About Jana

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Welcome to That Artsy Reader Girl! Thanks for popping in. I hope you’ll stay a while. I’m Jana, 29, librarian, singer, graphic designer, art history lover, world traveler, and the girl next door.

My love of reading started at a very young age, but then dwindled a little from middle school until I graduated high school. I think what intensified it the most, though, was the opportunity I had to teach struggling ESL children how to read. I had not fully understood the power of reading until I saw tears shed over the inability to do so. The glimmer of hope in their eyes, and the small milestones we reached together are what I think of every time I close a book.

This isn’t just a book review blog. This is a place to hang out, make new friends, and discover new and exciting books together. I will read pretty much anything, but I love YA of all shapes and sizes. I particularly love contemporary romance, dystopia, thriller, and a little paranormal. My favorite authors are Mary Higgins-Clark, Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss is my favorite book ever), Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, and Anna Banks. They have earned my trust, and I’ll read anything they write. However, I love to meet new authors and explore all genres if a good book gives me a reason to do so! I know how hard it is to be a successful author, and absolutely love helping to promote authors and their books. If you’d like me to review your book and/or host a giveaway, please send me an e-mail!

I’ve been a frequent contributor at The Broke and The Bookish for about seven years now, so if I seem familiar to you, that’s why! I haven’t left TB&TB (love those girls!), I just thought it would be fun to create a blog where I could post more reviews more frequently!

When I’m not curled up reading somewhere with a blanket, hoodie, gloves, and my beloved Kindle, I’m either designing something, working through my grad school projects and assignments, out with friends, or doing random things at home with my family.

I get around the Internet! Check out where I’ve been featured!
I was interviewed at Woven Myst.
I was featured as a “Blog to Talk About” at Little Red Reads.

I talked about my favorite book at My Life… for Karin’s blogoversary.
I was interviewed at Katie’s Book Blog.
Stacey Netzel introduced me to her readers for her Meet the Blogger meme.
Interviewed by Leela at My World in English.
I was featured on Brittany’s Book and a Beverage.
I talked about books I’m excited to read at The Bookish Owl.
I was interviewed by Hazel Lee Vaughn.
Niki spotlighted me on The Paper Sea.

2 Responses to “About Jana”

  1. Charity Webber

    Such adorable stuff! I was wondering where you found the white table top for the encyclopedia stepped table. I love it and am making a table out of some old encyclopedia’s I have and would love a top like that.

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