Saturday, May 2, 2015

Welcome Our New Contributor Lauren!!

Hi everyone! Jamie here! I'm excited to introduce a new contributor to TB&TB! Her name is Lauren and I've known her from Goodreads since 2008/2009 timeframe when I created and moderated the Goodreads College Students group. She blogged solo for a little bit and then decided she wanted to come back but didn't know at what capacity so I reached out to her to see if she'd want to join us here and I'm SO excited she said yes. I remember bonding with her A LOT over historical fiction back in the day and I can't wait to see what she's reading again these days as she shares with us.

I hope you will give her a warm welcome with me because we here are SO SO excited for her to be with us! Now I'll let Lauren introduce herself!!

Hi everyone! I'm a proud new contributor to The Broke and the Bookish blog. I'm Lauren, a twenty-something that has been around the book blogging/bookish world since my college days.

I am fascinated with historical fiction and learning about other cultures. Anything pertaining to women and their struggles throughout the ages has always inspired me. Reading is not a way for me to get away from the world, but a way to see it through another person's eyes.

I've had my face in books pretty consistently since I learned how to read. My freshman year in college is when my passion really kicked in high gear. It started with buying a couple of books at a used bookstore in town, then I discovered PaperBackSwap online, then I hit Books-A-Million pretty hard. Since 2006, I went from owning about 10 books stacked on my dresser in my bedroom to owning over 600 today (not including around 200 ebooks). I have 4 overflowing bookcases and I literally have books stacked around the house. I feel I will never even touch the surface of all the life, love, happiness, tears, and precious moments that line the pages of all the books the world has to offer.

Everyone has pictures of their beautiful, immaculately organized bookshelves. I just can't bring myself to organize everything. Series books scattered around, books piled in the spare bedroom, allowing the boyfriend a shelf or two (which is harder than you can imagine)... but I'm too eclectic in my genres to even try to piece together that puzzle. And there's my weeny dog, Emmitt, who's always on the lookout for a good glamour shot.

My other passion/obsession is tattoos. I don't see many tattooed readers out there, but I am seeing plenty of amazing quotes from distinguished authors being tattooed becoming more prevalent in society. I am not a biker chick, I've never been to jail, but once I did get a speeding ticket. Many people still judge others by their tattoos. If I am being judged, my guess is I look like a hardcore librarian. All of my tattoos are extremely personal and almost all of them are book related. 

These are just a few of my tattoos. The quote on the skull is from Victor Hugo's Les Mis√©rables that reads, "It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live." Another quote on my inner arm is from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale that reads, "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum," which is mock-Latin for "Don't let the bastards grind you down." Lastly, there is a quote on my back from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five reading, "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt." These are just a few, and hopefully I'll have many more to come!

I do know that I will always live to read and read to live. Without memoirs of amazing people, fictional characters who make me laugh, literary pieces to expand my world... I don't know what this life has left to offer. I hope you enjoy my posts and I hope to get know more passionate book lovers out there like me! You can find me lurking here on blog and at the social media sites below. Feel free to stalk me! It's going to be a hell of a ride!


  1. I love historical fiction, and I can't wait to read your reviews! I love your tattoos!

  2. Your tattoos are amazing! As a fellow tattooed book blogger, I love that you are a part of this now! I always come to Broke and Bookish for amazing recommendations and I can't wait to see what you have to say about some new historical fiction books for me to try! :)

  3. I can't wait to read your reviews! I love your bookshelves... mine are meticulously organized, but yours are a lot more picturesque. :) Excited to see your perspective on things!

  4. Welcome Lauren! This is a great blog! I'm excited you are in on it too! I only have one tattoo... but that qualifies me as a tattooed reader... You are not alone!

  5. HI DARLIN'! Historical fiction (whee, join us for our #HistoricalFix chat in July!!) tattoos, and speeding tickets - I think we're going to get a long just fine. :)

  6. Hi from Finnish bookworm and welcome :) Awesome tattoos, especially that bookpile (on left)! I´ve been dreaming of third tattoo, some bookish picture would be just right for me because reading is so big part of me.


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