Hi! My name is Jen (Mischenko) and I created this blog to write about the books that I read, favorite music, health matters, cooking, films, and other things that interest me.
The word “rant” in my blog name is used to describe anything I feel strongly or passionate about. I’m not a person who enjoys bashing books, and I try not to be over-opinionated; however, it does come out in my reviews from time to time if something is upsetting or incredibly displeasing.
I’ve loved reading since childhood. Reading has always been an escape for me. As a teenager I especially enjoyed reading fantasy. A few of my favorite authors were Anne Rice, J.R.R Tolkien, and L. Frank Baum. Now that I’m older, memoirs and other non-fiction have become favorite genres. Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, Neil Gaiman, and Stephenie Meyer are a few favorites today. I’m an eclectic reader and there’s no limitation to what I’ll read. Children’s literature is equally important, as I read quite often with my own kids, and we enjoy reviewing our books.
Book sales in grade school couldn’t be passed up. It was always so exciting when it was time for book fairs— especially at Christmas. I’m an addict when it comes to book sales and simply can’t pass one up.
In my spare time when I’m not reading I enjoy playing guitar and piano, writing poetry and songs, quilting, exercising, and watching movies and TV series. I appreciate healthy foods, nature, gardening, homesteading, education, and animals.
I enjoy reading and reviewing on Goodreads, Edelweiss, and Netgalley as well.
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How I rate books:
*1-Star: This book was likely a chore to read, and I won’t recommend it. I rarely ever rate a book 1 star.
**2-Stars: I didn’t enjoy the book, but I finished it because it was readable.
***3-Stars: It was just okay; It may have been enjoyable, but I probably won’t read it again. I might still recommend it to others.
****4-Stars: The book is an enjoyable read that kept my interest. There might have been a few minor things I didn’t like, but overall it was great.
*****5-Stars: I loved it, and I’ll probably buy it for my collection. Highly recommend.
Some of my books…
One book collection:
A few favorite quotes: