the Bibliofile

Welcome to the Bibliofile! I'm Jenn. I like books, and I like people who like books. I live in the SF Bay area (in Oakland), and I spend my days hanging with a very cute, fluffy dog named Peanut.

I read all sorts of things, but mostly I'm driven by my curiosity. I'll sometimes slog through a hardcore literary novel just for the sake of being able to say I did it, but I'm at heart a pleasure reader. I read because it's fun.

The Bibliofile is a site for people who want to live their best literary life. I write reviews with the goal of helping the right books find the right readers. So, please enjoy, and happy reading!
Review Policy
Browse through the books to see what types of books I review. I read both ebooks or hardcopies, but I generally don't review self-published books.

If you have something you think would be good for the blog, feel free to reach out with a boilerplate description of the book. Please don't feel like you need to craft a personal message to me. Your time is valuable and should be spent writing! If it's something I'm interested in, I will follow up.
Partnerships and Affiliates
Advertising and Partnership (media kit) information can be found here.

I don't accept compensation in exchange for positive reviews. I do host various forms of other literary content (giveaways, author interviews, etc.) for books similar to those on The Bibliofile. For those requests, please reach out.

The Bibliofile is part of affiliate programs such as the Amazon Associates and Barnes and Noble affiliate programs. I also read and review books from Netgalley.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where did you get the template for your website?
I coded it by hand. If you have a specific question about how to achieve a certain effect, feel free to reach out and I'll try to help if I can.

Where do you get the images you use for the headers and on the site?
I design them in Photoshop. It usually consists of looking for the highest quality photos available of the book covers and then moving around the text to make the headers.

For some blog posts, you'll see some illustrations in the header images. I am not an artist, so these illustrations are generally purchased from Creative Market, and then I'll add text and other design elements in Photoshop.
Discussion and Replies


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  • scribeforlove February 14, 2018

    Bravo to you!

  • Pisaries Creator February 14, 2018

    what a great blog. i love it. i wish i had the drive to read as much as you do. all i really have time for is book recommendations and sparse at that. have a great rest of the week.

  • Pearl February 15, 2018

    It’s rare to find a reviewer who writes so well, and you write with so much depth about the books you’ve read. Unfortunately, I’m an indie author, so wouldn’t presume to ask you to look at my work. I will keep an eye on your work though. I have subscribed and will look forward to your next post. Oh, and btw I love your banner illustration.

  • Karlita February 15, 2018

    Following you here on your blog. I love it! Your site is amazing! :)

    • Jennifer Marie Lin February 15, 2018

      thank you! and thanks for dropping by!

    • Karlita February 15, 2018

      Anytime! :)) Will checking more of your blog. I’m sure I’ll find a book to read. :)

  • booksdogsandcats February 18, 2018

    Beautiful dog and amazing setting…..🐶

    • Jennifer Marie Lin February 18, 2018

      Haha, yeah she’s my pride and joy! Thanks for dropping by! :)

  • booklovinggrandma February 26, 2018

    You are my kind of person! I’m in the middle of reading three books simultaneously, including the subject of my post. Even though I “retired” because my position was eliminated, I go by the adage (which I might have made up): You can take the librarian out of the library, but you can’t take the library out of the librarian.” Keep reading.

    • Jennifer Marie Lin February 27, 2018

      Haha, that’s a good adage (made up or not!) — always glad to connect with fellow book lovers! Thanks for dropping by!

  • Dori Fritzinger February 28, 2018

    A fellow book junkie- cool

  • Plant Powered Buddhist March 2, 2018

    Certified bookworm here too! Happy reading :)

  • Lisl March 3, 2018

    Just read your review for _The Last Black Unicorn_ and I have to say I looove your style! I agree about memoir being partially made up, though as you say it has to do with faulty memory and that completely fabrications and lies are not cool. One of my lit classes was all about memoir and autobiography, the differences between them, study of memory and so on. That portion alone brought back some great memories of discussions we had in class.

    I also love your list of books read, partly because I have one that I’ve been trying to read (Biff) – nobody else ever heard of it it seems! – and you are so on the same page as me in terms of reading what I feel like reading of the multiple books I’ve got going at the same time. I think I have seven listed on Goodreads!

    Oh and your front page banner: loooooove it!!! (said in a sing song voice :P )

    Looking forward to reading much more, have a great day and stay warm! ~Lisl~

  • hippogriff April 5, 2018

    Hi Jenn,

    Thanks for stopping by my site! I’ll be adding you to my blogroll and I’m looking forward not only to catching up on what you’ve been posting about, but looking forward to new posts as well.


    Brian (Hippogriff)

    P.S. Peanut is adorable!

  • Paulie June 17, 2018

    I am a fellow Bay Area resident. As someone who loves books I expect to visit your site often

  • Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams June 24, 2018

    I only just found your blog completely by accident, but ohmygosh, it’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to read more of your posts, Jenn! <3

  • Bevel June 24, 2018

    Your page is awesome

  • Kristine August 19, 2018

    Just wanted to swoop by to let you know I love the design of your site! I 100% want to steal it.

    • Jennifer Marie Lin August 22, 2018

      Hi Kristine, thank you so much! Really appreciate you taking the time to let me know! :)

  • sappy508 August 26, 2018

    Loved your blog!!!!

  • charlesjli August 26, 2018

    Thank you for dropping by Jennifer! Great to have come across your blog. It looks amazing! :) Love the design you used and how you organized your site. Keep up the great work. Will follow and try to learn from how you write and how you organize your site :)

    • Jennifer Marie Lin August 26, 2018

      Thanks Charles! Really appreciate the thoughts — I liked your post on The Alchemist, I’ve been trying to read The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon in spanish but never thought about trying to write a review in spanish to get feedback! What a great idea! :)

  • ThoughtsBecomeWords September 3, 2018

    Brilliant! Would love to see some Australian authors on your list :)

    • Jennifer Marie Lin September 3, 2018

      Hi there — thanks for your feedback! I’ve never even considered whether or not I had any Australian authors before, but I will look into it! Please do let me know if you have any recs! Thank you!

  • ThoughtsBecomeWords September 4, 2018

    Thanks for replying! I love crime and enjoy Michael Robotham or Adrian McKinty’s work but if you are interest, I have just posted a Shelfie by Shelfie tag which ends with a long list of Australian authors

    • Jennifer Marie Lin September 4, 2018

      what a great list — thank you! I will check it out, I know Mark Zusak has a book coming out soon but I’m curious about the rest as well!

  • yasashiijapanese September 7, 2018

    Lovely blog! Would love to hear your thoughts on Jhumpa Lahiri’s books.

    • Jennifer Marie Lin September 8, 2018

      hmm I haven’t read anything of hers actually though the Interpreter of Maladies has gone on and off my TBR from time to time — I’ll definitely look into it though, thanks for the suggestion!

  • yasashiijapanese September 8, 2018

    I liked her “unaccustomed earth” better

  • Anonymous September 11, 2018

    I admire your attitude! So glad to meet you.

  • skyblueseagreen September 16, 2018

    Jennifer, you have a great blog here, and a talent for writing book reviews! Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be interested to see some more of your reviews.

    • Jennifer Marie Lin September 19, 2018

      Thank you! Really appreciate the kind comments! And thanks for reading!

  • Naiesha Kaunds September 23, 2018

    Hey Jen! Your blog is amazing. Love what you do here. So the next time I am looking for a new book to read, I sure know where to stop by!

  • Nancy October 4, 2018

    You’re a prolific reader, and it’s nice to meet another person who, as you said, …”have always been my way of escaping my little bubble and entering into another world. I’ve loved reading my entire life. ” Books are an escape for me, too, and it’s real nice to meet someone like you. I like your blog, and the pictures.

  • rebelvoiceblog October 19, 2018

    Great site design.

  • pedrol December 12, 2018

    dear Jenn, it was a pleasure to discover your blog and enthusiasm to books :) I also love to read and I just notice how impressive all the stories and novels you´ve read eheh happy readings, happy days, greetings from Lisbon, PedroL

  • Humans and other miracles of Los Angeles December 27, 2018

    Great! Nice to meet you :)