The Distillery:

Here at the distillery we like to distill the books we read, which basically means that we like to remove all of the impurities and concentrate on the main forces at work in a given text. Our reading process is the distillation of a book's folded pages: the spaces, ideas, and feelings within the text, which we then present to our readers in the form of an enjoyable review. 


The Distillers:



Hikari Loftus
Hikari comes from a family of wanders, and has lived in Utah, in a tent in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Brazil, and North Carolina, respectively. In her childhood, Hikari spent entire days during summer vacation at her local library reading every book she could get her hands on. From fairy tales to science, history to geography, she found magic in every word. After a misguided and failed attempt at majoring in Interior Design, she came to her senses and graduated from the University of Utah in Mass Communication, with a focus in Journalism. She has been a reporter and writer for various papers and magazines in Pennsylvania and Utah for the last ten years and believes that everyone has an interesting story to tell. 

Hikari married her one true love in 2009 and added a pair of Pugs into their family in 2011. At the end of 2012, they welcomed a daughter and Hikari transitioned into a full-time stay at home mother who still does author interviews and book reviews for her local newspaper. 

While Hikari hopes to one day finish writing an actual novel of her own, her first book “The Fairy and the Waterfall”, written in the second grade about a fairy cast out of her community because she had a big toe, is probably her best creative work to date. 

   Instagram: @FoldedPagesDistillery

Doni Faber 
Doni wanted to be a novelist most of her life.  She abruptly changed her mind and decided to be a teacher after reading Teaching as a Subversive Activity.  So of course, when she got to college, she studied Science in Society. She transferred from Hampshire to the University of Utah where she designed her own major, Critical Pedagogy.  To get certified as a teacher, she got an MAT, taught for a year, and then decided the classroom wasn't the right place for her.  She served as a boothie and a tutor for Valley Mental Health, both of which she loved. In the meantime, she has performed slam poetry and offered workshops for teenagers as part of Subrosa Spoken Youth. She continues to be involved in educational policy and homeschooling. She feels most comfortable among books and people who like to talk about books.  She has books in every room of her house, except for the laundry room (which might be why she doesn't spend much time doing laundry.)


Brittney Jenson 
Brittney is a terrible singer, a YA book addict, a photography lover, a late night novel writer, a strategy game enthusiast, and a homemade chocolate chip cookie extraordinaire.

She claims to have the world’s best husband (who she fell hard for in 7th grade when she noticed his cool hair and cool shoes... it only took him six years to ask her on a date...) In her previous life she worked as a web analysts, currently she's redirected her talents to work as a stay-at-home mom raising two adorable little boys and writing whenever she has a few minutes of "me time".

She loves books and has been addicted to reading for as long as she can remember. YA genre is her favorite and a few authors who she can't put down are: Shannon Hale, L. J. Smith, Bruce Coville, Clare B. Dunkle, and Gale Carson Levine. She also love creating her own worlds through writing. In short, she can't get enough of the written word.


   Instagram: @NovelPairing




A.R. Braithwaite:
Braithwaite hails from a small town in southern Utah where she discovered the vast world of literature, guided by several angelic English teachers. She graduated from a very small high school, 76 students in her graduating class, and decided to move on up in the world, making her way to the big Salt Lake City for college at The University of Utah. While going to school and working, minding her own business, a handsome young man made her fall in love him and she got married soon after her sophomore year. She graduated in 2012 with a bachelors degree in Philosophy and a minor in Creative Writing. Soon after that she gave birth to an astoundingly awesome baby girl and is now a full-time stay at home mother, who obsessively reads and writes every chance she gets. Now she is writing about published authors on this blog and hopes to be one of them someday, but she simply loves writing for the joy of it. 

Braithwaite rates the books in her reviews using a simple 5 star system similar to Amazon and Goodreads. She likes to have a fast way for people to assess her overall thoughts about the book she read and although she doesn't always think it's productive to categorize things in life, she enjoys categorizing her books. To see more about her rating system visit Braithwaite's Rating System.



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