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Welcome to MandyBoles.com. This blog was once known as The Well-Read Wife and contains all of the old archives from WellReadWife.com. I primarily blog about books. I’m not accepting books for review currently. My TBR stack is huge due to my accidentally deleting WellReadWife.com. It’s going to take a couple of weeks to get back to a regular posting schedule while I work on the site design and fix broken links in the archives. Keep checking back. Big changes are coming up!

My name is Mandy Boles. I am a freelance writer, and I review books in my spare time. My work has been seen on websites like BlogHer  and Blissfully Domestic as well as in print publications like RT Book Reviews magazine. I was a speaker at BEA Bloggers ’12 on Creating Community and Driving Engagement and a Community Leader for the parenting niche at Blissdom ’12. I was recently chosen as a BlogHer ’12 Voices of The Year Honoree for the Identity category for this post. I recently founded Mandy’s Blogger Book Club. You can follow me on Twitter, “Like” me on Facebook, follow me on Pinterest, and friend me on Goodreads.


Welcome to MandyBoles.com. My name is Mandy. I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with my husband Nate and my two sons, British and Bruce. I LOVE to read! In my spare time I also enjoy knitting, watching television, and working feverishly to instill a love of reading in my sons. I also love net casting and crabbing on my pier (we live on the water).


I have loved to read as far back as I can remember. As a toddler, I loved it when my mom and dad would read books like The Runaway Bunny to me. The Summer before first grade I took part in a Summer reading program at the local library. As part of the program, I had to keep a record of how many books I read. That Summer I read over 300 books. Later on, in the fourth grade I would begin to read classics like The Good Earth. By high school, I was an out of control book snob carrying around copies of books like Less Than Zero and Generation X. Because, you know, they are so deep man… *cringe*

As I have gotten older, my reading preferences have changed. For instance, I read a lot more young adult novels now than I ever did as a junior high or high school student. I am also more open to authors of all genres. I love paranormal story lines of all types. I read numerous series in the paranormal, mystery, and romance genres. However, I still love to read the classics and new literary fiction as well.

My undergraduate degree is in English Education. After teaching middle school level grammar and writing for a few years, I quit teaching to become a stay at home mom. I love being a SAHM, but I look forward to devoting more of my time to writing about the literature that I love so much (and possibly some that I don’t love).

I started this site to share my thoughts on everything literature-related. Sometimes I write book reviews. Sometimes, I write about how books have affected my life. Sometimes, I write about gadgets that make reading easier (i.e. Kindle, Nook, etc.). Basically, if it has anything to do with books or reading, I’m going to write about it!

I Also Freelance

My work has appeared on Thought Catalog, BlogHer, and Blissfully Domestic. I also occasionally contribute reviews to the print and online publication RT Book Reviews.

Contact Information

I am not currently accepting ARCs for review.  Please see my review policy page for more information before sending books. Feel free to contact me via email or snail mail. And, for the love of God, please follow me on Twitter!

email: wellreadwife@gmail.com

mailing address: The Well-Read Wife, 45 Hardy Court #231, Gulfport, MS 39507

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MandyBBoles

FYI AKA Shout Outs

Megan Jordan of Velveteenmind.com is my blog consultant and web guru in general, and Alli Worthington is an equally awesome web guru and consultant who assists me as well. The photo used in my header was taken by the lovely Vania Stoyanova of VLC Productions.