About Me


My name is Jessica, and I like books, cats, traveling, hiking, needle felting, and growing orchids and African violets. I was born and raised in the Midwest of the United States but now live on the east coast. I have a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature, and I am currently working on a certificate in sustainability studies because I hope to use my writing skills to write about what really matters to me the most: the environment. My cats’ names are Bruce (black and white cat) and Sam (black cat). They are good boys… most of the time.


About the Blog

I began this blog in 2015 when a college English class I was assisting with encouraged the students to create a blog to record their writing progress over the semester. What began as an example for the class’s students, became this book review blog.

Why The Literary Giraffe? Well, because it is silly, and I like silly things. I just think giraffes are neat, and thinking about one reading a book is funny to imagine. Why review books? Because I like to read and share books with others. Being a Youtube book reviewer is also too much for my anxiety, so here I am!

Reading and Blog Goals

This blog is a reflection of what I read, but even though fantasy and historical fiction are two of my favorite genres, I try to mix it up a little. As another example, I may love Neil Gaiman, but I try not to review every book I read from him. So, while there may be a majority of fantasy reviews, I try not to review several of one genre back to back. I also tend not to review classics or older novels. Recently I have tried to review more new releases, authors of color, non-fiction books, and independently published work. I don’t want anyone to get tired of my content, and it pushes me to read more diversely– by author and by genre.

Do you have a book you would like me to review?
Contact me: literarygiraffe at gmail dot com