learning!

  12. Wow fantastic blog… but 100 books in a year. I thought I was doing good at 25?

    PS love the customization of the blog template?

  13. I love your blog and I’m so happy to have found you! I had the same problem as you– an ever expanding bookshelf of books I had not found the time to read. This summer, I was able to get through 33 and I find that my morning commute on the train really helps me find time to read! Happy Reading! -Katie

  14. “Sorry Television” the title of your blog is catchy . Found you accidentally & i am glad i did . I am yet another victim of television & ever expanding book shelf . Very recently few months ago i have started picking on my books & finished reading some 17 books — but your idea of finishing a books a week seems to be a much better . I suppose i have to implement this idea at once .

  15. Hi,
    Just wanted to say that I really like your blog. I found it quite accidentally, but I’m really happy that I did. The name of the blog is just perfect. πŸ˜€ Plus I really like what you’ve done with the blog template. Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

  16. Dude, your site design/concept is RAD. And you have a pretty catchy writing style. Keep up the good work! Budding writers/bloggers look up to peeps like you πŸ™‚

  17. Hey. Just wanna let you know that I happened to be here and read your stuff while hearing “Everything is awesome” song in my mind. Cool graphics plus Good content. AWESOME.

  18. I really like the idea of this blog, I’m currently trying to get through the classics on my Kindle and enjoying them, especially books like Dracula, and Victorian romance stories, which are my guilty pleasure haha! Just a shame that books are being shunned in favour of films, cause there’s nothing like reading a book with some chocolate or a cup of tea! πŸ™‚

  19. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BLOG! I’ve just started a book blog myself and would love it if anybody checked it out, as I could really use the help!! thanks a million ❀ xxxx

  20. I have so many books that they’re double and triple shelved in front of each other, stacked on the floor and are a prime target for the cats to knock down. I’m getting through them, though. However, there are too many for a lifetime! Now what?? Cool blog!

  21. Hi Kira, while I technically don’t watch TV, I am a slave to certain TV shows which I watch on line. I know the feeling all too well of falling behind with certain books due to a certain case of ‘square eyes’. I’m happy I found your blog. Looks like a lot of fun! Chrissy πŸ™‚

  22. Hi just new here don’t know much bout blogging, but er I try to read 3 books a week and when I get paid, I buy more. Hi My name is Keith and I am a bookalcholic.

  23. I love your blog! So many great reviews, plus the design is gorgeous. Thanks for the reading inspiration!

  24. Kira, what a wonderful blog! WordPress recommended you, and I am so grateful to the WP gods that be! We are kindred spirits that if I’m not binge watching TV, I’m taking that energy out on a book a day–or in the case of Outlander, at least a week. I look forward to your upcoming reviews and reading suggestions!

  25. I feel your pain. I own thousands of books housed in many groaning bookshelves and never leave the house without a book in my purse. The one perk to having Crohn’s disease is that I have a lot of free time to myself, so I average about a book a day as well as having lots of fun watching TV shows and movies. I write reviews of the latter for the precise reason of helping people with limited time for television and movies choose things to watch that they’ll love and will be a worthwhile use of time. Not having my health isn’t great, but I’d voluntarily trade it for all the hours of enjoyment I get from books.

  26. Thank goodness I stumbled across this blog – such a great idea and new way to blog about books. I’m exactly the same, although my unfinished books were ones I had to read for University, which I might never get around to reading!


  27. I have a similar problem, only it’s video games instead of TV. I have a huge stack of books, and a long list of holds at the library that I get out, and never read, because the cursed pixels turn me with their siren song. It’s only recently that I’ve been putting the controller aside and delving back into those glorious pages.

  28. Hello, I just wanted to start off by saying your blogs are incredibly entertaining and I love the style in which you write! I’m starting my own book blog and I was wondering if there is any starter advice you would give?

  29. Excellent Book Reviews Kira. I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and love your honesty. I’d be happy to send you a complimentary (digital or paperback) version of my own debut novel – Pathfinders. (http://www.amazon.com/Pathfinders-Aidan-J-Reid/dp/1523245727/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455650632&sr=8-1&keywords=aidan+j+reid)

    Absolutely no obligation on your part to offer a review. I can’t find an easy way to contact you. If there is an interest, you can reply or go to my blog and confirm your interest with an contact point. Thanks.

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