THE BOOK RADAR TEAM: Luisa | Tarah | Shannon | Cate
Cate- Contributing Blogger

Hello! Cate here! I am a wish-to-be literary genius who reads probably just a bit too much. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to read, and don't foresee myself not loving it anytime in the future. I’m going to tell you just a bit about myself and the books I love, so that you can know whether to trust me or not when I say a book is amazing or just so-so.

First of all, I love fiction. It’s all I read for year and years. I wouldn’t touch nonfiction except for school and only read stories made up inside someone’s head in my free time. All that dipping into hundreds of literary pools of books has made me very opinionated about the ones I like and dislike. Snobby? You could say so. But I like to think that I keep a pretty open mind. I like fantasy, I love mystery (Agatha Christie, a cup of tea, and I all know each other well), classics (My copy of Emma is barely held together by the binding), satire, and books that don’t have much of a plot but have wonderful, heartwarming people and stories that stick with you the rest of your life are the very best. (In my opinion, Anne of Green Gables is pretty much the perfect book).

Nonfiction, history, and biographies are only a recent love. I hadn't read any that were worth remembering until about a year ago when my good friend, Tarah, convinced me to read The Wright Brothers by David McCullough with her. That’s a decision I have never regretted. Wilbur Wright is now among the best of my literary friends, and after finishing the book about him, I realized that he was not a one of a kind phenomenon. Joe Rantz from Boys in the Boat is my hero, John Adams and I are now on a first name basis, and the Brooklyn Bridge might just be the coolest structure on earth.

I’m always curious for the next book to come my way. Those books aren't always new though. As someone once said, “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” I reread to the extreme, and as that is the case, I’ll have to join another person, Lemony Snicket, in saying, “It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.” That statement is far too accurate for its own good. I am always looking for books to delve into, always finding them, and always adding them to my never-ending list.

When Luisa told me about the book editing business she was thinking about launching, thepossibilities seemed endless. There were so many places she could go with it. I am a conscientious reader, and care whether the books I read are clean or not. I cannot tell you how many times I have wished to pursue certain books, but the content rendered them unreadable. I am so excited about this business idea, and thrilled that I get to be a part of it.

So thanks for stopping by! And hooray for reading! May you always have a good, clean, book at your fingertips, just waiting to be opened.