About WildlyRead

WildlyRead began back in 2009 on Blogger. I was working as the Children’s Department Manager for The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and wanted a larger platform through which to interact with the great wide reading world out there. Because apparently talking to other booksellers and customers all day long wasn’t enough.

I called my blog WildlyRead, because while I do read a wide range of topics, subjects, genres, styles, etc. etc. etc., I don’t want to claim actually being “widely read”. There are hundreds of classics out there I haven’t gotten to, and I’m a little light on the entire category of non-fiction. I am, however, WILDLY read, as I try to devour over 100 books a year, often reading several at the same time.

Other the years, WildlyRead moved to a WordPress platform, and is now part of the larger WildlyLived online home for my book blogging, travel blogging, photography, arts & crafts, and other creative pursuits. WildlyLived is the hub for WildlyMade (cooking, photography, cards, books, and other hand-made/created items), WildlyRead (book blogging), and WildlyTraveled (travel blogging). It sounds like a lot, but really, I just like to be organized.


Visiting the Puhoi Town Library on the North Island in New Zealand

So who’s actually writing this? My name is BrocheAroe (pronounced, vaguely, bruh-khuh a-roy), a portmanteau of my tribal names: Broche, meaning blessing/blessed from the Hebrew of my Levite Tribe, and Aroe, meaning spirit from the Bororo of my Aroroe Tribe in Brazil. I grew up traveling the world with my Anthropologist parents, and consequently feel comfortable in city, town, or country, connecting with all types of people. I’m a bookaholic, with undergraduate degrees in English and Anthropology, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing Literature for Children. I’ve worked in a museum library, a corporate bookstore (only once! #IndiesFirst), numerous independent bookstores, two publishing companies, and as an English teacher.

Currently, I’m a children’s bookseller, frontline bookseller (meaning adult books, too), and Publicity Assistant at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC. I also continue to take on independent clients as I began my own consulting business in 2013, doing business and marketing development. Any extra time I have is spent working on my picture book manuscript, my young adult manuscript, and my first adult novel (with the occasional freelance writing gig on the side). Ultimately, I work hard to improve communication, foster cross-cultural exchange, and build community in both my personal and professional lives.

You can find me on Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram, and can reach me at wildlyread(at)gmail(dot)com.



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Car book! We always keep a non-fiction book in the car to read on the way to the grocery or if we get stuck in a traffic jam or if we find a park somewhere. Our current book is SUDDEN SEA: THE GREAT HURRICANE OF 1938 by R.A. Scotti. She writes surprisingly lyrically about a hellish event that took the inhabitants of the NE coast almost entirely by surprise, despite the awareness of some officials. Fascinating in the wake of Hurricanes Irma & Maria.
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Gorgeous illustrations pop with foil pieces that highlight the words of this simple book, perfect for even the youngest reader. The sweetly lyrical text leads the reader from one - a tree - to many - the forest - and beyond, with each turn of the page showing more and more complex scenes through fall, winter, spring, summer, country, city, morning, and night, until we reach the end where the whole world is shining. I immediately wanted to read it again. For all ages, but especially 1-3-year-olds.
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Does not disappoint! Another solid read in the In Death series by JD Robb. I've been reading this series since 2013, since before she came out as Nora Roberts, and I keep expecting the next book and then the next book and then the next book to dip in terms of quality of style and content and originality, but it just doesn't (thank goodness!). In #46, Dark in Death, JD ROBB almost makes a play on her own life in ways, as Eve is after a murderer who finds inspiration in a specific author's murder mysteries. Robb literally pays homage to the master of the meta, Hitchcock, with mentions of Psycho and Dial M for Murder, and I'm pretty sure the author she describes is modeled after Robb herself (physically). The plot is pretty tight and focused, but we still get glimpses of Peabody & McNab; Leonardo, Mavis, & Bella; Somerset is still off on holiday; and there is just a peek at the growing romantic interest in Nadine's life, as well as a preview of Nadine's next best-seller based on Eve's police work. I'm looking forward to a future book of Robb's that I'm sure will go into further detail either about Nadine's upcoming Oscar nomination for the first book/movie or the publication and what I'm sure will be subsequent movie of the second book. Enjoy!

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