About

Hello, and thank you for stopping by!

My name is Liz and I created this website as a way of exploring and sharing my love of books, language, inspirational quotations, and the written word in general.

Whether you choose to connect with people through internet forums, social networking sites, email, phone, or literary writings, it is the words you use that have an impact on the reader.  Words are beautiful, and powerful, and I believe everyone needs to use them wisely, properly, and with compassion.  In a modern age of constant technological change and ‘improvement’ I am of the belief that books are still the most precious and life-changing of gifts.

On this site you will find blog posts about anything and everything under the umbrella of books and language, including book reviews, news, language learning, quotations and much more!

You will also soon be able to shop for my handmade literary-inspired creations, such as bookmarks and jewellery.

If you wish to contact me for any reason, please don’t hesitate to email me at theliteraryowl@gmail.com or connect through twitter or facebook. 🙂

About Me

I am British by birth and a gypsy by nature.  Born and raised in Chester, I have spent most of my adult life in Birmingham (England, not Alabama), plus a year living in South Korea teaching English.  When I started this blog I was living in New Zealand, where I was enjoying a working holiday with my (now) husband, attempting to concentrate more on the ‘holiday’ and less on the ‘work’.  I am now back in the UK for the foreseeable future.

My love of books started at a young age, from my mom reading to me and encouraging me to read widely and voraciously.  I spent as much time as I could at the local library, which has probably contributed to my pale skin and general sensitivity to the sun!  Whatever else has happened in my life, I have always read extensively and still consider the library to be my second home.   To find out more about my taste in books, please visit the Book Reviews page.

One of my other big passions in life is travel.  I have travelled around the world, but there are still so many countries I want to visit, and others I want to re-visit.

Some random facts about me:

I collect quotations, and Ava Gardner memorabilia.

I think I was born in the wrong era, and should be hanging out with the Rat Pack in 1950s Hollywood.

I became vegetarian when I was 8, and became vegan in 2011, which is the best decision I have ever made.  Animal cruelty makes me very angry.

I love Korean and Japanese stationery, especially writing paper.  Handwritten letters are a lost art, which I’m determined to help resurrect.

I agree with Sylvia Plath, that “there must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them”.

I am addicted to Korean movies and drama series.

I believe in fairies.

I get agitated when people don’t justify their paragraphs.

I am one of the clumsiest people I know.  Whilst making a cup of tea during a break from writing this page, I managed to fall over, smack my head on a cupboard, and trap my thumb in a drawer.

I can’t forgive people who mix up you’re and your; and/or their, they’re and there.

I think that daydreaming, and the art of doing absolutely nothing are completely underrated.

I can’t get through a day without looking at pictures of cute baby animals.

I am very tall, a fact that random strangers feel the need to remind me of at regular intervals.

I can be very over-emotional, especially when watching tear-jerking movies.  The ones I’ve cried most over are Hachi and Korean film, A Moment to Remember.

I am a news junkie, and love watching Al Jazeera English, which, in my opinion, is the only news channel that truly understands what world news is.

A fortune teller in South Korea told me that my future happiness was in Asia.  I think she may well be right, but the UK is good for a little while longer 🙂

I love lists and am a typical virgo.

A few of my favourite things

If you would like to know anything else about me or this website, please don’t hesitate to make contact 🙂

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  1. Pingback: Back to blogging | The Literary Owl

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