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20 per package - Virtual OK

Do you want to read more books, but lack the motivation to actually do so? Do you like to talk about the books you read, but find yourself alone in your literary pursuits?

Pending a discussion over *what* to read, I'll be your virtual book buddy! If you have a specific book in mind, you can ping me to see if it's something I'm interested in, and we can negotiate from there. If you just want to read more, we can chat about favorite genres and authors and decide on a book together. Or, heck, maybe you want to jump in on a book I'm currently reading or have just read!

I'm a native English speaker, but I'm also fluent in Swedish and read a couple of books a year in French as well. I'm willing to tackle a book in any of these languages for people who want a foreign language study buddy.

Once we decide on the book, we can decide on where we'll discuss the book and how often. Once a week via Simbi messages? At the end of the month in a Discord server? Emails after every chapter?

Things I usually enjoy reading include:
*Classics/literary fiction
*Science fiction
*Fantasy
*Popular science
*Popular history
*Mysteries
*Memoirs
*Biography
*the occasional young adult

Genres I tend to avoid (sorry, you'll have to find another book buddy!):
*Horror
*Thriller
*Romance
*Western
*Anything you've published yourself (if you want my feedback on something, that's a different Simbi offer :P )

I'm a stubborn-ass book completionist and I can promise you that I'll finish whatever book we decide on, even if it takes me a while. But if we're both disappointed in the selection, we can mutually agree to tap out and try again with a different book. :)

Training & Qualifications


I read around 48 books a year, give or take, in three different languages. I'm a member of three different book clubs and read across a variety of genres. I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about books in addition to reading!

Availability & Preferences


Evenings and weekends GMT +1

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Katherine


Grace received package of Swedish Tea Delivery from Katherine
Apr 23, 2019
Katherine is amazing, and sent some incredible tea!
Maria received unit of Copyediting: 1000 Words, Nonfiction from Katherine
Apr 21, 2019
Great job! Thanks for the proofreading. Some great suggestions!
Maria received package of Swedish Tea Delivery from Katherine
Apr 21, 2019
Absolutely delightful! Thank you so much for the wonderful tea!
Troy received package of Swedish Tea Delivery from Katherine
Apr 19, 2019
Katherine is a great communicator.
Drew provided unit of Bad Picture Of a Bad Drawing! for Katherine
Apr 04, 2019
Appriciate the time allowed for what to a skilled artist would seem an easy task. The extra time allowed me to not feel rushed which helped improve th...e quality as I had more chances to work on it. show more
Kourtnie received package of Swedish Tea Delivery from Katherine
Mar 30, 2019
Katherine's amazing, and this tea is delicious!
Jade received unit of Simbi Liberation and Tip Jar from Katherine
Mar 24, 2019
Wanted to acknowledge all of the help Katherine helped me with, by giving really detailed and thorough ideas and steps to move forward.
Jade received Help with Check out my Etsy store from Katherine
Mar 23, 2019
Went above and beyond for helping me review my store! Very thorough feedback and real direction on what to do next and how to edit things. Very sweet ...and generous! Was very glad to work together and would love to do it again in the future! show more
Sam received unit of Ghetto Tarot: 3-Card Reading from Katherine
Mar 13, 2019
Seriously amazing reading. Very thorough! I would definitely recommend her.
Rachel received Help with Someone to trade seeds with from Katherine
Mar 12, 2019
Great trade as always Katherine is the best!


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About Katherine Koba

Everything I enjoy comes down to words, details, and helping and educating others. In my work life, I'm a professional Swedish -> English translator. I work with corporate documents: everything fr...om annual and interim reports to internal memos to press releases. I was a freelance copyeditor and ESL tutor before that. Before that I spent two years teaching English at cram schools in South Korea, and before THAT I was a cave tour guide. In my fun life, I co-organize a local writing Meetup, translate semi-obscure Swedish women writers into English, and read a lot. I also work on my own writing projects, which tend to be character-driven SF/F and literary novels. I'm a bit of a language nerd, too; I study Russian and Korean in my spare time, and try to keep up my high school German and college French. I also like to surprise people with postcards and tea and other fun things in the mail!show more

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