Welcome to my corner of the internet!
My name is Afoma. I’m a twenty-something writer, editor, and voracious reader with an insatiable appetite for children’s literature, books by women, and articles about life and human relationships. In addition to my love affair with words, I dabble in photography, and also happen to have completed medical school.
Afoma Umesi, the website, has evolved over the years. It began as an online diary — as all blogs were, circa 2012 — and became fertile soil for my writing skills to bloom.
In 2021, Afoma Umesi, the website became Reading Middle Grade! You’ll find that I read mostly middle-grade and young adult novels, with the occasional foray into adult literature.
Reading Middle Grade is also proud to support authors with a variety of paid promotional opportunities. You can review these options here and see which ones best suit your needs. My lovely header and all other illustrations on this blog were done by Kat of Waffley Cute Designs.
I’m so glad you found your way here. Stay a while, will you?
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In the Press
I was on episode #249 of WSIRN with Anne Bogel talking about how I discovered middle grade books as an adult and why I’m so obsessed with them.
I was a guest on episode #109 of The Reading Women podcast talking about two of my favorite middle grade books and why I love middle grade books so much.
I was featured on LitHub talking about why more adults should read middle grade books.
Support the Blog
I run this blog while working as a freelance writer and editor; it is truly a labor of love. If you value my work and can afford to, I would be so grateful to receive a donation of any amount at this link!