Welcome, readers young and old, wherever you are, to The Fuma Files. What exactly do I hope this website/blog to be and who am I? Allow me to explain and to introduce myself.


Let it be known and incredibly clear that any and all thoughts posted on this blog are my personal opinions and in no way, shape, or form represent or reflect those of my employer. My employer will actually remain nameless so as to further emphasize the fact that anything written here is purely my own thoughts and feelings.

Who are you? Well, my name is Monica Fumarolo (known as Moni or Fuma to my friends and Miss Fuma to my students) and above all else, I am a life long lover of books and stories. Despite the fact that we are living in a highly digital age, I strongly believe that books, whether read in traditional print or on an e-reader, have an incredible power to build communities and connect people of all ages, from all walks of life, and even across time periods.

So what makes you think you know anything about books? My more professional credentials are as follows: I received my B.A. in English with a minor in Secondary School Teaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I was a student in U of I's Graduate School of Library and Information Science where I completed my master's degree. I am a certified teacher in the state of Illinois for grades 6 thru 12, and I currently work as the Assistant Librarian in a high school library in the Chicago suburbs. I love what I do - getting to work with books and students at such an interesting and often dynamic age in their lives is a dream come true. I'm also an writer and aspiring author with multiple manuscripts under my belt but nothing published yet. If you're interested in my adventures in writing, I suggest you check out my other blog here.

What's the point of this whole thing anyway? I'm going to assume you're not referring to the infinite wonders of the universe, but rather just this blog. It is my hope that this blog will become a place for me and others to voice their thoughts on the books they're reading and themes, issues, concerns about the world of books. I tend to post a book review once a week (Sundays) and reviews of short stories from anthologies/collections on Saturdays. I'm extremely flexible about this project, and I'm always hoping to hear what others have to say. I know that other sites exist for reviews (I myself have a Goodreads account which I thoroughly enjoy and utilize) I wanted to have a place to expand on ideas and make connections, focus on broader pictures or barely noticeable details.

Are you excited to be here? Oh heck yes, you better believe it! I wouldn't have started this up if I weren't. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, I hope you decide to stick around. Books have an amazing tendency to bring out sides of people we may not have otherwise known about ourselves and can lead to amazing discussions. May the talking begin...

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