Hi, I’m Tamara.
A long time ago, in 2014, I had a book blog under the name ‘Tamaraniac.’ I wrote book reviews, and created recommendation lists of young adult novels, and took a lot of book pictures in my then twinkle-lighted bedroom. I worked for two independent bookstores (the lovely Red Balloon Bookshop and Subtext Books) writing shelf reviews, helping with order lists, working special events, and getting to meet many great authors.
Then, I went off to college at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I decided to study Computer Science. I still read as much as I could during breaks, and I still took pictures of those books for my instagram, but I essentially stopped writing book reviews. I took down my blog and replaced it with a professional site. I spent less time on social media, and I lost touch with the book world.
Next fall, I’ll be beginning my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I’ll be doing research in computing education: a field that seeks to understand topics such as how people learn computing, why they learn computing, and how we can help them learn and understand computing better.
In short: my interests have changed and broadened. While I still love reading, (I’ll soon be living a 5-minute walk from Ann Arbor’s independent bookstore!) I also want to talk about what is happening in my field and research, about the art projects I’ve picked up during the pandemic, and probably about plenty of other things in the future. On this (new) blog, I plan to chronicle my life as a graduate student, my research, and my thoughts about what is going on in the world of Computer Science; as well as write about the books I’m reading and things I’m creating.