The first book that I truly fell in love with was Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. My middle school librarian assigned this book to me, not knowing the impact that it would have on my life. From the moment I started reading it, I found myself captured by the courage of one young woman who faced impossible odds. Each obstacle that she faced, I was right there with her. I felt her happiness, her pain, and her sorrow. I finished the book after two days and when I turned that last page, I felt like a different person. I had lived a life through someone else’s eyes. I was instantly addicted. Each morning after, I would go to the library and the librarian would recommend another. I finished each book in less than a week, some less than a day. This passion for reading has continued throughout my life as I explore new genres and authors. A few of my favorite books to date include Those Girls by Chevy Stevens, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.
One of the reasons I wanted to start a book review blog was to help others develop a passion for reading like I have. Reading is not only a great way to educate yourself and gain a broader perspective, but it is also a useful tool for escaping reality. All of us have stressors in our lives whether it is our jobs, families, or other stressful situations. Reading allows you to escape to a new city or even a new world and get the much needed recharge. It is sort of like taking a vacation without purchasing a flight! I myself have struggled with depression and have found that reading helps me get through those tough days. My hope for this blog is that others will read my reviews and find a book that will build their passion for reading and change their lives like Island of the Blue Dolphins did for me.
My blog is also intended to be a resource for those of you who are already active readers and looking for books to add to your reading wishlist! There are so many books out there, it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to read next. Believe me, I know! There are nights that I have spent hours upon hours just scrolling through books on Amazon. My blog will make that process easier for you because I will be giving you the best possible recommendations on which books you won’t be able to put down!
In this blog, the main genres that I will be reviewing include romance, science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, and horror. These are my favorite genres and I think there are a lot of really great books that fall under them. I plan to post 1 review each week on varying days. On occasion, I will accept guest reviews and author interviews. You can also find me on Facebook and Goodreads.
For those of you who are already passionate readers, what was the first book that changed your life?