This is me

This is me

When I was in junior high, my dad grounded me from the library until I read The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Díaz del Castillo. (He was really into “learning about my culture” and knew how to get me to cooperate.) Books have always been a big part of my life.

Me & my guys

Me & my guys

I’m a reader. Not a writer. At least not a creative writer. I have SO MUCH respect for those who can create in this way. When I had to declare my college major, there was no doubt it would be Literature-Critical Writing (my only second choice would have been History.) I love connecting with people around books, something I don’t get to do too much in person. The most notable exception to this, though, is my husband. I met him at UC Irvine (Zot!) in a Hispanics in the US lit class. We’re both big book geeks. We have an on-going struggle to find new places for bookshelves.

My son's "little buddy"

My son's "little buddy"

Our house is what I think of as my southern Californian dream. A Latino/Chinese-Jamaican/American household. We’ve got a 7 year old son who rides herd over our 100 pound black lab. I have a small vegetable garden that grows lots of peppers (Mexican and Jamaican, of course!), squash, berries, and whatever else I can fit in and amongst my roses and fruit trees in my teeny tiny yard. I love ebooks and audio books that I can read/listen to while I knit, cook or drive. I’m excited about this blog. I like the idea of having an online version of my lists, which I make and keep up compulsively. I also have fallen in love with the online book community. Please be sure to check out the sidebar for some of my favorite book blogs/sites and authors.

I can be contacted by email at: reneesbookaddiction at gmail dot com or by filling out the form below.

15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. GreenApple Publicity  |  October 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Hello! We thought you and your readers might like to receive a free full-length novel, Jumble Pie, a heartwarming story about two women, a friendship, and a pie. The author has two published novels (Penguin Putnam) and is providing this as a thank-you to readers!

    Please visit to request a copy.

  • 2. Christine  |  November 12, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Renee!
    This is my first time visiting your blog and I love it! You’ve got great taste in authors and books, and I love your blogging “voice.”

    I enjoyed reading this post and seeing a picture of you and your guys. You have a beautiful blended family–I love the mix of ethnicities! My family is also blended, although not as diverse as yours. We’re a Filipino German-American family. 🙂

    Your home and garden sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • 3. Renee  |  November 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Christine: Thanks so much for the kind words! I’m really enjoying writing about what I love. Hope you visit often. 🙂

  • 4. Tez Miller  |  January 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Hi lass 🙂 I don’t think we’ve met, but my WordPress stats said you’d linked to my site, so here I came here, and here I am on the sidebar – thank you, Kind One 🙂 I’ll return the favour soon (I have lunch to eat now).

    Thanks for everything, and have a lovely day! 🙂

    • 5. Renee  |  January 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Tez! I’ve had your blog(s) on my personal bookmarks for a while, and have finally gotten around to updating my sidebar here. Thanks for the reciprocation! Have a great New Year! 🙂

  • 6. Carolyn Jean  |  January 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I never happened on this page, Renee! What a lovely family! How great to see you and this bio!!!

  • 7. Renee  |  January 10, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Carolyn Jean: Thanks!
    lol. Actually, it was listed up in the header (as a tab) at one time, but thru the wonders of the html gods (or more likely some boneheaded thing I did), it disappeared from the tabs. I didn’t notice till a week or 2 ago, and added the link in the sidebar.

  • 8. Tracy  |  February 3, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Am I missing it? I can’t find your email on your blog.

    I think you should come to the So Cal get together on Sunday!! You’re in Azusa, right? Come, play with us.

    email me at redneyrae at ca dot rr dot com

  • 9. Renee  |  February 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Tracy: Sending you an email! 😉

  • 10. James  |  February 23, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Interested in an ARC for this title:

  • 11. Renee  |  February 24, 2009 at 11:10 am

    James: Will follow up by email!

  • 12. Hilcia  |  May 30, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Hi Renee

    I’ve been visiting your blog for a while — but while looking for your e-mail, found this great page! Your family is beautiful and it reminds me so much of mine.
    I call mine the United Nations! 🙂 Lovely.

  • 13. Renee  |  December 10, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Found your site by accident. Seems we have the same taste in books. (and first name). What a beautiful family.

  • 14. Teresa Roblin  |  January 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Renee,

    Just noticed that you have Hocus Pocus on your list of to be read books. Nice!

    If you want to see what I look like watch Divine Design with Candice Olsen on Feb. 13 at 4:00p.m. on HGTV as she transforms my front/dining room into a writer’s retreat.

    This episode has already aired this week and the twitters have started.

    All the best, Teresa

  • 15. Meg  |  March 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Renee,

    I am a big fan of your blog, and have been reading it for quite some time now. You have actually inspired me to write my own!

    Its not just a book blog, its a little bit of everything at the moment, but i am hoping to make it more about books in the future. Hope you can check it out.

    It’s great to read a little more about you and your family here, and i hope you are recovering well from your op.



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