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I’m Jessica, the 15-year-old blogger behind Bookish Serendipity. I live in Canada, where winters are much longer than they should be, with my family and dog. I started Bookish Serendipity more than 2 years ago, and my little corner of the Internet is still thriving today! I’m awful at writing About pages, but here are a few fun things you should know about me:

1. I love books

You’re probably thinking, “Wow, really? I totally didn’t know that at all!” Glad to have cleared that up for you. I’m ridiculously enthusiastic about books, literature, and reading. I honestly think there is nothing like curling up with a good book. Some of my absolute favorite books are:

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (this series is so good!!!)
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

…and so many other books. I read dozens and dozens of books a year and review so many of them on Bookish Serendipity, and on my Goodreads account. While I read principally YA fiction, I also like picking up the occasional middle grade novel, and I’m always willing to try new things when it comes to reading. I hope you find a new book or two from my posts! As you can probably tell, fantasy is definitely my favorite genre (but no, I haven’t read Harry Potter–yet!) and I’m always looking for new recs.

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2. I run an Etsy shop!

Yep, it’s true! I create bookish jewelry and more based on awesome YA books at my Etsy store, Bookish Serendipity Co. You can pop over and check that out here

3. I’m pretty much always working on something new

I can’t keep still–I always need a new project to work on. I’ve done everything from starting this blog, to creating jewelry for my Etsy shop, to volunteering, to running a book donating project for charity (learn more about Operation Every Child here), to writing for magazines, and more. I’m perpetually energetic and sarcastic, and always, always, ALWAYS looking to try something new.

I also like helping out other people! If you have a question about anything at all, get in touch with me and I’d be happy to help (or you know, just fangirl about Throne of Glass). You can email me at contact [at] bookishserendipity [dot] com.

Want a conversation starter? I’m pretty much guaranteed to be interested in any of the following

  • Pizza and chocolate (Do you think that ham, pineapple and onion pizza should be a thing? Me neither)
  • YA books (I’m always looking for new book recs, especially fantasy!)
  • Once Upon A Time or Supergirl (these shows are amazingggg)
  • Skiing and skating (basically all winter sports. I do live in Canada, after all!)
  • Etsy (I’m 100% obsessed with this site. What are your fave Etsy shops?)

51 Comments on About Me

  1. Mary
    May 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! This site is amazing! I love the useful tips. Thanks for blogging, Sam!!!!!!!!!!!

    – A lonely young writer named Mary

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  2. Shelby
    December 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    This blog is amazing! I’m a language arts teacher and am so happy to see teens and tweens like you interested in writing. You seem so focused and very knowledgeable on the topics you discuss here. You’re obviously a great researcher – skills that will serve you well on your journey as a writer. Wishing you all the best!

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    • Sam
      January 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Shelby!

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  3. Danika Dinsmore
    January 9, 2014 at 4:38 am (3 years ago)

    I’m definitely not a tween, although most would say I still act like one. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Sam. I’m with you. I teach creative writing to all ages and some people would be amazed by what my younger students are capable of writing. I prefer working with younger students anyway, because of their openness and vivid imaginations. And tweens are a great audience to write for because of their enthusiasm.

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    • Sam
      January 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm (3 years ago)

      🙂

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  4. Chloe Berrysmith
    February 1, 2014 at 12:42 am (3 years ago)

    This is so cool, Sam! I love this blog. Any chance you could make it so that other people could post, too? I’m working on a novel and would like feedback from others, possibly through your website. I’ve tried FictionPress, but it’s much too adult-ish.
    Thanks!
    <3 Chloe

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    • Sam
      February 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Chloe!
      I’m so glad you like YWC. I don’t post the work of others on my blog but I can point you to several communities intended for teen writers. First, I recommend looking at the website Figment. There’s also Young Writers Online and from one of my favorite blogs for teen writers, there is a private Facebook group called Go Teen Writers.
      Locally, if you attend some classes for teen writers, you may find that other teens are willing to read your work and critique it. Good luck!

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  5. Chloe Berrysmith
    February 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks, Sam! I’ll keep checking your blog. (I get email updates.)
    Chloe

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  6. Chloe Berrysmith
    February 2, 2014 at 4:22 pm (3 years ago)

    So, I checked out Figment and Young Writers Online (I don’t have a Facebook account)and both seem interesting. I’ve encountered one dilemma: I like Figment better, but you have to be thirteen to join. I’m twelve. Do you think I should join anyway, since my birthday is in October? Or should I wait, or join Young Writers Online?
    I was also wondering if you could do a post comparing and contrasting online websites to submit writing to, like Figment and Young Writers Online, so other young writers (like me and Mary–hi Mary!) have some sort of idea about which one is better for them.
    Thanks bunches and hugs!
    <3 Chloe

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    • Sam
      February 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Chloe!
      From what I’ve seen, Young Writers Online is more for writing questions and advice than for posting your work. For Figment, I think you should show the site to your parents and ask if they think it is appropriate. I think that’s a great idea to do a post on it. I’ll let you know if/when I do. Good luck!

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  7. Chloe Berrysmith
    February 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks Sam. I’ll ask. Hope you do the post! 🙂

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  8. Chloe Berrysmith
    February 3, 2014 at 2:38 am (3 years ago)

    Sam- I started a blog kind of like yours and I want to know how to get it up and running with people actually reading it, like yours. Any tips?
    -Chloe

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    • Sam
      February 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm (3 years ago)

      I started my blog in April and I think I received approximately 4 page views in that entire month. I’m doing better now. I think the best thing to do is to blog regularly (at least once a week, preferably more) and comment on blogs that are similar to yours. Include your blog address in the comment. I think I’m getting more views because I do this frequently on the website Go Teen Writers. Good luck!

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  9. chaloopa13
    February 4, 2014 at 4:00 am (3 years ago)

    Thanks! I’ll start right away.

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  10. chaloopa13
    February 4, 2014 at 4:01 am (3 years ago)

    BTW, chaloopa13 is me, Chloe.

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  11. Chloe Berrysmith
    March 6, 2014 at 1:42 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Sam. I have to say I’ve been a bit busy lately and haven’t had the time to read and comment on your blog. I like your post about non-fiction; it makes it sound a lot more likeable, although (and I’m very sorry) I will most likely never write non-fiction. To me it is boring, boring, and, oh yeah, boring.
    I like your website a lot and find it very informative, but you call it Young Writers Café, which to me implies that you are a young writer and this website is about writing. To get to my point, I think you should add some of your own stories/pieces/articles.
    Please put my request into consideration. Keep on having a totally cool blog!
    -Chloe

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    • Sam
      March 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Chloe,
      I will have to think about putting up short excerpts but lately, I am in a writing slump and I am reading a lot if ARCs that I have already promised to review. I also write for a couple mags and I can’t exactly post that content. I will have to think about it though!

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  12. Stephen
    March 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Samantha,

    Just wanted to let you know this blog is amazing! I love the thoughtful reviews as well as the writing tidbits. All in all very well put.(and much appreciated) Look forward to seeing what you come up with in the passing weeks, months, or whatnot.:)

    God Bless,

    Stephen

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    • Sam
      March 6, 2014 at 8:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you!

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  13. Kate Hannigan
    April 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Your blog is so great. I wish I had something like it when I was in middle-school!

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    • Sam
      April 17, 2014 at 12:22 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Kate! 🙂

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  14. Gabriella
    May 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank u for your amazing blog Sam!

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  15. Cait @ Notebook Sisters
    June 8, 2014 at 5:06 am (3 years ago)

    Oh, lol, I just commented and I didn’t realise you’d moved!! >.< I was like, "I feel like I know this person but I can't place the blog". DUH MOMENT TO ME. x) I like the new look, btw.
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    • Samantha
      June 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Cait! The design is a work-in-progress, but I’m glad you like it!

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    • Samantha
      September 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Of course, Chloe! When I get back from school, we can get started. So you just want an image, or do you also want the box with html/ internet code below for people to copy-and-paste into their own sidebars?

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        • Samantha
          September 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm (3 years ago)

          Okay, will get started now.

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        • Samantha
          September 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm (3 years ago)

          Hi Chloe! I pasted the code below. Just go to your dashboard >Appearance >Widgets and find the text widget, then paste the code. First, though, replace all the [ symbols with < symbol and the ] symbol with > symbol. Let me know if there are any questions, or if the code isn’t working.

          [center][a href=”http://freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com/” target=”_blank” title=”freeasagirlwithwings”][img alt=”freeasagirlwithwings” src=”http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/69/c0/23/69c023a8827779e6a5a220cd6001881f.jpg”/][/a][center]
          [/center]
          [center][textarea id=”code-source” rows=”3″ name=”code-source”][center][a href=http://freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com/ rel=”nofollow”][img border=”0″ src=”http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/69/c0/23/69c023a8827779e6a5a220cd6001881f.jpg”/][/a][/center][/textarea][/center]

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    • Samantha
      September 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Okay. I think I have it fixed now. All of the front brackets [ will need to be replaced with < and all of the back brackets ] will need to be replaced with > . Make sure that you’ve done this for every one of them, and then you should be good. I just tested it on my sidebar and it worked.

      [center][a href=”http://freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com/” target=”_blank” title=”freeasagirlwithwings”][img alt=”freeasagirlwithwings” src=”http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/69/c0/23/69c023a8827779e6a5a220cd6001881f.jpg”/][/a][center]
      [/center]
      [center][textarea id=”code-source” rows=”3″ name=”code-source”][center][a href=”http://freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com/”][img border=”0″ src=”http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/69/c0/23/69c023a8827779e6a5a220cd6001881f.jpg”/][/a][/center][/textarea][/center]

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      • chloe_@freeasagirlwithwings
        September 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm (3 years ago)

        I think it maybe worked. Try adding it to your blog and see if it works. Just put it on a page or something.
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        • Samantha
          September 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm (3 years ago)

          Hmm…okay, still not right. I will put the button on my bottom sidebar for all of today, so you can see how it is supposed to look. Did you replace all the brackets?

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    • Samantha
      September 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm (3 years ago)

      lol, Just copy the text from the sidebar widget into your text bar.

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        • Samantha
          September 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm (3 years ago)

          Did you just copy the text from the box directly into your text widget?

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    • Jessica
      February 2, 2016 at 5:04 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you!!

      Reply

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