After quite a few nudges from friends, I've finally decided to jump on in to the book blogging world. It's something I've been wanting to do for months now - but admittedly, life got (hectic) and in the way. Between a full course load semester, an unexpected move, stuff going on in the family... I never got around to it.
Until now, and I couldn't be more excited.
And besides - what better way to start it than sitting around with a broken foot?! I'm restless and feeling like I need to do something, so here I am!
I am a twenty seven year old northern California native. I've been here my entire life, and as much as I'd love to move away - I honestly don't think I ever will. This is what I know, I've found a nice spot in a quiet part of town, my friends and family are here and well, it's home.
The perks of living here are pretty simple - just hours away from both the ocean and the mountains, plenty of neat places to check out (I'm a couple of hours away from San Francisco!), friends and family galore and plenty of bookstores to spend my time (and money) in. It doesn't get much better than that - and for the most part, we've got decent weather.
I'm a full time student at a local college where I'm studying Early Childhood Education to become a pre-school teacher, but also working on my requirements for a Nursing program. I figure I can put what I've learned in my ECE courses to use in Nursing and make it work. I'm all about being able to help people and with nursing, I know I'll be able to do just that and continue to work with kids.
Speaking of working with kids - I've been working as a nanny for three girls in the area for the last five years. It is exhausting, but it is so rewarding. The last five years have taught me so much about life, kids, families and about myself. I've really come out of my shell and this job is really what made me go into ECE as a career because I realized just how much I adore working with kids and their families. It's just breathtaking, rewarding and a lot of fun. We have a lot of fun adventures together and I couldn't ask for a better job or a better work family.
I'm also a blogger over at The Hob where I get to indulge in another huge passion of mine... The Hunger Games! The series as a whole changed my life and being able to work with such an amazing team is something that brightens my day up. We have a lot of fun and being able to write about one of my favorite things? Can't beat that! We're all anxiously gearing up for the start of Catching Fire to start filming and all the casting announcements.. love it!
I'm also an avid reader, which is really why I started this blog. In the summer all I do is read (it helps that I get a good chunk of time off to do that) and make up for whatever I miss during the school year (because lets face it, reading on top of a full course load? NOT EASY). I come from a family of bookworms - my mother, my father, my aunt and my grandmothers. We all read, between all of us - there's too many books (if there is such a thing).
What do I read?
A little of everything. The Twilight Saga got me into the entire young adult genre and after reading books like The Hunger Games and Divergent, I am hooked. I also read stacks of paranormal romance (J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, etc). I am always looking for new things to read - I just started reading a bunch of YA contemporary novels and I'm just as hooked on those as I am the dystopian novels. I'm easy to please when it comes to reading, believe me. Hand me a book and I'm a happy girl.
I wanted to start blogging to connect with other readers, to expand my reading horizons and just have a good time. And let's face it - there's never enough books to read even though you have a growing stack of books by your bed or on your e-reader - that's part of the fun!
Getting to know other bloggers and creating new friendships is something I am really excited about by starting this blog in addition to all the fun things I'll be able to learn about and read - so please, don't be shy about coming over and saying hi! I'm really easy going and love to meet new people. You'll find links to my Twitter, Facebook and GoodReads account around here, too. Please feel free to add me and say hi, I'm always around to chat!
Not only am I kick starting this blog, but I'm celebrating by hosting something very fun, which I'll post details to very, very soon so keep your eyes out!