Hi there. I'm Tiffany.

I'm a 26-year-old human lady based in New York City. I mostly read young adult novels, with some literary fiction, new adult, and nonfiction sprinkled throughout. I love cowboy boots, silliness, and outer space. Dogs are my favorite. I have eclectic taste in music, and I'm a sucker for sugar.

Come play with me on Goodreads, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram!

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Here are some things to know about me and the way I blog:

I have a "no bullshit" policy. I don't sugarcoat my opinions here, though I do try and filter the sass – and swearing – that comes out of my mouth. (No promises on Goodreads, though. @&#$%*!)

I have high standards for books. From middle grade to young adult to "literary fiction," I believe in strong character development and good writing and thoughtful storytelling. I'm a sucker for complex relationships.

I like to review books. They are my favorite thing to write. I don't always review books in the same way. Sometimes I just make lists. Other times I ramble. I get pseudo-philosophical more often than not.

I'm a supporter of Aussie YA. It is a truth not-so-universally acknowledged that Aussie YA > all other YA. Also, Melina Marchetta is goddess of everything. Also, WHERE IS JIMMY HAILLER?

I can't pick my top 5 favorite books. It's impossible. But I can link you to my favorites bookshelf on Goodreads. And the list of books that changed my life.

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I started Bookplates for Brunch for a whole host of reasons, but mostly because I wanted to become a more active reader – i.e. consciously taking in information, processing it, responding to it, thinking about it, considering my reaction and understanding the why behind it all.

Blogging is a way for me to slow down the reading experience – to really absorb the quotes and passages that speak to me, to reflect on characters and themes, to savor the writing and start to comprehend what makes a story tick.

I've learned a lot by reading stories and writing about them. I like to think that Bookplates for Brunch is a place for me to put my thoughts and ideas (about writing and plot development and human nature and social norms and everything) out into the world, so that maybe someone (you?) might come across them and agree (or disagree) and we can interact and learn from each other and open ourselves up to more perspectives.

And, well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.