I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
I've spent the last 25 days trying to figure out how to post about Luna Lovegood without posting about a Harry Potter book. I give up. The closest I could come up with was using Fox Mulder from a licensed X-Files comic and that doesn't really work very well. I think Fox Mulder is probably too rational and grounded for me to identify with. Besides, I want to use the character I really do relate to.
But Luna ... I don't just want to believe; I do believe. There are crumpled-horn snorcacks and nargles. There are mermaids and yetis and ghosts and fairies. I was often accused by my teachers of being too "dreamy" and I admit the world in my head is usually more fascinating to me than the world around me. I even share Luna' s fashion sense. My mom wasn't dead when I was a kid but she was not with us a lot. My dad was a bit of a crustaceans both of my parents were oddballs. Unlike Luna I do have an older sister, but everything else about her just felt, well, like reading about my witch doppelganger.
Luna first appears in Goblet of Fire but only briefly. When she showed up as a fleshed-out character in Order of the Phoenix I was so happy to meet a character I could really identify with. And I love her to little bits. :)
As an aside, I ship Neville/Luna. It's my only non-canon ship.