The Short Scoop Just In Case You Don’t Feel Like Reading The Whole Page
My name is Mandy Boles. I am a freelance writer, and I review books in my spare time. My work has been seen on websites like BlogHer and Blissfully Domestic as well as in print publications like RT Book Reviews magazine. I was a speaker at BEA Bloggers ’12 on Creating Community and Driving Engagement and a Community Leader for the parenting niche at Blissdom ’12. I was recently chosen as a BlogHer ’12 Voices of The Year Honoree for the Identity category for this post. I recently founded Mandy’s Blogger Book Club. You can follow me on Twitter, “Like” me on Facebook, follow me on Pinterest, and friend me on Goodreads.
Welcome to The Well-Read Wife. My name is Mandy. I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with my husband Nate and my two sons, British and Bruce. I LOVE to read! In my spare time I also enjoy knitting, watching television, and working feverishly to instill a love of reading in my sons. I also love net casting and crabbing on my pier (we live on the water).
I have loved to read as far back as I can remember. As a toddler, I loved it when my mom and dad would read books like The Runaway Bunny to me. The Summer before first grade I took part in a Summer reading program at the local library. As part of the program, I had to keep a record of how many books I read. That Summer I read over 300 books. Later on, in the fourth grade I would begin to read classics like The Good Earth. By high school, I was an out of control book snob carrying around copies of books like Less Than Zero and Generation X. Because, you know, they are so deep man… *cringe*
As I have gotten older, my reading preferences have changed. For instance, I read a lot more young adult novels now than I ever did as a junior high or high school student. I am also more open to authors of all genres. I love paranormal storylines of all types. I read numerous series in the paranormal, mystery, and romance genres. However, I still love to read the classics and new literary fiction as well.
My undergraduate degree is in English Education. After teaching middle school level grammar and writing for a few years, I quit teaching to become a stay at home mom. I love being a SAHM, but I look forward to devoting more of my time to writing about the literature that I love so much (and possibly some that I don’t love).
The Well-Read Wife
I started this site to share my thoughts on everything literature-related. Sometimes I write book reviews. Sometimes, I write about how books have affected my life. Sometimes, I write about gadgets that make reading easier (i.e. Kindle, Nook, etc.). Basically, if it has anything to do with books or reading, I’m going to write about it!
Why did I call my site The Well-Read Wife? Why not some other name? Very simply put, I am a wife and in my opinion, well-read. So when you come to this site, you know what you’re going to get: A married woman writing about what she likes to read. Be sure and check out the feature Wife Life. This is a series of personal posts about my life.
I Also Freelance
My work has appeared on Thought Catalog, BlogHer, and Blissfully Domestic. I am a monthly contributor to the Family Bliss: Parenting category on BlissfullyDomestic.com. I also occasionally contribute reviews to the print and online publication RT Book Reviews.
I am currently accepting ARCs releasing February 2013 and after for review. Please see my review policy page for more information before sending books. Feel free to contact me via email or snail mail. And, for the love of God, please follow me on Twitter!
mailing address: The Well-Read Wife, 45 Hardy Court #231, Gulfport, MS 39507
FYI AKA Shout Outs
My masthead design was done by Schmutzie at Ninjamatics.com. The picture used in my masthead was taken by Mishelle Lane Photography. Dawn Blanchfield of Slamdance Design did work on the layout including transferring the blog from Typepad to self-hosted WordPress. Megan Jordan of Velveteenmind.com is my blog consultant and web guru in general. The Twitter ID necklace I’m wearing in the masthead picture is by Survival Of The Hippest.