First of all, sorry for being AWOL last week. Life got really crazy, to the point when I was celebrating when I had didn't have a 12+ hour day. Winter quarter is always the toughest, but this year is the toughest yet!
Whenever I did have a snatch of down time in the middle of the day, I'd want to spend it relaxing and doing what I love - reading. No matter how tough life gets or how upset/tired/frazzled I am, books always help calm me down and take me to a happier place.
I originally started reviewing books on Goodreads so that I could keep track of my own thoughts on books I'd read. I'm the "bookworm friend" in most of my friend groups, so people come to me asking for recommendations, and it got difficult to remember why I liked a certain book if I had read it a few years ago. Reviews help me keep track of my gut reaction to books, and it's really fun to see how that changes with re-reads.
I was already reviewing books for a couple of years when I decided to start a blog. Like I said earlier, I'm the "bookworm friend" which means most of my friends aren't really readers. I've been lucky enough in college to find a couple of SF/F loving friends that I can talk about books with, but even they don't read as widely or as much as me.
I love being part of the book blogger community because everyone here really loves to read. You won't look at me funny when I'm freaking out about the next Sanderson book or flailing over the bromance of Jean Tannen and Locke Lamora. You're the ones who convinced me to read the Throne of Glass series, and even though I was skeptical at first, now I'm in love. You have gotten me through really tough and lonely days with your endearing comments and shared excitement for books.
I love you all, and I'm so glad I decided to take the extra step and start a book blog. It's tough to post more than 2-3 times a week for me, so thanks for sticking with me even when I go off the grid.