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Formerly a YA book blog, Reading, Writing, and Me has grown up with me. From 8th grade through my whole college experience, my teenage years are documented within these reviews and blog posts. Now, RWM is focused on literary and general fiction with a sprinkle of nonfiction, romance, and other genres. Full of reviews, lists of recommendations, and thoughts on being a book blogger, RWM hopes to be one of your go-to spots in the literary world with seven years worth of posts to dive into. Additionally, I want to use this space to talk about my journey with both reading and writing. Connecting you with your new favorite books and the writers behind them is always the guiding goal. Interviewing authors is one of my favorite parts of book blogging! You can also keep up with us on @readingwritingandme on Instagram.
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The HistoryWelcome to Reading, Writing, and Me, my name is Lanie, and I've been running this blog for nearly 7 years now. I started it as a 14 year old who had just picked up her first YA book and was absolutely in awe of the stakes, emotional depth, and story of these two teens who were just a few years older than I was. It opened a whole new world of books for me, and I wanted to share every thought I had about each wonderful new book I picked up as I explored this section of the library. Because I didn't have a book club or a group of friends who loved reading, I turned to blogging to find other readers that loved these stories in the same way that I did. I set out with a mission to chronicle my own reading journey but also to review YA books as a teenager the same age as the protagonists who I was reading about. Teen voices are so underrepresented when it comes to reviewing and discussing YA. I hope one day that starts to change. I had an amazing time talking about the YA I loved, interviewing authors who were gracious enough to give me their time, and showing love to books that absolutely defined my life and who I am today.
Now, writing a review of every book I read is second nature. It would be strange not to share all the thoughts that swirled around my head while reading. This blog has defined by teen years and is now a diary of my entire journey with YA. But I'm also truly a young adult now, and my reading tastes have started to change.
Reading, Writing, and Me has evolved just as I have. I absolutely adore YA and the community I found there, but "YA recommendations for teens by a teen" is no longer accurate. I want to leave the 4.5 years of history here, written on the about page and all over this blog to honor an era of the blog that means the absolute world to me. I am who I am today because of the experiences this YA book blog brought to me even though that is no longer my reading or writing focus.
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