About The Blog

Pop! Goes The Reader was officially launched on June 16th, 2013. Primarily a young adult book review blog, Pop! Goes The Reader was created as an outlet for my thoughts on all the wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) books I was reading on a daily basis. After stumbling upon The Story Siren one day in 2012, I was shocked to find an entire group of book blogs devoted entirely to the young adult genre. Having coincidentally begun to read novels aimed at this age group again in an attempt to re-connect to the audience I one day hoped to write for myself, I began rely on these blogs in order to receive recommendations and learn about novels I might not otherwise have been exposed to. It wasn’t long before I began entertaining thoughts of beginning my own book blog, although it took a lot of support and encouragement before I worked up the courage to do so. And I’m so thankful I did! I don’t know that I’ve ever encountered such a warm, welcoming community of like-minded people, and I finally feel as though I’ve found somewhere I truly belong.

About The Blogger

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

– C.S. Lewis

Hi there! My name’s Jen and I’m a twenty-nine-year-old university graduate with an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in English and History. I’m currently working as an administrative clerk in a law firm, but would ideally like to be employed in publishing, whether it be in the field of editing, online marketing, etc. There are few things I’m more passionate about than the importance of children’s and young adult literature, and I would love to translate that interest and enthusiasm into a career. In addition to being a voracious reader, I’m also an aspiring author. I’m currently working on two novels, both of which are aimed at a young adult audience. I try to write whenever possible, unfortunately, between my full-time job and Pop! Goes The Reader, I find I don’t have time for this as often as I would like.

I’ve adored books and reading for as long as I can remember. It’s all my parent’s fault, really! When I was a child my dad would spend hours reading to me from The Happy Hollisters, employing a different voice for each character and inserting new ones into the story to see if I was paying attention. From that point on, I was hooked and I devoured anything and everything I could get my hands on. From Anne of Green Gables to Little Women, The Chronicles of Narnia to His Dark Materials, there was nothing I wouldn’t read as a child.

And while I’ve never stopped reading for a moment, my tastes have certainly changed over the years. There was even a period in time when I gave up fiction entirely and read nothing but non-fiction historical and biographical studies for close to two years! It wasn’t until I began to pursue writing as a more serious endeavor in 2012 that I re-discovered the young adult genre in an attempt to familiarize myself with the genre of books aimed at the age group my own writing was geared toward. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found! In the interim years young adult novels had grown into a creative, limitless genre that put others to shame. Young adult authors are able to take more risks and are more adventurous, often unencumbered by the expectations and pretentious ‘literary’ limitations of the adult fiction genre.

When I’m not reading, I can ordinarily be found watching an obscene amount of television. Yes, I’m one of those people who is convinced that The Wire was the best television show ever made and I’ll be more than happy to spend a few hours talking your ear off on the subject. During an average television season I can typically be found watching upwards of twenty-two shows a week (Hey! The first step in having an addiction is admitting you have a problem, right?) and my tastes range anywhere from Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Homeland to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars and Top Chef. I also have a ardent love of both Christmas and Disney, and will talk about either of these subjects as much, and as often, as I can. I typically take a bi-annual trip to the motherland (a.k.a. Walt Disney World) and am perpetually in the process of planning my next trip.