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About Me

Hi, Kit here! (If you need to refer to me or credit me, “Kit @ Metaphors and Moonlight” or some variation that uses just Kit and/or 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. I like dark, intense books. I like fluffy, light, fun books. I like quirky books. I like books that make me sad. I like books that make me laugh. Mood reading! *shrug* 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.

Maybe I’ll write some books or stories of my own at some point, but that’s on the back burner for the moment.

I’ve always been a Simmer (my favorite is The Sims 3), and now I also play visual novels, dating sims, point and click games, puzzle games, and other low-stress types of games.

As for everything else… Well, I’m an INFJ. I’m disabled and chronically ill. (If you see me talking about TTS, screen readers, blind-friendly accessibility, not being able to look at screens sometimes, etc., that particular issue is thanks to a nerve problem in my head, though I am sighted.) I sometimes make art (mostly of mermen, it seems). 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!

If you want to get to know me more, here’s where you can find me:

Goodreads
All things bookish!

Pinterest
Quotes, humor, reading, writing, gymnastics, circus, food, and more, all in pretty picture form!

Twitter
Any random thoughts I have that fit into 280 characters.

Tumblr
Any random thoughts I have that don’t fit into 280 characters. Also possibly short stories, poems, and other little writerly things by yours truly (if I can stop chickening out).

Instagram
Photos! Mostly of books.

Steam
Honestly I don’t really interact on Steam, I mostly just play games, post reviews, and comment in discussions for games I play, but I like having friends there!

Bloglovin’ / WP Reader
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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 disabled person with medical expenses who is unable to work right now, 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 (most Amazon links are affiliate links, including in reviews, rec posts, the Books with Disabilities list, and the covers below). 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!

Strangers in the Night by E.M. Jeanmougin & Jay Wright
Chase the Dark by Annette Marie
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Withered + Sere by TJ Klune
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
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 and you sign up with my referral link, you can get a 60-day free trial: Scribd Free Trial

If you like audiobooks and supporting local businesses, here is my Libro.fm referral link: Libro.fm membership

I’m also an affiliate for some non-bookish sites! Here are my affiliate/referral 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)
Swagbucks (sign up free and earn gift cards by searching, playing games, & more)

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 🙂

Amazon eBook Wishlist
(I’m also happy to borrow Kindle ebooks, if you own one that’s on my wishlist and it’s lendable! You can see if a book has “Lending: Enabled” under “Product Details” on the store page!)

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, Wednesdays, and sometimes Fridays.

– Sunday: Whatever I feel like (Book Review, “Life and Books” Update, Discussion, Book Recs, etc.)
– Monday: —
– Tuesday: —
– Wednesday: Book Review
– Thursday: —
– Friday: Book Review
– 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 when I’m aware of them. However, since everyone’s needs are different, I can’t mention everything.

I myself use a lot of blind assistive tech (though I’m sighted), so I make a point to mention whether or not games are accessible for blind / visually impaired players and screen reader users. I don’t do it to call any games out. I do it because, if no one explicitly says, “This game is not accessible,” it can be hard to know sometimes.

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!)