Rated Reads

Reviewers

  • Cathy Carmode Lim has been a book reviewer for nearly 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor at a newspaper. The mother of four daughters founded Rated Reads in January 2008 and reviews many of the books. She has been reading since the age of 2½, according to her mom. She has also been writing books since she could put pencil to paper. One is in print so far — her memoir of mothering, Full Hands, Full Heart, Full Circle: From New Mom to ‘Just Like You, Mom.’ She always has a variety of projects going in addition to running Rated Reads and working as a copy editor. She lives in the Central Valley in California, and she blogs about books and several other topics at LifeandLims.com.
  • Melissa Baldwin currently works as an academic librarian and occasional teacher at a small college library, dreaming of the day she might become a children’s or young adult librarian. She got her undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy but decided to take a different path and got her master’s in library science. Apparently, she loves to do research, which her students do not find remotely interesting. She tries to share her love of reading in all situations and to all people, which can make for some awkward situations. It became much easier when she finally bit the bullet and started a book blog, One Librarian’s Book Reviews. When she doesn’t have her face plastered to a book or computer, she can be found frolicking the outdoors, camping and hiking, and attempting to grow her own vegetables.
  • Jessica Ball is a stay-at-home mom in lovely Utah who hasn’t stopped reading since she was 10. Even when her life gets really busy, she is always reading a book if for no other reason than to help her fall asleep at night. When she was a teenager, she liked to read adult fiction, but now that she’s an adult she loves to read young adult fiction. Besides reading, she loves to cook, play the piano, and travel with her best friend (also known as her husband). She started writing her book blog, Books: A true story, when her sister talked her into blogging and books were the only thing she wanted to blog about. She’s been blogging for almost a year and she’s loved every minute of it.
  • Abby BAbby B is currently in high school, waiting for the day when she can create her own business! She has been reading since second grade, when she fell in love with the Geronimo Stilton books. Since then she has been reading nonstop. Her favorite books include the Selection Series, the Harry Potter series and the Percy Jackson series. Abby loves anything fiction and loves to review books to help others find clean, entertaining books. You can find more of her reviews on books and other products at goodorgoodbye.blogspot.com.
  • niki-bissell-smallNiki Bissell is an Ohio mom raising four small munchkins. Though her first love is fantasy, she also reads biographies, YA fiction, science fiction, LOTS of children’s lit, and whatever her book club buddies have chosen to read this month. In her spare time (ha ha! like there is such a thing), she reads, bakes, and volunteers with a local refugee resettlement program.
  • Nicole Borman didn’t begin to enjoy reading until college. She tried, but every book she picked up bored her. That is, until she read The Firm by John Grisham. From there it was all downhill. After deciding a career in fashion wasn’t for her, she moved across the country and went back to school to study library science. She is now a high school librarian and youth services librarian at the public library. Although she likes most genres she prefers nonfiction, YA chick lit, and anything Pride and Prejudice-esque. Nicole is mildly obsessed with chocolate, photography and dogs, and in her spare time fantasizes about finding a job where she can stay in her pajamas all day.
  • Andrea Benson will read almost anything that you put in front of her. She has never been able to pin down just one or two favorite genres; lately, though, she’s been reading a lot of young adult, general adult fiction and all kinds of nonfiction. She also loves children’s books, and when she can squeeze it in (i.e., not as often as she’d like), she reviews them at The Storybook Shelf. She’s a homeschooling mommy to one sweet little boy and wife to a mad scientist, and she blogs about their lives together at Teach Me to Walk. When she’s not reading, reviewing books, wasting time on Pinterest, or teaching kindergarten math to a class of one, she’s working on an undergraduate degree in writing or … well, sleeping.
  • Corryn BrownCorryn Brown has been reading voraciously since the first grade. With a bachelor’s degree in history, she enjoys a good historical novel or biography, along with just about every other genre. After graduating, she went on to law school in California and has managed to continue reading in spite of spending long days buried in evidence and case law. Beyond reading she enjoys movies, most sports (especially Giants baseball) and is fostering a newfound love of travel.
  • John BurgerJohn Burger is an avid reader/reviewer and an author of young adult science fiction and fantasy under the pen name Johan Twiss. He enjoys reading and writing clean fiction that’s suitable for tweens, teens and adults alike. Book one of his new YA Space Fiction series, I Am Sleepless: Sim 299, is now available on Amazon. John lives outside Dallas, Texas, with his sweetheart and five crazy kiddos. They enjoy playing games, watching movies, having jam sessions on a variety of instruments and throwing the gauntlet down for Family Fight Night. Yes, you read that correctly — Family Fight Night. They suit up with the sparring gear and his kids get to attack him, practicing their blocks and strikes from martial arts classes. Basically, they get to hit dad and have a great time.
  • BChristensonBrittany Christenson is a domestic engineer specializing in early childhood development — or, in other words, a full-time wife and mom. She has always loved to read and, as a child, spent many family vacations in the car with a book, though her social skills have improved since then. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University, where she met her husband and realized that she spent way too much time growing up wishing school was over, because now she misses it like crazy. She lives in Central California and, when the mood strikes, updates her personal book blog, The Read Room. Her favorite genres are historical fiction and ghost stories, but she’s willing to give most others a chance, as long as they aren’t about sparkly vampires.
  • Kristin curtisKristin Curtis has been reading since before she could actually read. She would look at the pictures, or at the front cover if the book she grabbed had no pictures, and make up a story based on that. She has wanted to be a writer since kindergarten and has pursued that goal ever since, earning a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2014. She now lives in the Boise, Idaho, area and works as a transcriber for deaf services for a handful of universities, reading and writing in her spare time. She is drawn to dystopians and anything apocalyptic, fantasy and romance.
  • Rachel Dodge mugRachel Dodge works as a business analyst for the State of Utah in Salt Lake City. She has been an avid reader since a young age and thoroughly appreciates a well-crafted story. She rarely reads the same book twice but she would say her favorite books include the Harry Potter series and any mystery/thriller/suspense novel, especially those written by John Grisham, Greg Iles or Michael Connelly. When she is not reading you can find her honing her photography and Photoshop skills, plucking out tunes on her acoustic guitar, or watching football.
  • Corinne Edwards comes from a long line of compulsive readers. After growing up in Utah, where her reading habit was fed at the local library and mall bookshop, she’s now been in Maryland long enough to feel like a true Easterner. While she has a hunger to read anything in print (including the back of cereal boxes if that’s all that’s available), she prefers historical fiction, young adult and all things apocalyptic. Of the activities she does with her three wild children, a snuggled-up chapter book reading is her very favorite. Second to that is outings to historical sites and hiking/camping. Also, vacations that involve long car trips (with her loving husband driving), so she can finish just one more chapter. She keeps all her book thoughts at her own little nook of the blogosphere: The Book Nest.
  • Melissa Madsen Fox has always had people asking her, “What should I read?” or “What did you think of this book?” This led to some embarrassment, because since she read so many books, she could never remember which ones she liked, or why. In 2004, her husband pointed her in the direction of the computer as a solution to this problem, and her blogging career — as well as her archive of answers to persistent book-related questions — began with the birth of Book Nut. Reading, reviewing and book blogging have taken over what’s left of her life after being a stay-at-home mom to four rambunctious daughters and wife to a slightly- absent-minded professor of political science. She claims to be a reading omnivore, saying that she will read practically anything, but will also readily admit that she likes young adult and middle-grade fiction best. She lives in Wichita, Kansas.
  • Natalie Gowen is a freelance writer based in beautiful Colorado. A graduate in political science, most of her writing focuses on government and current social issues. She reads to escape the world of perpetual spin and problems too big to fix. The mother of two boys and wife to a supportive husband, she also authors a blog, so her family doesn’t have to bear the brunt of the passionate discourses bouncing around inside her head.
  • EmileeH Emilee H is a high-schooler from Utah. Her favorite books range from Harry Potter and Jane Eyre to Goose Girl. Reading is a bit of an obsession for her, and sometimes she can’t hear you for the book in her hand. Emilee also uses her graphing calculator to program games. She’s the child of an English teacher and an engineer, and her stepfather is a doctor in the research field. No wonder she loves books and programming so much!
  • Teri Harman is an author, reader and book enthusiast. Her young adult novel, Blood Moon, was published by Jolly Fish Press in summer 2013. She writes a biweekly column, Book Matters, for ksl.com and also contributes a monthly book segment to KSL’s #1 lifestyle show, Studio 5. She sits on the planning committee for the Utah Valley University For the Love of Reading Conference and is a member of the Children’s Literature Association of Utah. Occasionally, she writes feature articles and book reviews for the Deseret News. Teri does all this amid the chaos of three young kids and with the help of a sainted husband. Visit her at her website or on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Sid Kooyman served a career as an infantry officer. Since retiring from the Army he has worked as a commercial pilot, a strategic planner for the Department of Homeland Security, and an exercise planner for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; he has also written two books. He lives in Iowa with his wife of 40-plus years.
  • Nancy Minster is an avid reader, is married to an avid reader and is the mother to three little kids who seem to like books as well. One can only wonder where they get it from! Nancy grew up in California and went to college in Utah, where she received a degree in English teaching. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she and her family have jumped their way across the country, starting in California, followed by a four-year jump to Kansas and now northern Virginia. In 2006, Nancy read over 22,000 pages in 74 books. That’s her adult book-reading record for a year. (She has to keep track to compete with her husband’s reading records.) Nancy reads mostly fiction, a lot of young adult literature and a tiny bit of nonfiction here and there. Besides reading and being a mom, she homeschools her kids and enjoys baking, writing and blogging. Her blog can be found at writingfishbowl.blogspot.com.
  • Heather Moore would rather buy books than clothes. In fact, she often reads three to four books at a time, keeping each book in a strategic location — in the car, by her bed, in the living room, and in the kitchen. She’d keep one on the backyard table if it weren’t for the chewing-prone dog. All the reading has paid off and Heather is an award-winning author of historical fiction (www.hbmoore.com). She also owns and manages an editing company, Precision Editing Group, LLC (www.precisioneditinggroup.com).
  • Danica Page is an avid reader, a freelance journalist, a book blogger, and a college student double-majoring in English and journalism. Whenever she’s not working or studying, she can be found with her nose in a good book. This love of reading led to the decision to start a blog, Taking it One Page at a Time. Danica is a native of Utah and is in love with the mountains surrounding her.
  • Luisa Perkes finds herself CONSTANTLY falling in love. She’s in love with FOOD, running, traveling, sunbathing and dancing. She’s REALLY in love with her baby boy and her Prince Charming. She loves Idaho, where she lives, and Boston, where she grew up. She is passionate about becoming a Good Mom, which is her most important title, but apart from that she is also a Fruit Smoothie Junkie, a Chocolate Snob, a Garden Guru and a Connoisseur of the Kitchen. Of all the love that fills her life, she loves nothing more than to escape in a good book. Despite her romantic notions, she has never read a romance novel and instead prefers historical fiction and YA lit. You can read more of her and her loves on her blog.
  • Michael PriceMichael Price is a CPA in Chico, Calif. With his long commute and an enjoyment of endurance sports, he finds plenty of time to listen to books on tape. He tends to lean towards the epic fantasy and adventure genres, which, with their high page count, offer a great bang for your buck. With his accounting training and two short novels under his belt, Michael likes to dissect what he reads, figuring why the writing worked or didn’t. He is also a bit of an emergency prep nut, including co-founding bearsurvival.com.
  • Bryce Robbins is a senior operations admin at a mutual fund company in Irvine, Calif. He plays rugby, performs with a local orchestra, and loves a good book. He balances his reading load between business topics and new fiction, with a smattering of biography if he can find some he likes. You can find out more about him on LinkedIn. He currently resides in Mission Viejo, Calif., with his wife, daughter, and two cats.
  • Constance Roberts smallConstance Roberts is a retired flight attendant who traded in her wings to stay at home with her adventurous daughter and to write. After pursuing a degree in creative writing, she published her first book, Onyx Moon. When she is not busy daydreaming, she loves to read sci-fi/fantasy novels from up-and-coming authors and review them on her blog, authorconstanceroberts.blogspot.com. She and her husband live in St. Louis, Missouri, where they play board games on the weekends with friends.
  • Craig Smith lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier, just outside of Tacoma, Washington. He is a practicing veterinarian, focusing on feline medicine, nutrition, and surgery. He grew up in various places in the Puget Sound region, and received his college and professional training at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He enjoys reading, travel, outdoor photography, and programming his growing collection of Macs. His family raises bantam varieties of ducks, chickens, and geese, providing their neighbors with a multicolored assortment of fresh eggs almost year-round. He provides podcasts on feline health topics at his website, www.tacomacat.com, and through iTunes.
  • Bailey TullochBailey Tulloch has been a voracious reader since the age of three. She loves all kinds of books and reads anything she can get her hands on. Reading created her love for writing, and in addition to being a NaNoWriMo winner, she has won several awards for her short stories. She goes to school in Texas and writes for the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review. She is also on the chair of her local library’s advisory board committee. When she’s not reading (check out her reading blog) or writing, you can typically find her teeing off at the golf course, working up a sweat at the gym, baking cupcakes, or singing along to The Script.
  • kwagner smallKrista Wagner graduated from National University with an MFA in Creative Writing. Her latest novel, Rian Field, is an adult mystery thriller with a release date for January 2016. She is currently an English professor and is at work on her next novel, a children’s fantasy tale, The Gold. Her debut novel, Intent, was published in August 2014 by TouchPoint Press.
  • Whitney WagnerWhitney Wagner has a love of reading that stems from a love of things that are free. She puts her local library to good use and has at least four books on hold at any given time. She enjoys reading mysteries, young adult and chick books. When she’s in between books she loves yoga, hiking and tennis. She works as a nurse and has been enjoying marital bliss to her Spanish-teaching spouse for five years.