About

This is me!

I’m Renae. I am a dog lover, a classic film enthusiast, and a listener of experimental and indie music. Also, I like to read. A lot. I’ve lived all over the US as well as several years overseas—currently my I split my time between Colorado and my Midwestern university.

My interest in reading started almost immediately after I learned to read at age 5, and as a child I loved J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. When I joined Goodreads.com in 2010, I became more aware of contemporary fiction, as well as the wider reading community that exists on the Internet. I started reading and writing book reviews then, and quickly came to realize that I enjoyed it just as much as reading itself. At the beginning of January 2012, I started a bookish website, Respiring Thoughts, on a whim. Said “whim” has now expanded into a full-blown hobby, and I devote considerable chunks of time to reading, reviewing and site maintenance.

Respiring Thoughts is primarily a book review site. I sometimes post other material, but that really depends on my mood and how I’m feeling about things. The reviews I post cover a wide variety of books, from classic literature to paperback romance. I don’t have a favorite genre, and I read whatever interests me.

I can be contacted via email at respiring.thoughts(at)gmail.com, or you can tweet me @shakesbeary.

Otherwise, thanks for visiting the site, and hope to see you around!