I firmly believe that we need well-educated, well-spoken, well-read women. I would love to be a part of your ongoing journey to be one of these women, and for you to be a part of mine.

I’m Savanah Lowder, the writer here at Off-Color Literature.

I have tendencies that lean toward loutish; obscene; indecent. My love of books is followed by my love of the f-bomb.

Between one and five times a week I troll the local thrift shops for books. Any books. All the books. My collection is such that it no longer fits on my many shelves, not that this stops me.

It does mean I am as likely to be reading a classic as a bestseller. I am known to quote both Harry Potter and The Epic of Gilgamesh (sometimes in the same breath. I’m kidding. Or am I?) I will read anything I can get my hands on, and I think you should, too.

I am, above all things, honest. You may learn far too much about my personal life. You may get the deets on my thoughts on parenting (my son is going through puberty, universe help me). I may talk about my marriage or bowel movements or my dog’s bowel movements. It’s hard to say, really. I never know what I’m going to say until I’ve said it.

This honesty will always be part of my book reviews. I’m also the first to call a book out for lack of diversity or poor treatment of marginalized people.

Most importantly, I am passionate as hell about books. All the books. I love all the books. I love all the books so much, I have an entire arm dedicated to tattoos from my favorite novels and poetry. I love the way the right novel at the right time can change your life. The way the right poem can ruin your whole life. Sylvia Plath famously asked: “Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, and see which one fits best and is more becoming?” Well, Literature is my favorite way to do that. Depending on my menstrual cycle or how annoying my family is being, I may decide the life that fits me best is with Harry at Hogwarts. Or, like my girl Sylvia, that my head belongs in an oven. The point is, Literature gives us these options.