My love of reading started early age. The first book I ever finished on my own was Morris the Moose Goes to School by Bernice Wiseman. I still has fond memories of it and acting it out for some of my relatives. Some of my favorite books include One Hundred Years of Solitude, Les Misérables, Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture, The Siren and The Bedford Handbook.
For me, the test for a great books is whether or not it can capture my complete attention within the first five paragraphs. If I don’t have it by then, I’m probably not going to be really into it. I love books where the characters take a journey, either emotionally or in their physical world. I need to see growth in characters and the book needs to move me in some way.
(This almost feels like a dating website profile.) Happy reading!
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Reading the written word has always had a special meaning to me. With the right book, I can even feel like that little girl on another journey with her limitless imagination anytime I want. Growing up without much to call my own, I found the simplest treasures in the smallest things. My treasures became my hot air balloon nightlight and whatever book I had gotten my hands on from the library. I know I must have devoured a multitude of books but the one story that brings it full circle for me every time is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. This simple childhood story was so vivid and real to me that even now, if I close my eyes, I can still see what I saw over 25 years ago and that is exactly why I want to share my passion for reading with everyone.
As I’ve grown I have also found my own way of selecting books. Yes, I fell into the category of those people who selected books based on their covers but I learned very quickly that a pretty picture does not mean the story is worthy of my time. Now, if you were to find me in the isles of a bookstore or library, I’m the woman picking up random books and flipping directly to the middle(ish) part and just start reading. I believe if your characters are developed and your writing is smooth and fluid, you should be able to draw me in with just a page or two and have me wanting to know more. This strange method has garnered several odd looks over the years but has never steered me wrong. I have managed to indulge in some great stories with some really boring or hideous covers.
I usually read Romance, Chic Lit, Erotica (that’s written well), some Historical Fiction, and have even indulged in a Mystery or Thriller at a time or two. I am always open to exploring exciting stories, new or old, so please don’t assume I won’t read what you have written. I don’t judge books by their covers; please don’t judge me by my library.
As for my life outside of the novel world, I am married to my soul mate and am honored to stand beside him as he devotes his life to serving his country among the Silent Service members of the United States Navy. Together we have two beautiful children who have also been infected with my love of reading and it just makes my heart smile to see their nose in a book. I am also an Educated and Certified Pastry Culinarian so that when I am not consuming pages, I am in the kitchen baking and feeding the masses. Thank you for allowing me to introduce myself and I hope that together we can go on many adventures together!
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Salutations from the Mid-West, I’m Karen and guess what I love to read. I am a 4-H and community volunteer; plus a dog, horse, and book lover. For fun I teach genealogy and restore old cemeteries. I don’t believe in hiding my sincerity, so if I like something or someone you will hear about it, loud and often.
I am so proud to be included among this fabulous group of woman, that I meet because of our love of two books in particular. I believe that books are a gift from the author to the world. I may not like everything I have ever read; but each book has a message that the author wanted to covey to the audience, and I respect that message.
When it comes to reading, I read everything. I love paranormal, fantasy, romance, mysteries, suspense, classic, young adult, youth, histories, etc. etc. etc., point I read everything, shh don’t tell anyone smut too! We will keep that one a secret, between us.
Another of my passions is supporting various charities and organizations, among them are Charity Water, World Book Night USA, World Book Night UK, Hiring Our Heroes, Got Your Six, 4-H, Not For Sale, Alex’s Lemonade, Somaly Mam Foundation, Riley Hospital, Join(Red), Ocean Conservancy, and St. Jude’s. This is me in a nutshell.
“Beware the man of one book.” ― Thomas Aquinas
“For it is in giving that we receive.” ― St. Francis of Assisi
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank
“You shall not pass.” Tolkien
“Death is but the next great adventure.” Rowling
“For if you believe that kindness is never wasted, you have to hold tightly to that belief even when the kindness is thrown back in your face.” Reynard
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I still remember my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Neece, reading the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to the entire class. At the conclusion of each chapter we would scream in unison, “Please, Mrs. Neece, just read one more chapter.” As a result I think Judy Blume was the first author name I could remember as I continued to read a few more of her books throughout the years. As an adult, I bought my own kids a few of her books, including Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
It really wasn’t until I was an adult that I found my love for reading as I could pick and choose what I wanted to read and realized that reading gave me power and knowledge. While I was pregnant, I think I bought every single pregnancy book that was ever written, followed by all the toddler books, homework hassle books, and books about raising teens.
I have also matured a bit now that I’m in my 40s as I no longer read the last chapter of a book first to ensure that the ending is acceptable. Don’t try this with The Five People You Meet in Heaven….completely ruined the whole book for me.
My favorite genres are Christian fiction, Chic Lit and Contemporary Romance. I tend to be more of a “book snob” because I like my fairy tales and happily ever after endings. Everyday life can be difficult and monotonous, but I can escape to “fantasyland” with a great book!
My family and my faith are extremely important to me. I married my high school sweet heart, and we have been married for almost 20 years. We have a 17-year-old- daughter and a 14-year-old son, and our world basically revolves around the two of them and their schedules. A wise teacher once said, “Never stop reading to your children no matter how old they are.” I still read to my teens, even if it’s a chapter of a textbook that they have to read for school. One of my most memorable moments was reading The Shack to both of them, which included some great discussions. Most recently, we read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to our daughter, which was required reading for her AP Lit class. In addition to our group here, I’m also a member of a local book club, as well as two on-line book clubs (one of which I admin).
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I can remember myself as a young and curious girl, sneaking down the basement with my dictionary in tow, to peruse the many romance books that my mother tried to hide from me. Obviously, hiding the books did not work. From this came a fondness for romance novels. My most favorite book of all time is Gone with the Wind. I have read it many times and watch it every time I am lucky enough to catch it on TV.
And so, my genre of choice is mostly adult romance, as well as paranormal fiction, fantasy, and mature adult. I do on occasion find myself in the science fiction and horror section of the virtual bookstore. I do love Happily Ever After books, and maybe that is the romantic in me. That also extends to the movies and shows that I like to watch. My main purpose in reading a book is to escape. I don’t want a sad ending because I feel there is too much sadness in life as it is. We deal with it everyday. So having a good book is almost like having a best friend. It can make you smile and forget, even if it’s just for a little while.
Just to add something personal about myself: I married my high school sweetheart; I have 3 crazy kids who I love more than diamonds and chocolate; I’m a nurse-which means I am immune to the odors of all types of body fluid; and I love my acoustic guitar. Oops I forgot, I love anything Star Wars and Star Trek related and I obviously love science fiction and Fantasy movies, and believe the biggest mistake on TV was cancelling Firefly. Oh, and I also have a pet snake named Peanut who’s terrarium sits on top of my desk.
So that is me in a nutshell. Many Happy Readings!
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Reading wasn’t something I always loved to do; I always found it a little harder for me to find books that sparked my interest or ones that I could relate to. Thank God for young adult (YA) books! Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel Series opened my eyes to a new love for reading; and since then, I’ve read tons of books, sometimes even one a day!
My favorite part of reading has to be the feeling I get when I know the story is special. If my heart begins to ache and skip a beat, I know it’s going to be at the top of my list for great reads! Without a doubt, it’s a favorite when I can’t stop thinking about the characters and have to re-read chapters over and over! Yes, I have reading OCD!
In 2011, I graduated from UCF with a Radio/TV major and minors in Theatre, Film & Marketing. Because of my love of movies, I often find myself imagining what the characters would look like if the books I read could be turned into films. (I do this A LOT~ haha). The majority of my favorite films come from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. I’m obsessed with Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Judy Garland, Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn…and the list could continue forever, just like my love for books.
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