Hey there! I’m Anastasia and I’m super excited that you’ve stopped by.

3 Fun facts!

1. I live in sunny SoCal, California, so close to Disneyland that I can hear the fireworks go off each night–annoying, but you get used to it.

2. SoCal is one of my favorite places, but I’ve lived all over the country: Minnesota, Florida, Maryland, and New Mexico! At this point the only corner of the country I have left to conquer the northwest, which I guess means I need to move to Seattle next. Bring it on!

3. I got my driver’s license at the ripe old age of 31.

About this blog

I’ve been blogging at Here There Be Books for since 2008 (with a big gap during graduate school). I started blogging in my second year in college, when the internet was still relatively new and shiny and book blogging was the hot new thing. We’re all a little older now, but blogging is still fun and books are still great!

My very first post was a review of Mick Farren’s A Time of Feasting, a 1990s vampire horror novel. Nowadays I don’t read that many books about vampires OR a whole heap of horror, but I still enjoy a good speculative fiction novel.

My old posts run a huge range of genres from travel memoirs to contemporary children’s books, but nowadays I’m really into scifi-fantasy, mysteries, and historical fiction– especially with GLBTQ characters and/or diverse protagonists.

My goal with Here There Be Books is to find books I enjoy and to spread that enjoyment through reviews, book lists, and discussions. I don’t finish books I hate, so you’ll find a lot of positive reviews here. I don’t shy away from talking about the not-so-good books, either, though there’ll be less of those kinds of posts since I’ve finally gotten better at putting down so-so books and moving on to something else. I used to be a completionist, but I refuse to dedicate any more time to boring books.

Besides reviews, I also write about blogging tips, book-related technology, and discussions about the publishing world. I tend to stick pretty closely to subjects relating to books, basically!

And just an FYI: you will see a lot of exclamation marks here. I’m an excitable person and say yay a lot. Yay!


My very favorite author is Diana Wynne Jones, the queen of children’s sfnal! I’ve read most of her books by now, and you can find some of my reviews of them here. Other favorite authors include: K.J. Charles, Jordan L. Hawk, Terry Pratchett, Dorothy L. Sayers, Josephine Tey (a new favorite!), Lois McMaster Bujold and Georgette Heyer.

Favorite books is trickier, but I’ve written a few posts about them here and here. And here, too!

For the last three or so years, I’ve been reading a LOT of m/m romance. However, my very favorite genre (at the moment) is scifi/fantasy romance with GLBTQ characters. Many of my recent reviews reflect that!

Last updated: April 14, 2019