Who’s That Girl?




The Woman Behind the Words!

My Job: Middle School Librarian at a progressive independent school in downtown Manhattan. Boisterous and snarky opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own and DO NOT in any way, shape or form represent the opinions of my employer.

My Favorite Color: PINK! (And for all of you that grumble about pink being a traditional “girl” color and anti-feminist, TOO BAD. I like pink, and I say we feminists take it back as OUR color:)

My Favorite Flavor: Blue raspberry.

My Favorite Bands/Singers: The Doors, early Harry Connick, Jr., Hole (before Courtney Love totally sold Kurt out), The Cure, Bon Jovi (a hold-over from my 80’s high school days, but come on, the older Jon gets, the better he looks), Indigo Girls, Alicia Keys, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Aimee Mann, Ben Folds, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, The Hold Steady, Ryan Adams, Vampire Weekend, Mary J. Blige, The White Stripes, The Lumineers, Ke$ha and Barenaked Ladies. I love the GLEE soundtracks as well. And let’s not forget the amazing cast recording to the musical that is simply the epitome of adolescent angst (and no, I’m not talking about High School Musical) Spring Awakening!

My Free Time: Often spent reading, quilting and watching way too much reality television, primarily on MTV (Teen Mom!) Bravo (Top Chef! Real Housewives!) and BBC America (How Clean is Your House?! What Not to Wear!). Some of my favorite non-reality TV shows are Mad Men, The Office, Entourage, Bored to Death and Damages. I also write reviews regularly for cool professional librarian rags Booklist & Kirkus Reviews, and occasionally for TimeOut New York Kids and Amazon.com. Oh yeah, and I spent a year and a half of my life missing out on EVERYTHING to write this book.

My Faults: I am too loud to work in a library, too chicken to pierce my eyebrow, and way too obsessed with young adult literature.

My Strengths: Did I mention that I was WAY too obsessed with young adult literature?

My Hobbies: Collecting Sweet Valley High paperbacks with the original artwork covers, writing short stories and cooking. And of course, reading and reviewing.

Presentations: Check out all the details about a Reading Rants road show!

Thanks for visiting! As always, email me with any questions, suggestions or concerns: swampophelia27@yahoo.com Now, back to RR!

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Jen Hubert Swan
Librarian, Book Reviewer,
Reading Addict