Hello, everyone! My name is Annabelle Song and I am the creator of this website. I am a seventeen-year-old high school senior currently in a dual enrollment program. This unique education enables me to do many things I would otherwise not be able to do. I structure my schedule to allow for plenty of reading, in addition to hours of practice on violin and piano. With this freedom also comes the ability to explore the many subjects that interest me. As a dual enrollment student at a community college, I am exposed to the many different viewpoints of those much older than I, and this broadens my perspective. Because I have so many interests, I read great variety of books, from nonfiction to sci-fi to fantasy; I even love reading textbooks. My favorite genres are historical fiction and nonfiction, especially biographies and history. However, I love any good read, and those are by no means limited to my favorite genres!
When I was in elementary school, I began to develop a voracious appetite for books. I loved reading and spent every minute of my free time flying through whatever books I could get my hands on. People knew me as the little girl that ate books for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As I grew older, books for children and teens no longer satisfied my appetite, and my mother decided to let me try a few books written for adults. She scoured the Internet for good books and carefully read reviews, flagging any material that might be too mature for me. Only when she was as sure as possible that the book was suitable in terms of difficulty and appropriateness would she give it to me to read. No matter how carefully she vetted these books, however, there were often very mature scenes that were definitely for adults’ eyes only. When I reported this to my mother, she would invariably snatch the book away faster than I could blink.
Now, the ideal thing for my mother to have done was to read every book before she gave it to me. However, it was impractical because, even at a young age, I could outread her four to one. Furthermore, I was an elementary school kid with plenty of free time and likely to grow bored without a book to put my nose in. As a result, I read quite a few things that perhaps should have been reserved for later years. Finally, my mother simply limited my book intake to only those written for children and young adults, and that was when I devoured a large number of classics. Nowadays, of course, I choose my own books, but I still intentionally avoid those containing excessively adult-themed content or unnecessary violence described in graphic detail.
After the first few of these experiences, my mother and I wished there was a place where we could find advice for young readers like myself. As more and more parents from my social circle began asking me to recommend books for their youngsters, I decided to create a website where I could post reviews of the books I read and alert my readers of any inappropriateness. And thus was Voracious Bookworms born.
I hope you find this website helpful. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me a message via the Contact page. I would love to hear from you!