Hi, I’m Amara!
Join me on my journey…
I’m a lifelong Maryland resident with a fondness for animals and nature, public parks and hiking, reading and writing, horror and fantasy fiction, and creativity in all its forms, and I’ve been blogging (mostly about books) since 2012. You can find my earlier, still ongoing book blog over at Refused by the Call; if books are as much your thing as they are mine, you might want to check it out!
While I’ve always considered myself a cat person, I’m currently the proud owner human of a Beagle mix named Leif. He’s a devious little handful who grew quite a bit bigger than I was promised (almost forty pounds!), and he’s done quite a bit to teach me exactly why dog is considered mankind’s best friend. I’m definitely still a cat person… but I think I’m a dog person now, too.
Right now, I’m living in a small, shamefully messy apartment… and my life is ready for a makeover! With a half-formed dream of someday homesteading in the back of my mind, I’m devoting as much free time and creative effort as I can stand to renovating my world. I’m doing everything from focusing on my self-care and my mental health to exercising consistently for the first time to learning a new language (Spanish, like my ancestors!) to organizing, decluttering, and trying my hand at some DIY-ing.
Amara’s Eden is where I’m going to be chronicling my journey, along with all its inherent lessons, failures, and (hopefully!) victories, and I’m grateful for each and every person who decides to follow along.
And read along with me!
I’ve loved reading since toddlerhood–so much so that I’ve been blogging about it since 2012! After being the weird girl who read all the time in elementary and middle school, I went through a reading slump in high school before the returning to the hobby after discovering Goodreads, where I became a Superlibrarian and founded the Read by Theme book club.
I started reviewing at Goodreads before starting Amara’s Eden in its original book blog incarnation on October 24, 2012. I’ve tried blogging in so many placed since then: Weebly, Tumblr, BookLikes, Blogger, and WordPress.
I’m a fan of nonfiction, fantasy, and horror, and I have an ongoing fondness for children’s media. Most of my books come from libraries and thrift stores, but I am also receive review copies via Netgalley, Edelweiss, and occasionally Shelf Awareness.
About the Blog
As of August 2017, Refused by the Call is a hybrid review blog and lifestyle blog. If you enjoy the blog, you can support me by pledging a dollar per month (or whatever you can afford) on Patreon.
If you’d like to contact me with a review request, please see my review policy. Books reviewed at Refused by the Call come from various sources, including second hand purchases from charity stores, books borrowed from my local library system, and eARCs downloaded from Netgalley and Edelweiss. The source through which I received a book in no way influences my rating, review, or opinion of it.