I’m a girl in my mid-20s. I’m from New York and live in New York City now. Previously I lived in Providence, Rhode Island, where I was a graduate student of environmental studies. I like books (obviously!), birds and bird-watching, Netflix, tea of all kinds, red wine, Mystery Science Theater 3000, buying ridiculous toys for my dog, and trying new restaurants. I’m a semi-professional volunteer (i.e, I’m underemployed), having spent time in a bilingual kindergarten classroom, an environmental education center, and an urban botanical garden.

I don’t like people who walk slowly in front of me during rush hour.

I’m passionate about super-good books, but probably write my best/funniest reviews about books that have personally offended me with their badness. I’m an advocate of sincerely badass female characters, non-wimpy vampires and werewolves, rip-roarin’ revenge, and dog characters not being killed/dying horribly.

My favorite genres include fantasy, science fiction, creative non-fiction, and whatever-the-hell “literary fiction” is.

Contact me at: tarynwanderer (at) gmail (dot) com!

Disclaimer: Unless specifically stated, all of the books reviewed on this site were either purchased by me, borrowed from the library, or received as presents from friends and family. I accept ARCs in exchange for honest reviews, and ARCs will always be marked as such. Mainly, I just do this for fun and because I like talking about books. 🙂

Disclaimer the Second: I am part of Powell’s Partners program, which means I use affiliate links when linking book titles. This means that if you click that link and end up buying something from Powell’s, I get a tiny percentage. I have currently made zero ($0) this way.

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8 Responses to “About tarynwanderer”


  1. 1 Fuzzy Logic October 3, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Your reviews are good to read. 🙂 I find myself pretty much in agreement with a lot of what you said.
    And yes, cheese, FTW!

  2. 2 ryan May 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    i think i might love you. i found your blog by reading and rereading and searching for FOREVER by Peter. I was impressed by his book and impressed by your blog. i am listening to good music right now and i hope you are doing the same. A band called The Lumineers. Folky, sad bastard shit, but good shit. keep up the good work. keep reading good books. and dont ever give up.

    -ryan

    write tonight.

    http://www.facebook.com/theryanbuynak

  3. 3 rufus December 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    hey just wondering, is your name based off of the hero to the book series the chronicles of prydain, taran wanderer? Just wanted to know

    • 4 tarynwanderer December 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Hi Rufus,

      Yes, it is! I grew up reading fantasy and (as my real first name is Taryn) I thought borrowing a title from the Chronicles of Prydain made a lot of sense!

      Thanks for reading,
      Taryn

  4. 5 rufus December 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    probably one of my favorite book series

  5. 6 Turn the Page Reviews April 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Taryn-I just started following your blog.

  6. 8 Jooli April 16, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Taryn: I’ve nominated you for the LIebster Award! Check out my post for more details: https://ireadtoliveinotherpeopleslives.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/6/. Enjoy! Jooli


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