Well, this is a completely new experience for me. My current occupation slightly frowns on being very open with the public. Generally there are so many rules to go by most decide to to completely avoid activities like blogging and posting on social media sites to reduce liabilities. This post will probably take me the longest to write just for the fact that I will probably have difficulty releasing "pieces" of me, even if it is harmless information.
I am looking to break myself from this mold. I have loved reading and books since I was very little and see no harm in sharing thoughts and ideas about them. Some my earliest and fondest memories are of my mom and me reading, trading, or discussing books. She always told me that reading was the key to an education and a better way of life. Through my experiences in life thus far, I can honestly say I firmly believe that as well.
So, here I am now. I am learning so many new and exciting things, many I have wondered "How'd they do that?" over the years. I am thankful that I have a mentor through this process, my coffee, cupcake, and book buddy Marla. She is my inspiration for even starting this endeavor. I watched and listened as she started her blog and began sharing her opinions and ideas with others. This idea intrigued me because a lot of the conversations that she and I have are ironically about books and everything about them. I think it is one of our "stress-relievers" in life. Both of our lives are quite busy and most of our downtime is filled with books. Hopefully I can make this blog as enjoyable to everyone else as our talks are to me.
I think my vision for this blog is simple. I want to keep it clean, efficient, and of course somehow amusing. I am fairly eclectic with the books I read, but I do take "cravings" for certain genres at times. For a majority of the last three years or so I've delved deeply into many different types of YA books. These seem to be "lighter" reads to me compared to adult books and play less havoc on my mind after dealing with classes and research all day. I do read others occasionally, but they are few and far in between. I will be posting my take about the books I read, but I don't want to make it an actual critique or analysis since I do plenty of that in my classes. I enjoy books and I like sharing what I experienced and thought while reading them. Therefore, my reviews will be a detailed, honest opinion about the books, for the good or bad of them. Honest opinions can lead to really good conversations. Everyone experiences a book differently, so feel free to comment and we'll compare notes!