• Janelis Medina

Why I decided to start a book blog

I have always loved reading since I was a little kid. Since I was reading so frequently, by the time I was in sixth grade I was already in a college reading level. It helped that my mom supported this addiction by taking me book shopping any time I finished a book. We went to Barnes & Nobles, Borders, Building 19, and small local book shops. On Saturday mornings, we always drove out and went to Yard Sales where she went hunting for antiques, and I was looking for the next read.

After a while, my mom started to take me to the library because I was reading these books she got me within only a few days after purchasing. I couldn’t believe how incredible these libraries were! Shelves upon shelves, rooms upon rooms, of all kinds of books I could dream of, that I could borrow for free. And I could take more than one? The library became my escape place. By high school, I had read half of the books in my school library until I learned about the Boston Copley Library. It was huge!! I would try to go there several days a week, finding a corner of the library and just reading books. For those I couldn’t finish

there, I would take home in it’s own individual bag, taking 5 or 6 books at the same time. I got to discover the romance of Nicholas Sparks, the horror of Stephen King, the gentleness of Jodi Picoult, and the gore of Jonathan Maberry. Even when I dated, no boyfriend could replace the love I had for books.

This is the kind of love I want to share with others. A book is nothing more than words on a page, but it’s the story behind them that elevate it into something more. It is a safe place, where you can read and forget your troubles. It is an adventure, where you can travel and experience places outside of your home. It is introspective, where you discover so much of yourself within the characters. It is enlightenment, where you learn things you were never taught in school. For those that love reading as much as I do, I know you understand the feeling. For those that have yet to experience these things, there are over 130 million books in the world, so you just haven’t found the right one. Through my book reviews, I hope to help guide readers in their next book choice. Through my book confessions, I hope to answer some book related questions I know I have had in the past and others may share as well as start a conversation.

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