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Hi, I'm Tammy, and I'm here to share my love of books!

After being an avid reader for most of my childhood and early teen years, I spent close to two decades reading nothing more than an occasional magazine. In my early 30’s, I picked up a book at the recommendation of a friend, and I was hooked! I’ve read nearly every day since, mostly romance of all genres; and I enjoy being a part of the book community. I love to recommend and discuss my favorite books, and I’m always looking to discover up-and-coming and new-to-me authors.

When I’m not reading and writing book reviews, I work full time in Property Management. I’ve been married for over 28 years and I’m a mom to 3 boys. Aside from books, I enjoy listening to hard rock and heavy metal music, starting every day with a cup of coffee (or two), and hanging out on social media.

I'm glad that you're here! If you subscribe to my website, I promise that I won't be a pest. I honestly don't blog as often as I should! So, if you want all of my reviews and recommendations, be sure to follow me on IG @butfirstletsread and check out my FB page too.

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Year-End Wrap-up: My Top 20 Reads of 2022

It's (almost) a wrap! I've read 175 books so far this year and there have been so many AMAZING reads! It's been hard to narrow down my...

The Pieces Duet is Complete! Here's My Review of Pieces of Me

💙🧩 𝗣𝗜𝗘𝗖𝗘𝗦 𝗗𝗨𝗘𝗧 𝗜𝗦 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗟𝗘𝗧𝗘 🧩💙 𝗣𝗶𝗲𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗲 (𝗣𝗶𝗲𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗗𝘂𝗲𝘁, 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝟮) 𝗯𝘆 𝗝𝗮𝘆...

Pieces of You by Jay McLean is LIVE!! Check out my review!

💙🧩 𝗛𝗢𝗧 𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗥𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗘 🧩💙 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝗣𝗶𝗲𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗬𝗼𝘂, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘀𝘁𝘆, 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸...

May Wrap-Up! My Month in Reviews

It's hard to believe that it's June already! How does the saying go? Time flies when you're reading good books? I definitely read some...

Aly Stiles Has Done It Again with Crashing East: My Review

♪ 𝙃𝙊𝙏 𝙉𝙀𝙒 𝙍𝙀𝙇𝙀𝘼𝙎𝙀 ♪ 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐀𝐥𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄! 𝐃𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬...

Merry Christmas!

I would just like to take a moment away from all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday to say "Thank you" for your support. I'm so...

My Top 20 of 2020

While I think that we can all agree that 2020 has been one pretty crap-tastic year, there is one thing that 2020 has done right...BOOKS....

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