As a native Texan, my favorite memories as a child involve sitting in our living room basking in the A/C far away from the heat of summer with a book in hand. My mom and I frequented Borders often and took advantage of their buy four, get one free deals whenever we could.Â I still canâ€™t pass up a good deal on a book. The kindle daily deals or $1.99 sales are really starting to add up on my kindle!
By day I am a 27 year oldÂ wedding photographer in Austin, TexasÂ that loves photographing people crazy in love. At night I allow myself to slip into the pages of whatever book I may be reading. Young adult books are my absolute favorite because the subject matter varies so incredibly much, and I am a sucker for young love. (I got married at the ripe old age of 18). Â Pair a good friendship story, a boy and girl falling perfectly, realistically in love (none of that 2 days and BAM they’re in love kind of stuff), and a heavy dose of witty banter, and I will praise said book to no end. Ahem, Stephanie Perkins’ novels Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Â (If we’re going to be friends, you should read those immediately.)
In 2008 all of my friends were devouring the Twilight series. I had never read a book about vampires before and picked up the first book simply to read it and make fun of my girlfriends. I finished all four books in less than a week and recommended my husband read them, too. Though I refuse to say those are the best books ever written, I will give them credit for connecting me with my inner-book nerd again.
2009 was the first year I attempted a reading challenge and set a goal of 52 books. I failed miserably by only reading half that amount. This was the year, however, that Harry Potter and I became friends. Â I backed off the challenge in 2010 and read 20-something books, but 2011 proved to be the year of reading for me. I set my initial goal of 52 books again; after reading the Hunger Games I wasnâ€™t able to stop searching for something else that I love THAT much. Â (Divergent by Veronica Roth is pretty amazing. I went to a book signing just to see if she’d relinquish any juicy details about her next book. She didn’t.)
With Estelle feeding me her favorite book recommendations and having Goodreads as the ultimate book nerdâ€™s go-to tool, I surpassed my goal for 2011. My goal for 2012 was 115 books, but I only made it to 103. In 2013, my goal is to reach 100 books again, but I’m hoping to go for quality over quantity. I want to read books my friends love and to connect with characters I won’t soon forget.The fun part will be having you along for the journey, sharing your favorite books with us, too!
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- Since Twilight I have not read another vampire series. I tried, but just couldnâ€™t do it.
- One day I will own a library with tons of classics
though I’ve read very few of them.
- Most of the time I am the last person to find out about new bands, great movies, or awesome books. Thatâ€™s exactly how I felt when I read The Hunger Games. Why hadnâ€™t someone told me about them sooner?! Â I vow to never feel that way again.
- My go-to authors are Suzanne Collins, Stephanie Perkins, JK Rowling, Veronica Roth, Sara Zarr, Melissa Walker, Tahereh Mafi, Morgan Matson, and Lauren Oliver.
- My favorite books tend to be contemporary young adults or dystopias. I love, love, love books with real-life struggles and/or sweet love stories. Most things young adult satisfy my need to read!
- It took me forever to readÂ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because I have separation anxiety and hate breaking up with characters at the end of a series.
- I do most of my reading in the living room while my husband catches up on documentaries or watches episodes of Modern Family (this can be distracting sometimes because I get sucked in if he’s watching a show I like)!
- I would so love to meet Melissa Walker, Lauren Oliver, JK Rowling, and Stephanie Perkins.