Hi, I’m Tamara.
A long time ago, in 2014, I had a book blog under the name ‘Tamaraniac.’ I wrote book reviews, and created recommendation lists of young adult novels, and took a lot of book pictures in my then twinkle-lighted bedroom. I worked for two independent bookstores (the lovely Red Balloon Bookshop and Subtext Books) writing shelf reviews, helping with order lists, working special events, and getting to meet many great authors.
Then, I went off to college at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I decided to study Computer Science. I still read as much as I could during breaks, and I still took pictures of those books for my instagram, but I essentially stopped writing book reviews. I took down my blog and replaced it with a professional site. I spent less time on social media, and I lost touch with the book world.
Next fall, I’ll be beginning my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I’ll be doing research in computing education: a field that seeks to understand topics such as how people learn computing, why they learn computing, and how we can help them learn and understand computing better. I’ll also be living a 5-minute walk from Ann Arbor’s independent bookstore, so it seems like the perfect time to reconnect with that community.
Until then, as best as I can tell, I’ll be getting to spend a lot of time reading all the books I’ve missed, and preparing to begin graduate school. On this (new) blog, I plan to write book reviews of whatever is engaging me at the moment: whether that be science fiction, non-fiction, or young adult. I also plan to chronicle my life as a graduate student, my research, and my thoughts about what is going on in the world of Computer Science. I admit that these might be strange interests to pair with each other, but I’m hoping they’ll work together just as well as they do in my new title: Programming and Pages.