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About Me

Hi, Kit here! (If you need to refer to me or credit me for something, “Kit @ Metaphors and Moonlight” or some variation that uses just my first name and my blog name, or just my blog name, is good!)

As you’ve probably figured out, I’m a big lover of books and always have been. I rarely read anything outside fantasy/paranormal and science fiction, but I read a wide variety within those genres, including young adult, adult, LGBTQIA+, romance-focused, no romance, and all different subgenres (although I do have a special love for paranormal creatures, especially vampires). I also love self-published and indie books. My taste often runs on the darker, more intense, and/or quirkier side, but I also like fluffy, light, fun reads. Mood reading is a tricky beast πŸ˜‰ I never regret reading a book because I take something from every book I read, but I do find it a lot more fun to talk about the ones I like.

I would love to write some books of my own at some point, but for the moment I’m just brainstorming, practicing, and constantly learning.

I’ve always been a Simmer (my favorite is The Sims 3!), but I’ve recently gotten into visual novels, dating sims, and other similar types of games.

As for everything else… Well, I’m an INFJ. I’m disabled and chronically ill. I sometimes make art (mostly of mermen, it seems), when my falling apart body will allow it, which you can find throughout these specific update posts. My favorite color is red, my favorite fish is the longhorn cowfish, and my favorite movie is Tangled. I love the night because it has a magic and a stillness that makes everything feel more meaningful and makes me feel more like myself. I have six piercings in one ear even though I’m afraid of needles. I used to do gymnastics and circus, even though I wasn’t particularly great at either (aside from handstands, I was pretty good at those). And… I guess that’s about it!

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment, send a message, or friend me—I love meeting fellow readers, writers, and bloggers!

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About the Blog

I started this blog in July 2015 as a place to share the amazing books I was finding. Good books deserve to be read, and good authors deserve to know when one of their books has made an impact on someone.

This blog contains reviews of the following types of books:
– Fantasy, Paranormal & Sci-Fi
– Young Adult & Adult
– Traditional, Indie, & Self Pub
– Regular Novels & Comics
– Romance (including LGBT+) & No Romance

I have also started reviewing visual novels, dating sims, and other types of games! And occasionally I talk about podcasts, movies, shows, music, blogging stuff, and other random things.


 

Support the Blog

As a chronically ill person unable to work right now and also in need of expensive dental work, I appreciate every bit of financial help (and every gift, free book, etc.) that I get!

If you’re enjoying my blog, one way you can help me afford to keep it running, without any extra cost to you, is by using the Amazon affiliate links throughout my blog (many book cover images, reviews, the Books with Disabilities list). If you use one of these and then make a purchase, I will make a small amount of money. Need suggestions? Here are some books I recommend!

Vanity in Dust by Cheryl Low
Chase the Dark by Annette Marie
Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen
Withered + Sere by TJ Klune
How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Real Vampires Don't Sparkle by Amy Fecteau
Steal the Light by Lexi Blake
Bang! Bang! BOOM! by Melanie Schoen & Del Borovic
 

If you don’t have a Scribd account yet and you sign up with my link, you can get a 60-day free trial: Scribd Free Trial

If you like audiobooks, check out Libro.fm: Libro.fm membership

I’m also an affiliate for some non-bookish sites! Here are my links for those:

Zazzle (customizable products)
ChemiCloud (webhosting)
iHerb (herbs, supplements, food, beauty products)
Nolah Sleep (a really comfy mattress, especially for side sleepers, that I’ve been using for years)
Honey (a free browser extension that automatically finds coupon codes for you so you can save money)
Swagbucks (sign up for free and earn gift cards by using their search engine, taking surveys, etc.)

If you’re feeling particularly generous, you can donate through ko-fi, buy me a book from one of my wishlists, or (if you want to support me but not Amazon) I’m happy to accept books from small businesses too πŸ™‚

Amazon eBook Wishlist
Amazon Print Book Wishlist


 

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Blog Schedule

I’m not following a strict schedule for posts right now, but lately I’ve been posting on Sundays and/or Wednesdays each week, and sometimes Fridays.

I’m currently posting once or twice a week:

– Sunday: Whatever I feel like (Book Review, “Life and Books” Update, Discussion, Book Recs, etc.)
– Monday: —
– Tuesday: Book Review
– Wednesday: —
– Thursday: Book Review
– Friday: —
– Saturday: —


 

Rating System

I recommend paying more attention to my reviews than my ratings because my ratings can be inconsistent. But this is my general system as of 2020.

– 5: Perfect! // Blew me away!
– 4.5: Amazing! // Loved it! Stands out in my mind as being a cut above.
– 4: Great and memorable! Or solidly good all around. // Really liked it!
– 3.5: Good! Or enjoyable. Maybe not memorable though. // Liked it.
– 3: Ok. // Mostly felt neutral, but somewhat enjoyed.
– 2.5: Meh. // Don’t have super negative feelings overall, but didn’t really enjoy.
– 2: Bad. // Disliked it. I have actively negative feelings.
– 1.5: Very bad. // Really disliked it.
– 1: Awful. // Hated it. One of the worst books I’ve ever read.
– 0.5: What did I even just read?

*Note that I don’t base entirely on feelings, so I take off half to a whole star if a book has issues I can’t overlook. E.g. I might think a book is amazing but give it 4 stars because of plot holes.

*Also note that it might seem like I give every book a great rating, but that’s only because reviews are a lot of work, and I mostly review the books I love or really like. If I dislike a book, I’m less likely to put in the effort to review it.


 

Trigger/Content Warnings

I try to give trigger/content warnings for common triggers and bothersome content in books, but I can’t promise I remember for every book, or that I remember every warning in any given book. I also didn’t add warnings when I first started blogging. So please be aware that a lack of warning doesn’t necessarily mean something isn’t in the book.

If you want a quick way to try and find specific triggers in a book, try this:


 

Game Accessibility

Accessibility in gaming is important to me! So in my game reviews, I try to mention accessibility features. However, since everyone’s needs are different, I can’t mention everything. I myself use a lot of assistive tech for blind people (though I’m sighted and use it because of a head/eye problem), so I make a point to mention whether games are accessible for blind / visually impaired players and screen reader users, since that is what I am familiar with and often use.

If you know of more accessibility features in a game I review, feel free to leave a comment mentioning it! (Or better yet, if you review games anywhere, mention accessibility in your reviews too!)

Here’s a post I wrote if you’d like to know more about how games can be made accessible for blind and visually impaired players.


 

Contact

Questions? Review requests? You can email me at: kristenburns.contact (at) gmail (dot) com

(If you’re requesting a review, please check out my review policy first!)