Who Am I?
I’m Heather, a thirty-something wife and mom of two extremely energetic boys. I live in a pretty little beach town in Northwest Florida.
I have always been a reader. Growing up, I read a lot of Judy Blume, Shel Silverstein and Beverly Cleary and then moved on to my mom’s adult fiction. In high school, classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby were required reading and I ate them up. But, by the time I began college, my days of reading for pleasure began to dwindle. Sadly, reading every day became reading every once in a while.
A couple of years after I had my first son I decided to leave my job and come home to raise my family. At home with my three year old, I used any downtime I had to read. But it wasn’t until 2007, and a series of books about angsty vampires (three guesses anyone?), that I fell in love with Young Adult Lit all over again.
The focus of this blog will be YA fiction including contemporary, dystopic/ post apocalyptic, fantasy, mystery/ thriller, historical fiction and steampunk with a special interest in paranormal storylines. I have always loved a good ghost story. One of the books from my childhood that made a huge impact on me and the development of my reading preferences was a book by southern author Wylly Folk St. John called The Ghost Next Door. After finishing that, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and Agatha Christie began filling in the bookcase alongside Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret and Fifteen. My love of ghosts, vampires, witches and all things supernatural was firmly cemented after reading every Anne Rice and Alice Hoffman book I could get my hands on. And those are the kind of books I still love to read today.
The TBR book stack on my bedside table has now overflowed into every corner of my home and like many avid readers, I long for like minded souls to gush wish about the awesome book I just finished reading, or the upcoming release of the sequel to that book I read and loved and am still thinking about six months later. And since I read so much these days, I am finding that a few weeks after finishing a book, I sometimes struggle to remember plot details because I have read six more books since! I need a way to organize my thoughts about books I’ve read as well as a way to keep track of them.
So, blogging. I discovered the treasure trove of YA book blogs a few months ago and thought “Hey. Why don’t I try that?” So here I am. Ready to gush about those books with anyone feeling the same way.