About me

Hello, I’m Layla.

I’ve been reading books ever since I learned how. Since 2013 I’ve been tracking and ranking my fiction reading and producing Layla’s Review of Books at the end of every year. I hope you find some reading inspiration in my summaries and rankings.

Why is this website called ‘Reading Shoes’? I always loved Noel Streatfeild as a child (and indeed as an adult). I devoured her books passionately. But I also lamented that amidst all the talents her various characters possessed, my own ‘talent’, reading, was never celebrated. I loved ‘Ballet Shoes’. I adored ‘White Boots’ (‘Skating Shoes’ in the US). But where was ‘Reading Shoes’? That was the book I wanted to read! This blog is named in its honour.

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