Novel Thoughts: A Brief History.
Novel Thoughts was started back in March 2010 by Jeremy West while in his 2nd semester of college. He grew bored with studying textbooks and started going to the local library to pick up some YA books that his brother Jeffrey had suggested. This was his first time of actually reading, what we all now know as, "Young Adult" fiction (besides Twilight, which he read before all the hype). He loved the books he read and decided that he should review them online like his friend, Travis, had been doing since they were in high school together. He started Novel Thoughts over on Tumblr where he posted a few reviews before moving over to Blogger in May. Jeffrey had planned on starting a review blog around the same time, but they decided it would be easier just to combine their efforts and work harder to make Novel Thoughts the best it could be.
Over the next few years, there was a lot of change. Jeremy and Jeffrey moved to New York City, and more bloggers joined Novel Thoughts until there was a whole host of writers reviewing books. There were adventures with books and publishers, and New York was taken by storm.
Now, there is even more change. In 2014, both Jeremy and Jeffrey got full time jobs at Scholastic, Jeffrey in Editorial and Jeremy in Publicity. In light of busy schedules and new jobs, they decided to pass on the blog to new hands. Charlee Vale took over as managing editor. We hope to continue to bring you excellent content long into the future!
Charlee Vale, Managing Editor/ReviewerCharlee is a the Young Adult editor at Riffle Books, a literary intern, bookseller, and team member at Red Creative Design. In addition to her bookish jobs, she currently works as a freelance graphic designer and book cover designer. When she's not reading and reviewing, she can be found doing fun photoshoots, binging on netflix, and hanging out with NYC book friends. You can find her at www.charleevale.com and on twitter @charleevale. Also, she loves tea.
Jeremy West, former Editor/Reviewer
Jeremy is the creator of Novel Thoughts. He lives in New York City with big dreams to be a graphic designer. He currently works as a publicity assistant at Scholastic as well as a freelance graphic designer for authors, publishers, and bloggers. You can check out some of his work on his website. Some of his favorite authors are: J.K. Rowling, John Green, David Levithan, Beth Revis, Cassandra Clare, Myra McEntire, Holly Black, Carrie Ryan, Kami Garcia, Margie Stohl, Lauren DeStefano, Victoria Schwab, and Rachel Hawkins (to name a few).
Jeffrey is a self-proclaimed Doctor Who fanatic! He is currently a student and desires to work in the film industry one day. He loves reading, listening to music, and watching movies. Some of his favorite authors are: J.K. Rowling, John Green, David Levithan, Neil Gaiman, Cassie Clare, Kami Garcia, Margie Stohl, Carrie Ryan, and Holly Black. He can also be found on his YouTube page, GingerBookNerd, where he hosts This Week In YA as well as posts video reviews.
There was a glorious time in Jennifer’s life when she was paid to read books. Sadly, she was eight then and no longer gets that deal from her mother. Then she got paid to schlep books around first Borders, then Barnes and Noble and did it for many years. She’s been around the book blogisphere for over 6 years and finally committed to reviewing for Novel Thoughts in January 2012 in order to inflict her opinions on others. Originally hailing from Texas, she’s recently moved to New York City to pursue publishing, she is now a publicity assistant at Penguin Children's. Feel free to watch her babble about books and bagels on Twitter at @JustlyJennifer.
Justina Ireland, Former Reviewer
Justina Ireland lives in a house made of books. At least that’s the excuse she gives when people trip over one. When she isn’t accidentally killing house guests with her TBR pile she writes books. Her first book, Vengeance Bound, is available now from Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. When she isn’t reading she enjoys eating, sleeping, and watching Judge Judy on her DVR. You can usually find her on Twitter @tehawesomersace.
Sarah Weiss, Former Young Adult Reviewer
Sarah is a native Brooklynite who is now living in Milwaukee, WI. She loves reading, writing, and is an avid lover of coffee. She enjoys writing book reviews and blogging about her daily musings… while drinking coffee of course. When not doing one of these three things, which is rare, she is most likely singing and maybe even attempting to dance.