About Me

Hello! I am reader44ever and my name is Jen. I live in Tucson, Arizona, and am from Seattle, Washington. I created this blog to share thoughts on the books I read and statistics for my reading life.

I live with my mother and my service dog, Max. Max is also my puppy-son, my love, and my life. He has been with me since he was just five-and-a-half weeks old. . .
Max at 5.5 weeks

Max is now four and, though not yet fully mature (*sigh*), he is an excellent service dog. . .mostly. 😉

Max is my service dog because I am 100% disabled by mental health issues (major depression and three severe anxiety disorders). I also have a few physical disabilities (I walk with a cane and have a couple of “hand issues”). Max does a variety of things for me that help keep me “sane.” (Thankfully he had been with me for over a year when we lost my father in September 2014. 😦 )

This picture of Max and me is from after Christmas 2013; he was not then my “official” service dog (he now has a vest):
Jenni and Max after Christmas 2013

Next to Max, reading and books are my most favorite things. I read mostly Urban Fantasy books. I also enjoy Paranormal Romance and Science Fiction and, from time to time, romantic suspense, historical romances, mysteries, “regular” contemporary romances, romantic comedies, and futuristic romances. And if those latter genres are paranormal in some way, all the better!

My most favorite author is Jayne Ann Krentz. (I’ve met her! She’s incredibly nice!) I love her books no matter under which name she writes, be it contemporary romantic suspense as Jayne Ann Krentz, historical romantic suspense as Amanda Quick, or set-in-the-future romantic suspense as Jayne Castle. For variety in my romantic suspense life, I also love to read books by Nora Roberts (and her alter ego, J.D. Robb, under which she writes set-in-the-future police-procedural romantic suspense).

I used to only read mysteries and romantic suspense, but I stopped reading mysteries after two series that I owned and was enjoying at the time both introduced adultery into their storylines. I am single and have never been married – I haven’t ever really even had a serious relationship – but I cannot stand cheating in books. And if I didn’t read one series, only to abandon it after “that” book, and then immediately read the next series, only to again abandon it after “that” book, then I read them within the same year.

I do not read much romantic suspense apart from books by Jayne Ann Krentz and Nora Roberts because I burned out on them 10 or so years ago after reading Cry No More by Linda Howard. That book was so devastating, and so depressing (my review), that I completely stopped checking out all romantic suspense books, except for those by J.A.K. and N.R., until earlier this year, 2017, when Jayne Ann Krentz introduced me to Christina Dodd’s Virtue Falls series. (I read book three, Because I’m Watching and so loved it that I immediately bought books one and two and will buy the rest of the series when they’re out in mass market paperback, too. [I read BIW in March, during a time when I was not writing reviews; I recently bought it in MMP format and will review that edition after I reread the book.])

My abandonment of mysteries and romantic suspense (new by Linda Howard and all by everyone else) both happened around the same time, in the year 2004 or thereabouts. At that time, I discovered the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton and so fell in love with the world – the characters, the settings, the situations, and the everything (!!!) – that I bought as many of the books as were then out, read them all, and have been buying and reading the new ones and rereading the older ones pretty much ever since. (Not continuously, of course, but I do know that I’ve read book one, Guilty Pleasures, over 30 times [my review].) 🙂

After Anita Blake, a whole new world of reading welcomed me and I’ve been reading Urban Fantasy books ever since. 😉 (I used to wonder if it was “just a phase,” but since the “phase” shows no signs of slowing and it’s been at least 13 years. . . 🙂 )

Perhaps oddly, my top five most favorite books to reread don’t include any Urban Fantasy books. What are they,  you ask? I’ll tell you . . .

  • Absolutely, Positively by Jayne Ann Krentz (slightly paranormal romantic suspense);
  • A Little Fate and A Little Magic by Nora Roberts (fantasy-romance stories); and
  • Getting Rid of Bradley and Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie (romantic comedies)

But the list of five books I’d want with me if I were to be stranded on a deserted island does include an Urban Fantasy:

  • Absolutely, Positively by Jayne Ann Krentz (slightly paranormal romantic suspense);
  • A Little Fate by Nora Roberts (fantasy-romance stories);
  • Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie (romantic comedy);
  • Ravished by Amanda Quick (historical romantic suspense); and
  • Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy)

I’d share reviews of these “10” favorite books, but I don’t have reviews for all of them. All but one of them were first read before I joined Goodreads, and I just haven’t yet reviewed some of them, though I have read them all – multiple times! – since joining Goodreads. (I joined Goodreads in September of 2012.)

(Perhaps needless to say, but if I ever do get around to reviewing the aforementioned books – which I hope to do sometime within the next year – I’ll update this “About Me” page. 😉 )

This is probably more than you wanted to know about me, so I’ll stop writing now. 😉

(But if you have any questions or want to know more, feel free to ask! 🙂 )

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