Hi all! My name is Lori, and I’m a fifteen-year-old girl from Colorado. I’m currently a Sophomore in High School, and school is finally kicking my butt just like my blog is.
I have always loved reading even when I was little, and wanted to be a blogger. Thus, my blog, Lori’s Bookshelf Reads was born-pushing books by marginalized voices (POC, LGBTQ+ etc) front in center, while also boosting self-published books. It’s important to get these voices heard, because everyone needs to see themselves represented correctly.
I’ve been playing an instrument since 5th grade, and still going on for about five years. The flute was something I picked up on easily, unfortunately I really can’t wait say that to the piccolo which is sometimes my nemesis. Along with playing an instrument, it’s really safe to assume that I love music, because it’s something that I can’t live without
Favorite Music Artists: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne and Faith Marie.
In addition to music, traveling is one other thing I love. I’m such a restless spirit that all I want to do once I get of High School is travel the world. Life is just too short to stay in one place. I think it’s something that I got from my grandpa, because he always loved traveling, but unfortunately can’t because he’s still dealing with aftereffects of having cancer, and his wife.
Butterflies and Flowers are also one of my favorite things, because they have such a value to me. Butterflies represent free spirit, and flowers because they are so sweet smelling, and are nice. So I decided to make the main theme in my blog and I’m quite happy with the product. I also kinda decided to base it off to people who have died in my family, so in a way it’s a tribute.
I suffer from social anxiety. Unfortunately, I’m too scared to say something because I don’t want to treated as broken, or assumed that nothing is wrong with me. I also came from somewhere where my opinion wasn’t always valued, and everything I do will get judged. It’s hard for me to do things like a normal person does, but I do try.
I love ranting about anything especially when it comes to anything. Honestly don’t be afraid to talk about anything weird. There’s like a one in a million chance that I won’t have an opinion about the topic.
I’m graymantic demi-bisexual. I’ve only found that out this year, so it’s pretty new, but I’m really happy with the labels I chosen for myself. Graymantic because I’m usually never interested in someone romantically, but sometimes I will be interested. Demisexual because I almost never feel sexually attracted to a person and it only happened once. Bisexual because I know I’m sexually attracted to people (two or more genders).
My Favorite Authors:
Leigh Bardugo: Bardugo is such a talented author that contentiously writes amazing books in the Grisha Universe. Six of Crows series will always be my favorite, with the Smoke and Trilogy and than King of Scars are okay.
Laini Taylor: I have yet to find a book that she wrote that I didn’t like. Strange the Dreamer was the first book I fell in love with, and decided to see what else she wrote. She writes so majestically and I’m always in awe of what she writes. It’s so flowery while always keeping the point, and not letting her plot drag. Her books are certainly unique, and am always looking to see what else she writes in the future.
Marie Lu: Marie Lu is one of the authors I’ve discovered through blogging, and I always found her books to be unique. While I still haven’t read all of her books yet, hopefully this is the year I do, because she is such a good author.
J.K. Rowling: I’m always thinking that J.K. Rowling was the one who brought the love of reading in me. Harry Potter was possibly one of the books I’ve read the most throughout my childhood and was never seen reading a book that wasn’t Harry Potter. She is a problematic author, but the books are my fave.
Cassandra Clare: I read City of Bones a few years back out of curiosity and fell in love with the shadowhunter world. While I do think that the Mortal Instruments is a bit boring, and her writing style sucks, but in the later books, her writing really has changed and including representation that is normally not included in YA, makes her one of my favorite authors. She is always a must-buy author for me.
Sarah J. Maas: I like reading her books. She is a bit problematic with a few things , but her writing style is quite engaging. I’m always entertained with her books.
Rick Riordan: Rick Riordan is an author I’ve never imagined that I would read especially since mythology has never really interested me in any sorts. I own all of his books and slowly getting through them and finding really well-written. His writing style is really good, and he’s also a must-buy author from me. He is one of the trusted Middle Grade authors that I trust in tackling with diversity in a respectful way, while also boosting marginalized voices in his imprint, Rick Riordan Presents.
Akemi Dawn Bowman: I have finally read her books like Summer Bird Blue and Starfish, and I loved them. She is a talented writer, who probably seen my struggles like writing an asexual and aromantic protagonist in Summer Bird Blue, and writing someone who suffers from social anxiety in Starfish. She is such a talented author that I can’t wait to read more of.
S.K. Ali: She is literally an angel while writing books. Her book, Love From A to Z, is literally one of the unapologetic Muslim voices around and is very beloved. Saints and Misfits was good, but it wasn’t the best, but I could tell how much she grows as a writer, as more books are published by her.
Angie Thomas: Thomas could literally write a grocery list and I will read it. She is a really talented author and her books, The Hate U Give (which tackles on police brutality and racism) and On the Come Up (poverty and trying to make it as a black rapper) are very loved by me.
Marissa Meyer: I loved her Lunar Chronicles series and her ongoing Renegades Series. She is such a talented writer, and I could always devour what she writes, because there’s always something magical about it.
Rin Chupeco: I love their books so much, and honestly The Bone Witch series has been so underrated in the book community. They have an amazing online presence.
Hafsah Faizal: I loved her debut novel and I’m really looking forward in reading We Free the Stars. She’s just so kind, and honestly I love her designs that she makes.
Sandhya Menon: I love her books so much and will go scream about them for a while? She is one underrated author, but her books always feature Desi characters and a cute swoony romance.
I tend to pick up Young Adult mostly, but I do tend to pick up other books such as Middle Grade (like anything to do with mythology), Adult (mostly Fantasy or New Adult Romance that has an cartoony cover). I also tend to pick up graphic novels and non-fiction here and there.
My favorite genres from YA that I tend to pick up is Contemporary and Fantasy, though Sci-Fi tends to be the close third at times.
I’m not afraid to try new genres. Just ask, and I’ll check it out!
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
“Hearts aren’t meant to be broken an infinite amount of times.”
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Boeman
““Seize the wind,” I whispered. “Don’t become the kite that never flies.”
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves.”
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.”
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han