About Me

Hi!  I'm Ashling (pronounced Ashleen).  I'm just a typical 26-year-old who happens to like reading, writing, watching TV, scrapbooking, baking, cooking, and daydreaming.  If you ever want to contact me, my email is ashling.flaherty [at] yahoo.com.  I'm always open for book or movie suggestions, as long as they're not too violent or obscene.

By the way, in the picture, I'm the one on the right, in case you were wondering.

I started this blog because I wanted to share my love of books and movies, as well as keep me writing.  I could have just as easily started a political blog (I love politics!), but my love of reading far outweighs my love of political debate.  I chose the name Reading, Writing, and Anything but Arithmetic because obviously I like reading and writing, and hate math.  But I chose the phrase "Anything But" because I knew this blog was going to expand to include more than just reading and writing.  And it has.  There's lots of movie and TV reviews, some personal stuff, a few challenges, and a couple miscellaneous entries that don't really fall into a category.

Please, PLEASE, do not ask me to name one favorite author, movie, TV show, or band.  I love so many that I've never been able to pick a favorite without second-guessing it constantly.  I suppose if I absolutely had to pick a favorite book, I would pick The Lord of the Rings.  If I were stuck on a deserted island, this is the book I would want with me.  But that doesn't mean Tolkien is my most favorite author.  He's definitely in the top five, but I don't think I could say he was my all-time favorite.  If I were allowed to pick five favorites for author, movie, TV shows, and band, I could answer that without any delay.

Top 5 Favorite Authors
  1. Jane Austen
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Georgette Heyer
  4. Diana Wynne Jones
  5. Madeleine L'Engle
Top 5 Favorite Movies
  1. Lord of the Rings trilogy
  2. Dead Poets Society
  3. Singin' In the Rain
  4. Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth edition)
  5. Casablanca
Top 5 Favorite TV Shows
  1. Castle
  2. The Big Bang Theory
  3. Leverage
  4. Once Upon a Time
  5. Psych
Top 5 Favorite Bands
  1. Hanson
  2. The Wanted
  3. OneRepublic
  4. AFI
  5. Owl City
Well, those are my current favorites anyway.  Who knows what totally awesome TV shows or bands might come out later and steal a spot in the top 5.