I can't believe it's been 4 years of blogging already!
- I've always been a reader, but after having a baby in 2007, and becoming a stay-at-home mom, I started reading at levels I never had before. Part of that is because there really isn't anything on TV at 4 A.M. (my kid never slept and this was a pre-Netflix, DVR world for me), and part of it was that I found my reading HOME. That my friends is Young Adult books.
- For the longest time I had been thinking that since I was an "adult", I had to read Adult books. And don't get me wrong, I found some really great ones in that time, books by Jodi Picoult, Emily Giffin, Sophie Kinsella, titles like The Devil Wears Prada, She's Come Undone, The Nanny Diaries, The Kindness of Strangers, Where the Heart Is, and 20 Times a Lady.... but when I picked up a Sarah Dessen book (Just Listen), and found my old copy of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (which I reread), I realized that while I really enjoyed some of those Adult books, the place I feel at home in is YA.... And I'm okay with that.
- Don't get me wrong, I still felt like a creeper when I was in the YA section of Barnes & Noble, but I felt good KNOWING where my reading home was. I think back to my pre-blogging days of running down the YA section in the libraries and grabbing something super fast because I thought people would think I was weird for being there, and I laugh at how dumb I was. That's one thing the blogging world gave me: The realization that it's OKAY to read YA at any age... and that lots of adults do!! I had no idea!
- So as I read more and more, I had a hard time remembering everything I was reading. This lead to Goodreads! A way to keep track of my books!! But then I started wondering what would happen if Goodreads ever went away?? How would I know what my reactions were to all my books?? That's when I decided to do a blog. Just to keep track of what I thought about books. I only wanted it for me. I had NO idea there were other people that actually blogged about books and that they did it in a SOCIAL way. I had no idea anyone would ever read what I was writing.
- Somehow right away I stumbled onto Top Ten Tuesday, and I thought it was just a thing to do once a week to talk to people about books.... once a week- that's the only time I ever thought I would converse with other book people.
- Now 4 years later, my blog isn't some big success or anything, but it's grown into a really fun hobby for me. I've learned a lot about myself over this process. I've learned what I want out of this whole thing.
- What I Want Out Of This Whole Thing: NOTHING!! Well, not nothing, nothing, but yeah, pretty much nothing. I just want to have fun and share the books I love with people. I went through a whole "Ahhh, there are so many awesome blogs out there, and I want to be awesome, and I want to keep up, and I want to do all the things, and be included in all the things"-phase, but I soon realized that I don't want to be competitive and stress-out and feel bad and compare myself against weird expectations, I just want to share the love of books. And have fun!! And document what I read... because that's really the whole reason I started :)
- For fun, take a look at THIS gem. It was my very first post!
Now that I've written that long-winded thing.... I'd really love to do a giveaway!! To thank all the peeps over the last 4 years who have talked books with me. All the people who given me moral support, who have been nice to me when I saw them at book events, who have followed and read the silly things I write. THANKS GUYS!!
- Winner chooses up to 2 books (under $30) from The Book Depository
- As long as the Book Depository ships to you, you can enter
- I will contact you by email if you win
- Thanks for stopping by!!
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