My name is Andi.
Welcome to Estella's Revenge! This is my blog. It was born in 2005. At first this blog was not about books. It was about my irritations with graduate school and life in general. There were many curse words. After I started my master's degree I started blogging largely about books, reading, and the literary life. I've kept that up ever since.
I'm also a single mom of a pre-schooler. You'll find that I often insert personal posts on this blog including topics like my own weight loss journey, cooking, "real food", homemaking, decorating, all things Pinterest, and all sorts of other domestically-oriented topics. And fashion. I have an unhealthy obsession with cocktail rings.
As of April 6, 2013, I'm also engaged!!! I'll marry my long-time friend and all-around great guy, David, in March 2014.
When it comes to books, I continually find myself in a position to advocate for freedom in blogging. There's a tendency for drama to pop up in the book blogging community about ARCs, the blogger/publisher relationship, and general issues of how we SHOULD blog. I say blog however you like. Read whatever you want, whenever you want. I am not a fan of the publishing industry's penchant for exerting influence upon bloggers. This seems to have improved to some degree with pitches becoming softer and more personal. I abandoned my review policy and the majority of blog tours and ARCs for a while. While I am accepting SOME of those now, I tend to go after the books I really want rather than accepting pitched books. I like reading without limits or deadlines. Case closed. So if a book -- even a review book -- doesn't work for me, I will post a negative review or no review at all. Free range reading!
I'm currently the Director of Public Relations for a Texas university. I'm also a professor of English (composition and literature) teaching online. I've been at home in higher education for 9 years and there's nowhere else I'd rather be!
...I'm REALLY hard to find online.