In addition to Bout of Books, this week is also Armchair BEA! Such a busy week! Today's topic is Introductions, so here are my answers to the questions ABEA provided!
I started my book blog on March 31, 2014. I absolutely LOVE book blogging! I've met so many bloggers, authors and friends through this fun adventure! I started blogging because so many friends asked me for recommendations and what I thought of books. I LOVE writing, so I thought, why not write a blog?
Yes--this is my third time participating! So fun!
My all time favorite book is Moloka'i by Alan Brennert! Here's my review of the book and a bit more about why I love it so much! I recommend this beautifully written historical fiction to everyone!
I love several different genres--women's contemporary fiction, historical fiction and young adult fiction! The easy reason for why is because all three allow me to escape for awhile. I love historical fiction because it allows me to learn about history through relating to a specific character. I love YA so much because the genre helps students in that age group deal with the changes and feelings they are experiencing. It helps them know they are not alone or the only one dealing with those feelings and changes at SUCH a critical point in their life. Which really sums up why I love reading in general--it helps us realize we are not alone in our struggles.
I am definitely looking forward to the new Colleen Hoover, It Ends With Us, due out in August. She is one of my favorite authors, favorite to the point that I automatically pre-order any new title she publishes, usually without having rad the synopsis. She's that good. If you haven't read any CoHo yet, do so immediately! Slammed is my favorite.
My most intimidating book on my TBR is the Outlander series, mostly because of the length. I've heard so many good things, and I have the first one on my shelf, but just haven't gotten the motivation to read it yet.
I absolutely loved A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden! Her'es my review I posted last week. I can't say enough about this book. In addition to loving the story, I learned so much about Green Sea Turtles! And just life in that part of the world in general (Australia's Great Barrier Reef islands). After reading this book I read a lot of Ogden's prior works as a psychologist. I learned that she worked with famous memory patient H.M. It was fun to connect my love of reading with my academic interests!
Happy Armchair BEA! Looking forward to a great rest of the week!