About Me


I'm Jo, a.k.a. Pepca (pronounced /peptsa/), as nicknamed by my cousins when I was little; it's an old-fashioned variant of my name, a Slovene version of Josephine.

A 30-something avid reader, book blogger, writer who sings in the safety of a choir and tends to get too invested in a TV show or two.

I've been in love with reading ever since my late grandma taught me to read. Although my reading tastes are eclectic, my favourite genres are fantasy, historical fiction, historical and paranormal romance, romance, and any combination of these.

You can contact me via beyondstrangenewwords@gmail.com or the social media listed in my sidebar. If you would like to request a review, please see  my Review Policy beforehand.

Anything else?

English is my second language, but I have a BA in English and I used to work as an English teacher.

I love chocolate.

Cats make my heart melt.

And this describes me pretty well:

You are Anne Elliot of Persuasion! Let's face it; you're easily persuaded, particularly when friends and relatives try to use "the Elliot way" against you. But this doesn't mean that you don't have conviction. Actually, your sense of duty is overwhelming. And though you won't stick your neck out too often, you have learned to speak up when it counts. To boot, you know how to handle sticky situations. You love deeply and constantly.