Hi, I’m Shannon, I was born in Tasmania and grew up on a sheep farm here. I’ve lived around the world since university, in Sendai (Japan) for 3 years, Melbourne for a year and then Toronto for over 7 years. In October 2013 I finally returned home to Tassie to put down roots with my family.
My home library has moved around as much as I have, though it’s so big now that it’s been quite a while since I could fit them all on shelves and see every title. I’m looking forward to being able to do that again!
A qualified English and History teacher for grades 7-12, I’ve worked in administration and ran my own home daycare in Toronto in order to spend more time with my baby boy, Hugh (born 14 July 2011).
You can read more about my love of books and reading, here.
My home library consists of well over 3500 books and there’s never enough room for them! I’m something of a compulsive book-buyer and hoarder and hate having to return books to public libraries or friends.
I have an eclectic taste in books. You can expect to find almost all genres on this blog, with the exception of generic mystery/thriller/detective novels and certain kinds of non-fiction. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been a big Fantasy reader, devouring 1000-page bricks in a weekend. University enabled me to really fall in love with my home country and the books set here, and helped open my eyes to other genres and the wider world of literature. Blogging continues that trend.
ABOUT “GIRAFFE DAYS”
I started blogging on LiveJournal when I first moved to Canada in 2006, and posted my book reviews there. When it became clear that I had outgrown LiveJournal, I eventually moved to this wordpress blog. Since 2006, I have written over a thousand reviews.
Why is my blog called “Giraffe Days”? There’s no interesting answer for you! It’s simply that I’m terrible at thinking up names for things and usually just make something up in a rush. “Giraffe Days” just popped into my head and I liked the sound of these two words together. Then when the by-line also popped into my head, it seemed to make sense: “When you feel like sticking your neck out and reading something new.” By “new”, I was thinking, “different”. As in, outside your comfort zone. Since this isn’t a blog of just literature or just genre fiction, it seemed apt. Also, it reflects my own changing interests as I branch out and pick up more obscure titles.
I started reviewing mostly because I was always forgetting what happened in a book. Writing reviews helped solidify things in my head. I maintain a policy of honesty in my reviews: whether I love, like or hate a book, I use the review as a means to understand why. All reviews are my own opinion regardless of where or how I obtained the book. I try to start each review with a spoiler-free premise, likewise my personal thoughts are generally spoiler-free; otherwise, spoilers will be marked.
I love discussing books, especially when people have a different reaction to a book, so I really appreciate comments.
I am open to receiving review copies of new titles from publishers and authors, as long as I am interested in the book/s. I prefer to read and review print books rather than e-books; I don’t enjoy the interaction with my electronic reader, it just doesn’t feel right and I hate the font on Kindle. It honestly does affect how I read and how much I enjoy a story, so I try to avoid e-books. When I do review an ARC, whether print or e-book, you are going to get my honest review.
If you want to email me about reviewing a book, please keep in mind the kind of books I tend to read and my interest areas. I do like to try books that are outside my comfort zone, but they still need to interest me! 😀
I can be contacted by email: email@example.com
The Giraffe Days header was designed by me, using photos of my own books and an image of a giraffe that was floating around the internet (original source not found), that I put together using Photoshop.