Hi, I’m Rachel!

If you’re wondering what the heck my username is, it’s pronounced PAH-chay, a-MORE-ay, LEE-bree.  Or just ‘peace, love, and books,’ if you prefer.  It’s Italian.

Here are the basics:

me hello
  • 26
  • Vermont
  • Book blogger
  • Cat enthusiast
  • Feminist
  • Works in book distribution
  • Netgalley member
  • Goodreads addict – feel free to add me there
  • B.A. in Italian Lit from Tulane University
  • Has lived in: New Orleans, San Diego, Bologna Italy.
  • Native English speaker; fluent-ish in Italian
  • Proficient in French, Spanish, Latin
  • Very basic German

I’ve been blogging since January 2017 and I’m having a blast.  I read across most genres, but mainly read adult/literary fiction, and my three main niche interests tend to be Greek mythology, Irish lit, and East Asian fiction.  All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise indicated.  All publication dates and publishers/imprints listed are U.S.-based unless otherwise indicated.

More book related interests:

cat friend #1 – percy
  • adult fiction
  • classics
  • literary fiction
  • mysteries/thrillers
  • horror
  • mythology
  • greek tragedies
  • feminism
  • nonfiction
  • historical fiction

Non-book related interests:

  • cats
  • tea
  • travel
  • tennis
  • theatre
  • bagels
  • feminism
  • vegetarianism

A few favorite books & plays:

cat friend #2 – lily
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Oedipus the King by Sophocles
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Interested in joining Book of the Month?  Feel free to use my referral link!


28 thoughts on “about

  1. Glad to see all of the classics on your list. I highly recommend Christopher Logue’s War music if you haven’t already read it.

    And sorry to be so pedantic, but peace, love and books should be pax, amor, libri (all in the nominatve case. You have the first two words in the ablative).

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  2. Hi Rachel I’m happy to meet you and follow your blog as for now 😉 We seem to share a love for languages! My mother language is French but I’m totally fluent in English and Dutch. I speak some Portuguese (used to be fluent a long time ago) and I understand most latin languages (Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Romanian…) as they share the same roots. Thanks to Dutch I can understand 70% of written German (against same roots). I used to have a cat but became allergic and I am now the proud owner of a dog (she is a real clown). Of course I love reading, blogging and bookstagram! I will now go and follow you on Instagram. Book of the month… If I have time why not 😉

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    • Hey, nice to meet you too! I love to meet another language lover! That’s so cool that you’re able to communicate in so many languages. I’m a native English speaker so I’ve had to rely on my high school and college classes for most of these – my Italian is definitely the strongest because I lived there for a year, but I sadly don’t get many excuses to practice it these days. German I’m attempting to self-teach, but I admit I’ve been lazy about it recently… it’s hard to juggle studying and reading! (I have no clue how some people manage to blog and go to school at the same time. I would have died.)

      That is very sad indeed about your cat allergy, but I’m happy you got a great dog out of it! I just followed you back on IG, your bookstagram is gorgeous! Time to check out your blog now 🙂


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