I Heart Reading was established in November 2010. Originally, it was only meant to host reviews, but it has quickly grown and nowadays also hosts author interviews, guest blog posts, giveaways and more. This website runs on WordPress, a free blogging platform.
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My name is Majanka, I’m twenty-six years old, and I live in Belgium. I have a Master of Law degree, and am studying for my Master of Criminology degree at the moment. As you may guess from this blog, reading is one of my greatest passions. I used to read mainly epic fantasy – Game of Thrones, anyone? – and anything having to do with vampires. The last couple of years, I broadened my horizon. Although epic fantasy and paranormal romance remain some of my favorite genres, I also love ghost stories, thrillers, mysteries and historical fiction. I read young adult and adult books, and the occassional middle grade novel. I also enjoy reading non-fiction books about WordPress, publishing/marketing books and true hauntings. So yes, I’m a very eclectic reader. Nothing wrong with that!
I’m also an author. I write speculative fiction for children and young adults. You can read more about my books and writing on my author website.
I organize book tours and other promotional events for authors through Enchanted Book Promotions. Release day parties, cover reveals, you name it, we can do it. I can also help authors or publishers with website design, book cover design and more. If you’re interested, just check it out. I’m always open to quotes or offers as well, so don’t hesitate to contact me.
In 2014, I started working for Booktrope as a book manager / marketing manager and project manager. A few months later, I also took on the roles of editor and proofreader. I’ve since edited more than thirty books, and have started working as a freelance editor on The OverAchiever. I’m also the lead executive editor for Fear Front Publishing. I design book covers and promotional graphics for authors on I Heart Designs.
And whatever spare time I have left, I spend blogging, studying (duh!) and playing World of Warcraft. I also enjoy watching numerous TV series (to name a few: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Bones, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Once Upon a Time) and of course, hanging out with my friends. Things I absolutely hate include cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.
The Bookish Stuff
Things I look for in a book: Original characters, not the cheerleader/gothic girl/whatever clichés, characters who aren’t overpowered (in fact, just give me a character with no powers whatsoever for a change!) and intriguing character dynamics. A plot I haven’t figured out in fifty seconds.Main characters who suffer from some kind of illness, be it mental or physical. And please give me some YA gothic horror. Think Jane Eyre, Frankenstein and everything written by Edgar Poe, but now for young adults.
Things I’m sick and tired of: God-like characters (unless they’re actual gods, bring on Hera, Artemis and the rest of them!), badly-done love triangles, abusive relationships (and yes, Twilight, I’m looking at you!) and missing parents syndrome.
My guilty pleasure: Well-done love triangles. Or love quartets. Oh, and why is it always a girl and two boys? I’d love to see two girls fighting over the same boy once! Also, ghosts, in all forms and shapes.
Favorite books: In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Aubrey, I love you. But you really suck in the sequel to this book. Why, Aubrey? Why?), the Game of Thrones Series (Arya Stark for the win, although I’m warming up towards Sansa) and Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradley. I probably have more, but those are the first that come to mind.
Books I dislike: The Vampire Diaries books. Is there any way to make a main character sound more shallow and superficial? Oh wait, there is! It’s called Twilight. Well-written, I’ll give you that, but Bella Swan is the equivalent of a cardboard figure.
I want to read more: Non-fiction true hauntings. Bring on the ghosts, people! Also, gothic horror.
Pet Peeves: Vampire novels with vampire characters who still act like teenagers. You’re a bazillion years old. Why not share with us your distaste for the medieval cuisine, or how you lost from Henry VIII in chess, inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with your heartbreaking love story, convinced Bram Stoker to write Dracula, scared the hell out of those Victorian-era occultists, dated an Egyptian high-priestess and wrote the Book of the Death in your spare time, were on board of the Titanic when it sunk and how you hated the nazis. You’ve lived a thousand years. You can’t possibly act like a brainless teenager anymore.