Born and raised in the capital Male’ of the Republic of Maldives, I am a Maldivian who fell in love with the English language and reading at a very tender age. My father instilled in all of us a love for the language that has opened up doors for us which would have otherwise remained closed if it weren’t for our familiarity with the English language.
My reading interests began with the classic Enid Blyton phase which then moved onto books such as the Nancy Drew series and The Hardy Boys which till today I remember with fond memories. There were times when I was so lost in the fantastic worlds that only books can offer you so much that my mom used to vehemently scold me because I really had no interest in anything else at times.
As I grew older, I found my interests swaying towards romances, first the Sweet Valley High series and then the Sweet Dreams publisher series and then later on moved towards Harlequin romances which seemed endless at that time. Then came the introduction to authors such as Sandra Brown, Judith McNaught, Sidney Sheldon etc. that painted my world with vivid colors and made my reading time that much more precious and coveted as I grew older.
I have read thousands of books till now and started up this review blog on a whim in 2009 and am proud to say that it is the first of its kind in the Maldives. A year on, I am addicted to reviewing as much as I am addicted to reading. Since I read mostly romances (rarely do I venture into other genres these days), I find myself at times ridiculed by my peers for my reading choices. Getting labeled as a hopeless romantic is one of the hazards of being a romance reader, something I manage to brush off easily – most of the time.
Romance is a very broad genre with all sorts of sub-genres in the mix. I prefer contemporary romances (though historical romance authors such as Sherry Thomas makes it hard not to fan after historical romances as well), and through it all discovered that I have an interest towards erotica as well. Though I used to steer clear of gay romances and menages, I have sampled a few here and there, and I can see where the lure lies, especially when it comes to authors like Cari Quinn and JR Ward.
My favorite tropes include friends to lovers, unrequited love with anti-heroes in the mix, and old school romances where authors had the gumption to stick true to the times in which the stories took place, and gave the readers something to think about. Some of my favorite authors today include Anne Stuart (a master in the romance genre), JR Ward, and Elizabeth Hoyt.
I hope that my little world of fiction and romances over here would provide useful and sometimes entertaining information about books that I have read.
Happy reading everyone!