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TGIF at GReads is a weekly meme hosted by GReads. This week’s question asks:
What made you decide to start your very own book blog?
Excellent question. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the answers people offer up for this one. For me, it was all about 2 books and a blog.
I had always been a chick-lit reader but every once in a while I would read something different (horror, mystery, romance, etc.), though I hadn’t read any young adult books since I was a young adult. One day a bunch of clicking through the “Customers who viewed this also viewed” section on Amazon led me to Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. I devoured it and loved it muchly. I thought hey, maybe there are some more amazing books out there in the ya market. So I did some googling and landed at Forever Young Adult.
The gals over at FYA were adults who read YA. That idea had never occurred to me before. Though I had just read a YA novel, I figured I was an odd bird for doing so. But if the ladies at FYA could make reading YA novels seem okay, I guess I could read them, too. I loved reading their blog, they had such snarky attitudes and I just ate it up.
From there, I read a few more YA novels, but Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park was the clincher. I loved that book so much, I wanted to tell everyone I knew about it. Unfortunately, I was the only YA reader that I knew, so I couldn’t tell many people about it in person. Then I had the bright idea of starting my own blog. I would be witty and sarcastic, just like the ladies at FYA, and the people would flock to my little corner of the internet so I could preach the gospel that is Flat-Out Love. Oh, and then I would read some other books and blog about those, too.
So there you have it. That’s why I started my blog. Turns out I am not as sarcastic and not nearly as witty as I thought I was. So I bow down to the experts at FYA.
Reviewing books and blogging turned out to be way more time-consuming and challenging than I ever could have imagined, but I have stayed true to my original goal and continue to pimp out Flat-Out love every chance I get. This blog has opened more doors for me and let me experience so many things I never could have imagined and I’m so thankful I took the plunge.
To sum up:
Welcome to my stop on the 25 Days of Jubilation Tour! Cyndi at Dog-Eared & Bookmarked, Jacinda at The Reading Housewives of Indiana and Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader have put together this amazing tour where each day is a stop at a different blog and each day brings a new giveaway.
For my stop on the tour, I’m going to talk about the holiday traditions in my home, then talk about (and hold a giveaway for) THE BEST BOOK EVER!
Christmas is a special time at my house. My son, who is now 13 years old, especially loves this time of year. He starts asking if we can get out the Christmas stuff right around Halloween. Once he gets the okay (after Thanksgiving!), he hauls the boxes out of the garage and starts unpacking them on his own. He sets up the decorative figures and wraps the banisters in garland, sets the electric deer on the front lawn and strings the red beads around the tree. He starts playing our seasonal CDs and wants to light the decorative candles.
Every year, I ask my son to make a list of what he would like for Christmas. For the past several years, he says “I only want _____.” I say “1 thing, that’s it?” He says “Yep, then I’ll be sure to get it.” But each year, as Christmas approaches, he adds to his list, until suddenly there are a dozen things he wants. I tease him about it, but every year is the same.
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without our 2 favorite holiday movies: A Christmas Story and Elf. The whole family can quote almost every line from either movie, that’s how often we watch them. Every few days throughout the season, you can count on one of those movies being played. And when TBS starts their annual 24-hours of A Christmas Story marathon, you can bet the TV will be on most of that time.
My son gets to choose 1 present to open on Christmas Eve, and he usually starts asking to do that in the morning. By the time evening rolls around, I’m like “Fine! Open it already!”
We usually spend Christmas at home, just taking our time getting up, opening presents and eating breakfast. Eventually we get moving and head to the kitchen to cook a big dinner before more family arrives. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy it. I also enjoy sitting in the den watching TV while someone else cleans up after the big dinner.
Now, some of you may be tired of hearing me gush about Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. And to you, I say tough noogies. To the rest of you, I love this book. I mean, seriously love it. Fan-girl squeeing and everything. Stalking Jessica Park and checking the FOL blog every day love it. This book makes me so happy and I want to share it with everyone. I can’t afford to buy it for all of you (though I wish I could), but I would love to buy it for the winner of this giveaway.
If, however, you already have the book (yay for you!) or you are a fuddy duddy and not interested in reading this one (boo), then you can choose any other book from The Book Depository under $15. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! And tomorrow make sure you head to the next stops on the Jubilation train: Karis at YA Litwit & Sarah at Workaday Reads.
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