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Welcome to my reading nook!

Hi! I’m Shawn, an over-educated, underperforming 30-something who loves to read. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom reading to me before bed, and I received a PhD in English literature from Duquesne University in 2019.

Like many millennials, I also seem to be perpetually poor. Always behind in life. Unable to “get ahead.” Seriously burnt out.

Thankfully, I’ll always have books, which are, in the words of a former coworker, “the cheapest vacation you could ever take.” That’s good, because I can’t afford an actual vacation. This blog features some of my adventures in reading through a mixture of reviews, reading lists, and glorified ramblings. Think of me as a literary travel guide.

“If the weak hand, that has recorded this tale, has, by its scenes, beguiled the mourner of one hour of sorrow, or, by its moral, taught him to sustain it — the effort, however humble, has not been vain, nor is the writer unrewarded.”

Anne Radcliffe, from The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)

My one rule when it comes to reading is “read widely.” You’ll never read it all, but you can, and should, cast a wide net. Read novels and plays, poems and pamphlets, high-brow literature and low-brow smut. Enjoy your guilty pleasures and your not-so-guilty delights. Pay attention to the New York Times bestseller list, but also browse the shelves at your local thrift store.

I hope I can help you find your next favorite read, or, at the very least, help you escape for an hour or two.

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