As the old cliche goes, Once Upon a Time…

She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.

Annie Dillard

I am the child of a librarian and social studies teacher, so my destiny was always to love books. My earliest memories as a child are of my parents reading to us, and of writing my own short stories. This probably sounds like the beginning of a brilliant young author’s success story, so let me go ahead and spoil the ending: I’m not nearly that interesting. I am the oldest daughter, with three sisters and a brother. We were little heathens. I’m not really sure how our parents survived to see us all grown. My poor brother ended up in a dress and makeup more often than any little boy should against his will, and I once convinced my youngest sister that sheets definitely make good parachutes and that she should jump off our second story balcony. We were *those* kids growing up.

Despite the fact that I was clearly an uncivilized animal when I was younger, my relationship with books started young and grew strong. I’ve known I’ve wanted to be a writer since fifth grade, when I discovered the first book I fell head over heels in love with, Ella Enchanted (more on that in the next post). I actually loved that book so much and borrowed it from my fifth grade teacher so often that she ended up gifting it to me at the end of the school year. I still have it, and it’s worn and falling apart from all the love I’ve poured into it. I make a point to read it at least once a year and it never disappoints or grows old to me. That’s the way books should make you feel, and I’ve been lucky to have had that feeling all my life. That’s the feeling I want books to breathe into other people. And if this blog helps with that, great. If you already love books, but also love to read about them and discover new books, you’ve come to the right place.

My sister Rachel actually suggested the starting of book blogs, and I readily agreed. It was something that had been on my heart for a few months but I hadn’t pulled the trigger on. I am also a writer and would love to be a published author, but I think I need this blog to be my outlet while I write and work up the nerve to let someone read what I’ve written. I plan on using this as an opportunity to stretch myself in what I read and push myself with my reading genres, review the books I’ve read, and maybe put a few short stories out there while I’m at it. I’m also hoping to discuss new books coming out that I’m excited about and even discuss books that disappointed me. I want to be as real as I can here and let this be my living, breathing book diary. If you’d like to see my younger sister’s work, she is equally amazing, but she is also able to be more academically minded and objective than I am. Go check her out at The Perspicacious Bookworm.

On a more real life note…

Currently I am a stay at home mom to a little boy suffering from an identity crisis, he thinks he *is* Batman, and a housewife to an amazing man. I will admit to hating the laundry and dishes, and that I scrub the bathtub far less than a proper housewife should. 😉 We like to spend our free time exploring, exercising, and creating, but we definitely have our Netflix and PJ days as well. I love my simple life that I live and I can’t wait to share snippets of it with you along with all my literary love.

Thanks for reading and welcome!

Angelica, the Effervescent Bookworm

 

 

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