I’m Rebecca. 30. Married. Ex-Bookseller for a major High Street Chain.

I started loving books when I was very young; always in the library with my Mom or reading Goosebumps with the covers over my head. After a bumpy ride at school and college, I chose to do an English Literature degree at the University of Northampton, where I began to understand my true love for the Gothic in all its literary forms.

Whilst at Uni I started my life as a bookseller at weekends until I finally graduated with a 2:1. I made the decision to move back home to Birmingham and continued working as a bookseller. I had many roles over the years but my favourite was running one of the largest Children’s sections in the UK, and being a deputy in the Children’s tent at the Cheltenham Literary festival for 2 years. Along with a beloved colleague we had our shop events program listed in The Guardian, and for a short but highly successful time ran a group called YA Birmingham, with events with authors like Laini Taylor, Rainbow Rowell and Cassandra Clare.

My decision to leave was bittersweet. I never wanted to leave the trade but circumstances meant that it wasn’t a pleasant place to work anymore and it was ruining my love for books. Now I have the time and space to find my own way through the book community. Over the years I’ve written previous post on my old blog, The Night Life, but I’ve decided to start afresh, with a more analytical bent to my writing.