About Me

I'm back from an extended leave of absence from book blogging.  I didn't quit reading, though.  I'll try to add as many reviews of the books I read during my down time as I can.  It may take me awhile to get back into the swing of things, but I hope to meet and make friends with other bloggers and writers!

My name is Maria.  I've been reading since before I went to pre-school.  I have an older brother and my mother was helping him read, so I demanded she teach me as well.  I still remember having a really hard time with the word "the."  Ever since, I have been an avid reader.  I won the coveted Bookworm Award for reading the most books in second grade!

I've always been a daydreamer.  I love a good story and books bring me into new worlds with new ideas to dream about.  That's why I named my blog To Read, Perchance to Dream.   In books, I find new friends, family, enemies, excitement, joy, sadness - sometimes all in one chapter!

I'm very eclectic, so I read books in a myriad of genres.  My favorite is scifi/fantasy.  My all-time favorite author is David Eddings.  Some friends in college introduced me to his series, the Belgariad and I was hooked.  But there are so many more authors I love in other genres:  James Patterson, Nora Roberts, John Grisham, Janet Evanovich, Patricia Briggs, and on and on!  I see new authors I'm dying to try in other book review blogs.  I wish I could quit my job and just read, read read!

Ah yes, my job.  I read there, too.  I work for an environmental consulting company as an Office Manager and Technical Editor.  That's my no-fun reading, but I have to make money to buy more books!

I'm single, no children, live with my parents and 9 cats.  I enjoy watching TV/movies, baking, cooking, crocheting, walking, and taking naps.  I have another blog about weight loss, Maria's Musings and Weight Loss where I share the joys of food deprivation.

The best way to contact me is to email me

Email Maria @ mariamusings@gmail.com

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I love meeting authors and publishers and making new friends who are neither!  So say hi!


  1. Hi Maria.
    David Eddings is one of my favourite authors too. However, I didn't get on with his later stuff. I tried reading Polgara the Sorceress at least twice but just couldn't get on with it. How did you find it? Your blog is beautiful by the way. Where did you find the background animation? I found you on bookblogs and am now following. If you'd like to check out my blog its at http:\\elizabethbaxter.blogspot.com

  2. Hi Liz, thanks for dropping by! I did have trouble getting into Polgara, but in the end I liked it.

    I've just had my blog redone by Parajunkee at http://www.parajunkeedesign.com/!

    I'll be stopping by your blog soon!