Hi there, I’m Libby.
Ever since I was a little girl books have been a massive part of my life. I love having them, reading them and, now I’m all grown up, working with and reviewing them.
I like to think that I’m a little bit of Elizabeth Bennett, Jo March, Anne Shirley, Katniss Everdeen and Dick King Smith’s Sophie…
It’s wishful thinking.
Though I studied English at university, I didn’t particularly read for fun during those three years – I would occasionally buy a bottle of red, some dark chocolate and curl up with a book but that was a rare and thinly veiled attempt at sophistication!
Now not only do I work in publishing and study children’s literature in my spare time but I fill as much of my spare time with reading and Through the Wardrobe was started to give all that reading some meaning (and to tenuously justify my book-buying!)
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Through the Wardrobe
The title of this blog is partly inspired by one of my favourite children’s books ever – the supremely brilliant The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – and partly a nod to my strange childhood compulsion of sitting in my wardrobe and reading books by torchlight!
The books I read and review are mainly YA or adult but I don’t confine myself to a particular style or genre – I tend to read books that grab me from a brief glance of the blurb and see where they take me.
I love the power of a first line – be it good, bad or completely obscure – so I will include the first line at the beginning of every review just to give you a flavour of that first hook.
My beautiful logo was hand-drawn by the talented and wonderful Miss Caitriona (ReadsBooksReviews) – I couldn’t have imagined a lovelier design, thank you so much gorgeous girl! The background design is taken from a template on ColourLovers, designed by SSSFCLRC.