The Literary Hoarders are friends who date all the way back to elementary school. Elizabeth and Penny's friendship continues since that short time ago, as we discovered our limitless passion for reading was shared. The love of reading culminated into The Literary Hoarders back in 2011, and we've been busily reading and reviewing ever since! Each of us can lay claim to enormous, teetering piles of books “to be read” in the many nooks and crannies of our homes. We continue to feed this disorder through daily discussion of books, what should be added to those piles, and what could be tossed aside. We almost never turn down a recommendation. The Literary Hoarders began as a way of offering a real reader’s perspective on books. It's our way of sharing our recommendations, insights and thoughts on all things literary. We share our reading lists, our opinions on film adaptations, and anything else in the literary world. We encourage you to explore this website, write back with your comments, and connect with us socially through our Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts. Thank you for visiting!
Contemporary and literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery and short stories are my go to reads. Nothing makes me happier than a grand family/generational saga. Same goes for “southern fiction” and more than anything, Canlit. By expanding my reading I have included more in the non-fiction and/or memoir categories. On occasion I have enjoyed a solid and smart "chick-lit" or "women's literature" read. I'm not a fan of romance, or to more aptly put this - no erotica or raunch! YA is not something I generally read, however one or two of the contemporary YA titles have crossed my path. I have tried to expand my reading as much as possible, but remain adamant that science fiction, dystopian and fantasy books are so not my thing, and I most definitely stay away from vampires & zombies. If I'm reading on an e-reader it's Kobo (Kobo Glo to be precise). And audiobooks are a must have and have one or two on the go at all times. I cannot live one single moment without an audiobook. I was a moderator for the CBC Books Goodreads Group. On there quite often, chatting about Canadian books and authors. Beginning in 2020, I will be a jurist for the Shadow Giller, a shadow jury for the Giller Prize.
I have a baseball cap that says “Fight Evil. Read Books.” I also have a mug that says “Libraries Save Democracies.” It’s pretty safe to say that I wholeheartedly believe that reading is the key to so many good things. Fiction, historical fiction and mysteries are my top choices in books, but I have also recently discovered the power of memoirs, so I should add that genre to my ever-growing list. No thanks to Romance though – I left that category behind years ago. Will I read horror or Sci-Fi? It depends. While I typically avoid zombie or vampire tales, I do enjoy thrillers with a supernatural twist. I guess what this list illustrates is that my reading preferences are broad. If a book makes me think and includes a cast of multi-layered characters, then count me in. I read to decompress, to learn, and to be swept away. As a reviewer, I always try to give a novel the benefit of the doubt, so if you see me pen a 1-star review, then that speaks volumes because I’d rather rave than criticize. I love to delve into meanings and morals of the story, and have recently tried my hand at book editing, which I greatly enjoyed. My preferred formats are physical books, but I also use audiobooks (any format), or Kindle. I still have my B&N Nook too, but that would require a bit of a dusting to fire it up.