About Me

Welcome to Reading on a Rainy Day! I am Athira (ä-thĭ-rə), programmer by day, reader and blogger by night. I was born in India, raised in Dubai, graduated from college and worked in India, pursued my graduate thesis at Virginia Tech in the US, and have now happily set up shop in small town Lynchburg in Virginia. I married my knight in shining armor in 2012, and we promptly decided to expand our troop by adopting Rue - our maybe Jack Russell, maybe Pit Bill Terrier, maybe something completely different canine, but definitely pampered fur-baby, that same year. Just recently, Rue has welcomed her darling human sister that she is incredibly proud and protective of.

I've probably been reading books, newspapers, and cereal boxes ever since I could read. But I started reading voraciously only at the end of my first year at grad school when I started questioning the purpose of life, the universe, and everything. (Coincidentally, that is also the time I started job-hunting.) This blog was born another semester later, when I still had not finished my philosophical pondering. (Coincidentally, I was still looking for a job.)

This blog was started for me to talk about the few books I read and the many that I haven't yet gotten to. Although my earlier reviews are predominantly about light women fiction and thrillers, now you'll see mostly literary fiction and nonfiction (especially narrative nonfiction) featured here. To learn more about my reading tastes, head over to my Review Policy page.

You can contact me via Email (readingonarainyday@gmail.com), TwitterGoodreads, or Tumblr.

"Come follow me, dear friends and we shall find our goal, or else shall perish bravely in the charge!" - Sir Cadogan, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban