Hi, I’m Mindy.  I blog about books and life in Minneapolis with my musician husband (Chad) and our five-year-old daughter (Ladybug–not her real name).  We are a secular family. We like music, art, and science.  I am a writer and a zinester. I was born with a limb deficiency. See Fake Arm 101 for more about that.

I’m a librarian by training, and I currently work in the book industry as a staff librarian at a book company.  My days are spent reading book reviews, sorting through sample books, and helping librarians choose books for their collections.  In the past, I have worked with teenagers at a public library.

I’ve been blogging about books in various incarnations since 2003 or so.  This is the latest version.

I primarily blog about family life, which for us includes books and music, but this is an eclectic space where just about anything can come up.  Enjoy.

I also have a photo blog.

Why “Proper Noun”?  Proper nouns are specific and unique.  Much like I try to be.  Also, I’m a bit of a language geek.


Email me:  lovelymindyreadermaid AT gmail DOT com

Some Cool Stuff I Have Done:

2002 – Co-organized a music festival

2005 - “Books Build Bridges” presentation at the Minnesota Education Media Organization conference

2006 – Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Award (Cybils) Panelist and organizer

2007 – Cybils Judge

2008 – “Read Around the World” presentation at the Minnesota Education Media Organization conference

2010 – “Booktalk Live” Presentation at the  Minnesota Education Media Organization conference w/ colleagues

2011 – Tabled at the Twin Cities Zinefest, contributed to the Zinefest How-to Encyclopedia

Published “Just Like You: Helping Young People Understand Disabilities Through Books” in Book Links Magazine

Appeared on Atheist Talk to share Books for Secular Families

Worked in the Alphabet Forest at the State Fair

2012 – Appeared on Atheist Talk to Discuss The Magic of Reality

Contributed a guest post to The Artful Parent: Four Picture Books to Inspire Your Young Artist

Contributed a guest post to The Blogunteer: Don’t Stare, Be Kind Instead

Contributed two guest posts to Parents Beyond Belief: Books for the Budding Skeptic and Gift Books for Secular Families

“Booktalk Live” Presentation at MEMO w/ colleagues

2013 – “Booktalk Live” Presentation at MEMO w/ colleagues

Tabled at the Twin Cities Zine Fest

Published “It’s okay to notice.  It’s okay to ask” in the Minnesota Women’s Press Magazine


This blog is not affiliated with my employer.  My opinions are my own.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Mindy! I enjoyed your blog post on Mothering.com about The Healthy Home. How did you come across this title? Just curious, I’m affiliated with the company founded by Dr. Wentz and love seeing this book get recognition all over North America. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. Hi Julie, II’m not sure exactly how I came across the book. I see a lot of books and a lot of publisher’s catalogs in the course of my work every day. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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