Hi there! I’m Charmaine

I’m a reader, aspiring author, lover of chai and matcha, compulsive Criminal Minds re-watcher, and a content creator.

I have a degree in journalism and a minor in creative writing, along with 12 credits of AV classes that elude me entirely when I sit down to film a video.

I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember. My mom read to me constantly when I was little and always encouraged me to pick up books as entertainment. She bought me my first Nancy Drew and Famous Five books, sending me down a path of becoming a lifelong mystery and true crime lover.

Reading gave me new places to explore, new friends, and new lessons learned. It was one of the few constants I had while moving a lot as a child. Kids in the neighborhoods would change, but I always had my books. Often times, I call books the first love of my life.

That love for books progressed into trying to write my own. There were many fun childhood attempts that never truly went anywhere. The few that were written out were mostly fanfictions of the books I read and shows I watched.

It wasn’t until 2014 that I took writing more seriously and participated in my first NaNoWriMo and wrote a full novel draft. Since then, I’ve participated and won six more times. Most of these drafts are works in progress, but they occupy a space now and that is a big step taken.

In 2015, I decided to take my love of books into the online space, starting the first iteration of my blog. Back in the days when Blogspot was popular, I wrote over 100 posts and used NetGalley avidly get free books. Most of my posts back then were reviews, mixed in with a few bookish posts.

In 2017, I made the switch to WordPress and continued writing my reviews. Eventually, I decided to expand my topics to include writing-related posts. The things I wrote about continue changing over time to be pretty much whatever I wanted.

In 2021, this blog was created. Intended to be the final iteration, it was also meant to house the YouTube videos I occasionally posted. Until the day I become a published author, this also serves as the place for me to talk about my writing projects and where I’m at with them.

For six years, I dabbled in being part of the BookTube community. It never truly stuck, but I tried and I had fun when I wasn’t worried about Premier Pro overheating my laptop. While I don’t post there anymore, there are plenty of old videos for you to watch if you feel like it.

After graduating from college in May 2020, I started my Bookstagram account, where I’ve posted consistently almost every single day. It is there that I truly found a community of online friends whom I talk to about our shared love of books. Taking posts challenges me to be creative in a different way and pushes me to find new ways to showcase the books I read and love.

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