This page was updated on February 16, 2013.
My name is Katie Fitzgerald. I'm in my early 30's, and I'm the children's librarian at a busy urban branch library in the DC Metro area. I'm originally from upstate New York, but relocated in November 2010. I have always loved children's books, and I read them for fun, as well as for professional reasons. Though I haven't had the guts to do any real writing in a long time, I also aspire to write for children and/or teens. Outside of my bookish life, I'm married to a fellow librarian and I like listening to Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and the Indigo Girls, watching The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, and Parks and Recreation, and when I have time, writing in a journal.
About This Blog
Secrets & Sharing Soda is a book blog I started in January 2011. It serves as an archive of what I have read, and also as a source of information for parents, teachers, families, and other librarians. In this blog, I post book reviews, themed book lists, and occasional random thoughts on books and reading. As of January 2012, my main focus is on middle grade and YA realistic fiction, including contemporary romance. I also maintain a story time blog at Story Time Secrets, where I post about the books I read at story time each week. Beginning in January 2012, I began posting occasional picture book reviews at Story Time Secrets as well.
In 2013, I am updating the blog four days a week. Sundays are devoted to older titles published before the year 2000. On Mondays, I always post about a middle grade title, and on Wednesdays, it is usually (but not always) a YA title. Fridays are reserved for easy readers and chapter books.
The title of this blog is taken from a Joni Mitchell song, called "Conversation," which appears on her 1970 album, Ladies of the Canyon.
Secrets and sharing soda
That's how our time began
Love is a story told to a friend
It's second hand
Though the song doesn't have much to do with books, or with children, I think the phrase "Secrets and Sharing Soda" evokes a certain childhood innocence. Many of the books I like to read are about young friendship, and when I hear this line, I think of little girls whispering to one another on the walk home from school, or sharing a Coke on the front steps on a hot summer day.
To listen to "Conversation," click here.