Welcome to my new little book nook on the internet, I’d Rather Be at Pemberley! Fellow Janeites will recognize the nod to the famous estate from Pride and Prejudice.


I started this blog for eleventy billion reasons, but I’ll just name a few here:

1. I read. Like, a lot. I met my original Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge goal of 75 books by May, and currently sit at 107 books read at the time of publishing. I updated my goal to 120 books for the year, but I think I will surpass that as well. However, I read at Mach speed, so I rarely process and think and reflect on what I read. I finish a book and move on to the next one. I’m hoping writing my about the feels I have on a given book will help in that arena.

1a. While I do read a lot, a large majority of my time is spent with romance novels. I have zero shame about this and give zero fucks if you think that makes me a loser. But I do feel like I am missing out on great reads in other genres and want to branch out more. IRBAP will help keep me accountable.

I’m also participating in the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge, and its already helped immensely.

2. I like to write, but mostly about what I think about things, because my opinions are suuuuuuper important. But I also get asked for book recommendations quite often, and being able to point them to a central place would be nice. I hope I will become a better writer in the process. Additionally, it’ll be be awesome to shared thoughts on review copies of upcoming books that I’ve been given, or giveaways I’ve won.

3. I want to create the type of book blog that I often wish I could read. That’s to say, I want to read a book blog where the discussion isn’t about life changing themes, or how a character is a metaphor for world peace, but whether the story was interesting, the writing was decent, and whether or not the characters were obnoxious. There’s nothing wrong with bloggers that write deeply analytical reviews of novels (I follow a bunch of them!), but sometimes I just want a down and dirty review about whether I should dedicate a few hours of my precious free time to a book. That’s what I hope to do here.

4. My blog’s title does imply that I have a bit of a wanderlusty attitude. Given that I travel quite a bit, personally and professionally, there will be the occasional travel post that pops up here. But my main intent here is to share my thoughts on the books I read (or listen to!).

I plan to post every Tuesday and Friday. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be finalizing the layout and some of the finer details. But there is never a perfect time to start these types of things, so I figured “Melissa, just fucking post something.” So it’s back to reading I go, and I’ll see y’all soon!

What kind of content would you like to see on I’d Rather Be at Pemberley?

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