My name is Carrie Slager and I am a young woman living in rural Saskatchewan.  My location spurred me to write this blog in part because I only live in a town of 300-ish people, practically none of whom like to talk about books.  Starting a blog was a thing I did on a whim after work one day and although I didn’t know it at the time, my little hobby for one winter turned into this three year project and I’m not planning to quit anytime soon.

My hobbies include studying ancient cultures (Egypt, Rome and Persia currently), reading, occasionally writing and of course blogging.

Here are some random/sort of interesting facts about me:

  1. I received my PADI scuba diving certification at the age of 13, despite a severe sinus infection that made diving excruciatingly painful.  The tank, weights and BCD probably added up to more than half my body weight at the time.
  2. On an average Saturday evening, there is an 80% chance you would find me watching an opera or reading.
  3. I have climbed 3 different Mayan pyramids in 2 different countries.
  4. Over the past 5 years, I’ve kept track of how many books I’ve read and I average about 200 books per year.

Obviously, this list is not nearly as awesome as most peoples’.


    • Carrie Slager

      I write a bunch of reviews at once (about 5 at a time, usually on the weekend), type them up, add pictures and links and save them as drafts. Then I publish one every morning. It’s pretty simple. But as for reading all these books? I’ve had many of them for years and I have a very, very good memory when it comes to books. By the way, thanks so much for following my blog!

  1. noirciplume

    Woohoo! Another book review blog. I’m always looking for books to read. Ha, although my current reading list is quite long. I really do need to find the time to read more.

    Thank you for visiting my blog!

  2. Jean

    YOu might offer your blog to some Saskatchewan public libraries OR offer to do a blog post for them and they can link to your blog. (So, more motivation to keep up quality content. :D)

    The librarians are busy people and haven’t got time to do a ton of book reviews for local folks. (I know I was a librarian –engineering and law. Work of what libraries do these days has multiplied because now there’s books, internet, blogs and other databases to show users.)

  3. jmcartee

    Hey Carrie, You probably know me from the forums and weheartreading.wordpress.com.

    I was wondering what the best way I could get into contact with you in regards to our book site. Maybe email?

    • Carrie Slager

      Yes, you may. Put ‘Book Review Request’ in the subject line and email it to me so I can read it on Adobe Digital Editions. And I would appreciate it if you put the blurb that appears on the back cover in the body of the email.

      • skarba

        we’ll i love books and i am now following- i have read a couple you reviewed! look forward to reading more! hopefully I will start soon, I have a small library in my bedroom!

          • skarba

            the hunger games, the white queen, the red queen, the constant princess- they are the ones i am certain i have read- i just went through the list! I have just completed a history degree so over the past 3 years i haven’t read as much as i would have liked, but read some amazing factual history books!- they are a worse distraction than tv!

          • skarba

            i had thought that there might be something like that after reading the blurb of the most recent books you had reviewed!

        • Carrie Slager

          Well, I have an ‘interview’ category, but I guess it is hard to find. As for the library thing you suggested earlier, I did look into it.I learned my local library does have a website, but to be honest, my blog gets more traffic than it does. After all, I live in a community of less than 500 people.

          Do you have any other suggestions? I do appreciate your advice.

      • Jean

        That’s great. I was not aware that you wrote up such interviews (unless one ploughs through the blog).

        Have you considered interviewing people who might have been influenced by a good YA writer? Jean Little, from the Guelph area (at least back in my childhood/teenagehood) visited our school and did weave in stories from her books as well as her experiences as a disabled child. That left a strong impression on some kids including myself.

  4. Jean

    Or approach an independent bookstore in Saskatchewan if they are interested in putting a blog link or allow you to occasionally be a guest writer.

    • Carrie Slager

      To be honest, I buy my books from an independent bookstore in Alberta because it’s closer than any independent bookstores here in Saskatchewan! I’ve approached them, but they’ve been noncommittal. However, I have applied for syndication of my book reviews from The Masquerade Crew, a book blog and they have accepted. Hopefully that will raise my profile.

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  7. beckyday6

    Hi Carrie, nice blog you’ve got here!

    I’ve always been fascinated with ancient Egypt although I don’t know nearly as much about it as I would like. I’m so jealous you got to climb two Mayan pyramids, what great experiences! Maybe one day…

    200 books a year, wow. That’s impressive. 😀 I hope I can get to that many one day.

  8. thesweetreview

    Hi I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award which is basically a thing for bloggers getting to know each other on WordPress. I love your site, and instantly followed you. I love reading too!!! I also have a reviewing website, thesweetreview.com. In there, there is all the deets you need to know! Bye!

  9. Jocelyn Green

    Carrie, your site is so interesting, I am almost at a loss for words. I appreciate your professionalism as well as your hard work (although for booklovers and readers like us, this type of “work” is mostly pleasure :D).

    • Carrie Slager

      Thank you very much for the award but I’ve already been nominated. If you could pass it on to a different deserving blogger who hasn’t received it yet, that would be great. 🙂

  10. patricksponaugle

    Hey Carrie, are you all caught up on Season 5 Game of Thrones? I have a suggestion for a topic for you, one of your historical pieces that I love, but I don’t want to talk about it if you’re behind on the watching.

    If you are caught up, let me know and I’ll use your Contact form to describe what I mean, which will securely provide you my email address, etc.

    Hope you are doing well,


  11. Erik Von Norden


    Loved your blog, and would not dare break your “closed for book submission” policy. I do, however, live in a small rural town, have visited Mayan pyramids and have something to pitch that would interest someone who likes ancient cultures. Could you kindly let me know when you raise the vacancy sign? Thanks so much.

    – Erik Von Norden

    • Carrie Slager

      As much as I would like to, I don’t have time to contact all of the authors who would like to submit their books to me when I do reopen. Check back in the summer to see if submissions are open again as that is the most likely time.

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