About Me

Hi! First, thanks so much for visiting Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf. I'm so glad you're here and I sincerely hope you're enjoying your visit!

Since you're on this page, I'm sure you would like to find out a bit more about me, and good for you- this is just the place to be for that kind of thing!(:

About Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf:

I started Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf in May of 2008 as a way to share my love of reading with others and to meet other readers. Thankfully, I found that the book blogging community is the perfect place to do such a thing.

From 2008-2013, Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf developed in some big ways. I developed content on this site in the form of reviews, giveaways, and interviews/guest blogs. The New York Times and other news publications as well as fellow bloggers have interviewed me (Check out the links below!). I have had quotes from my reviews appear in several books. From 2013-2017, I was on a hiatus due to college, but as of 2017, I'm attempting to return to the blogging community!

Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf started as a blog mainly dedicated to Young Adult books, but over the years, I've began to include New Adult and Adult fiction as well.

My reviewing style is quite simple. I give a brief summary in my own words, talk about the characters, plot, and writing, and then wrap everything up with a brief sentence or two and grade- nothing too fancy nor too simple.

Fun Facts about Me (updated June 2017) 
  • I currently live in Northeast PA (small town near the Poconos) but will be moving to the Allentown area in the fall. 
  • I'm turning 22 this August. 
  • I just graduated with my B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Business. 
  • I will be attending grad school in the fall! 
  • In my spare time, you'll probably find me at a spin class, hanging out with friends, or reading a good book. 
  • My favorite TV shows: Friends, Gilmore Girls, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Revenge, Raising Hope, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Criminal Minds  
  • My Favorite Authors: Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, Jennifer Echols, Abbi Glines, and many, many more! 
  • I’m a little shy at first but once I warm up, you can’t get me to stop talking. ;) 
  • I volunteered at my local library for five years, and this has a lot to do with my book obsession. 
  • I've had several part-time jobs: tutoring, lab assistant, library worker, but my most unique would have to be working in my family's floral shop during high school (some day I really want to write a YA book involving a flower shop!). 

Other Places Where You Can Find Me:

Interviews/guest blogs I've been featured in:

VOYA Article about Bloggers

Books I have been quoted in:

The Sapphire Talisman by Brenda Pandos (Finished Copy)
Front and Center by Catherine Murdock Gilbert (Paperback Version)
Love Story by Jennifer Echols (Finished copy)
Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham (UK Version on front cover and inside page as well as press release)
And Actually by Denise Deegan (Finished copy)
The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur (Paperback copy)
Rise by Stefne Miller (Finished Copy)
Love on the Edge: Going Too Far and Forget You by Jennifer Echols (Finished Copy) 
Finding Cherokee Brown by Siobhan Curham (finished copy)
Crumble by Fleur Phillips (Finished Copy) 


  1. Hi Lauren~so enjoyed reading your blog. What an attractive girl and loaded with talent. Hooray for you! Am definitely passing on this site to my grandson who is also an ardent reader.

    Your comments on "Pa" Ben were so loving and warm. He was a special man.

    Good luck with whatever you pursue. Camille

  2. i got my copy of Lost Saint today! Thank you!!!

  3. Lauren, I just wanted to let you know that, like Pa, I am always so proud of everything you do with your blog and your writing.

    Also, I still plan on moving in with you when you are rich and famous, so keep that in mind when you leave "small-town-Pennsylvania." :)

    Your Favorite Aunt (Amy)

  4. Hello Lauren,

    My English teacher first introduced me to your blog last year while I was still in highschool. It has taken me this long to finally find your blog again. (I could not for the life of me remember the title). I am greatly excited that your blog can help me decide on more things to read since I'm a lover of reading myself.

    Also, I know how the mountains of PA are. I'm from a tiny and boring town in NY. Good luck! I hope you can do as I did and break out of the area once you graduate! c:

    Best wishes,
    -- Vixen

  5. Lauren,
    I am new to your site and can't wait to explore all the different reviews.
    Before I decide to spend my money that i work so hard for, i like to look at some reviews for the book i'm about to buy. Numerous times i have read reviews that have been terribly deceiving, causing me to either waste my money, or pass up a really good read. So far, i've found your website to be fantastic. So i thank you for that!
    Also, i can't help but love the fact that you're a small-town PA sophomore bookworm like myself.
    So keep on reviewing, Lauren!


  6. Hi Sage! I'm so glad you found my website and are finding it to be fantastic. Hopefully you'll find some great book recommendations within its pages. And yay for fellow small-town PA bookworms! :)

  7. Hi Lauren.
    Wow, what a good blog. I really enjoyed reading it, and I think it's really good.

  8. Anonymous: Thanks so much! I'm SO GLAD you enjoy my blog, and I hope you continue to enjoy the content! :)

  9. THANK YOU! its so hard to find people who read alot! i'm in middle school, but im reading a early college level, so i cant find anyone who reads the same books! I favorited this blog.

    1. That's so awesome that you read on a college level! Go you! Hope you continue to enjoy my blog and find good books to read. :)

  10. I love your about me page. I am also a Junior in high school who loves to read. I read tons of your reviews the past year and loved them all. I also hope to be a publisher someday. Forensic science is an cool career choice.

  11. Hi Lauren I just what to say love your blog so much. I find it perfect and I wish my blog was somewhat like yours. Its great a blog I can't get enough of it :) A lot great books you post on here :)

  12. Hey! I'm in middle school and I also read in a college level!!! I also can't find anybody who reads like me, so wow!

  13. Nice to meet you Lauren and learn all about your blogging history. You have a lot of energy - that's great! Wishing you lots of success in school and with a future YA writing career!


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