About the Blog
I started Books Without Any Pictures back in 2011 because my friends were tired of me ranting about books in bars. I needed a way to channel my creative energies, and a book review blog seemed like a perfect fit. More than two years later, I’m still here, and reviewing books has become my passion.
My reviewing style has evolved over the years, but generally my goal is to take an informal approach to book reviewing. Most book reviews answer the question, “Does this book have literary merit?” My reviews answer the question, “Will I enjoy reading this book?”
For review requests, please see my Review Policy. You can also contact me at grace (dot) troxel (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any further questions, or leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
“and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?”
I grew up in a very small town in Western Pennsylvania. It had approximately 2,500 people, and no bookstores or coffee shops. Looking for a change of scene, I moved to Washington, DC for college. I received my BA in International Affairs and Russian Language and Literature from the George Washington University in 2010. I quickly became disillusioned by politics, and decided that libraries were a much better fit. I received my MSLS from Clarion University in 2013, and currently work as a digital librarian. I live in a small apartment that also resembles a library. I enjoy philosophy, tea, and shenanigans.