I used to write under my real name, but then I didn’t get a whole bunch of jobs, and I blame this dumb website.

I’ve been writing here since 2011, but I’ve hidden most of my archives with the Ghost of Unemployment Past. (That was a Charles Dickens joke.)

I write about books. If you don’t like to read, this is not the website you are looking for. (That was a Star Wars joke. I don’t love Star Wars, but I live with a bunch of Star Wars loving boys, so I’ve pledged allegience and lifeblood to George Lucas so these boys will still talk to me.)

You can email me here: readingandchickens@gmail.com, or just leave a comment somewhere or other. Not on another site. I might not see it. But I probably will.




  1. says

    Hi Shalini,
    I’m so honored that you have a blog crush one me! And I’m excited to add your new blog to my list of “Things that keep me entertained during the work day!”

    I have always had a city crush on Seattle probably because I’m obsessed with listening to KEXP Seattle radio, but your rain comment scares me.


  2. Shalini Patil says

    Hi Shalini,

    My name is Shalini too. I came across your blog through BabyCenter blog. Just wanted to let you know that’Shalini’ is an Indian name not Norwegian! :-)


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  3. Christine says

    Wow I loved this book (Lost and Found)….and was sooooooo disappointed when I went to Amazon to get more books from you…and…there weren’t any! lol….I can’t wait for another:)

  4. says

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