About Me

I grew up in northeastern Wisconsin about forty minutes south of Green Bay. I developed a fondness for sports, movies, food, and traveling. From an early age I was fond of learning in and outside of school. Thus, I turned to books in search of the things I wanted to experience.

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I received a BA in German and global studies. Due to my German major I was able to study abroad in Bonn, Germany, which opened my eyes to new people, places, and things. I became more interested in books taking courses in English, German, Scandinavian, Irish, International, Comparative, and Russian Literature.  Texts in these courses encouraged me not only to view the world around me from different perspectives, but I was encouraged to turn my sights inward. My life has been especially touched by the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Orhan Pamuk and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Especially the latter has led me to consider what he referred to as life’s most enigmatic questions, or”the accursed questions.” I try to keep these ideas in mind in both my day-to-day life and in my more scholarly pursuits.

I pursued and earned and English BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, because reading and analyzing literature are my true passions.  I earned a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Teaching and Learning Track December of 2012.

I continue writing for experience, but this is what I love doing, and I want to make it a career soon. One day I want a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. When I make my way to the book store, I want to grab on to people and tell them what to read and why. Since that isn’t really a possibility, this blog is my way of doing it.

follow me on Twitter @lisaslitlife.

12 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Enjoy your blog. I know, it’s a bland comment, but I couldn’t find a subscribe button.

  2. Hello Lisa ….
    I also like your site. You name drew my attention because my wife is related to a Bourbonnais clan (out of Oklahoma). I share your literary interests as well.
    Keep up the good work.

    Dan Walter

  3. Hi Lisa, I recently published a YA fantasy novel on Amazon Kindle and was looking for honest, solid reviews from people in the US who know what they are talking about (I live in the UK and for some reason reviews on Amazon.co.uk don’t show on Amazon.com). Do you fancy a read? The book is called The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu. It’s a spinoff from the Cinderella story but doesn’t follow Cinderella at all, instead it focuses on a girl who finds the other glass slipper on the night of the ball after Cinderella runs away from the palace. Thanks for your help.

    • I would love to read your work, but I don’t read on Kindle. I am very old-fashioned about books. If you happen to have published any hard copies you could send over the pond I would certainly check it out! THank you very much for thinking of me!

  4. I really like your blog! Is there anyway I can contact you about possible review titles. Please email me kenya(dot)walker@us(dot)penguingroup(dot)com

  5. Hi, I am currently doing a Masters of Comparative Literature at the Sorbonne in Paris (with only one month to go!) and I stumbled across your blog by chance. I would love to hear your further thoughts on books and in particular Russian Literature. I also love Dostoyevski and I am learning russian so that one day (in the very distant future) I will be able to read him in the original! As far as French writing is concerned I am dreadfully in love with Maupassant and I find that I have falled even deeper into the french romantics ever since I started reading in french. Do you read in the orignal languages? What do you think of “The Idiot”? Have you had a great response to your thoughts ever since you started your blog? How do you cope with the never ending pile of books to read on the bedside table? Ciao

    • Your program sounds fantastic. I read “The Idiot” about five years ago, and I don’t remember much about it. Of course, I thought it was well written. I don’t get many readers on my blog, but I am doing it in order to practice writing, so it’s okay with me.

      It is hard to choose which book to read next. I like to use recommendations and keep up to date on new publications and lists so I can choose from different genres. I just started “Swann’s Way”, because I saw a list that named it one of the ten best of all time.

      Good luck with school.

  6. Hi!
    I’ve been reading your book reviews and would like to invite you to a new Pintrest board:

    This is a place for book lovers to share their favorite books and also a great place to increase traffic to your website by pinning your own book reviews or book-related discussions. Let me know if you’re interested. email me at lasesana@gmail.com

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