Books have always been a big part of my life. When I was a child, due to moving quite a bit due to my dad’s work, I was very shy and a bit of a loner and books became my friend. I would spend many happy hours reading and getting taken to many places as well as meeting new friends in the books that I would devour, sometimes many times over.
As a teen, even though I would devote a lot of time to authors like Stephen King and James Patterson, sadly books took a back step in my life and it wasn’t until my husband gave me a kindle for my Christmas present in 2013 that it re awakened my passion for reading again.
Since then I have literally lived and breathed everything to do with books. I joined Facebook groups which opened me to a whole new world of books and authors I would probably never have come across otherwise and it was great to virtually meet people that were as passionate about books as I am. These groups also opened me up to the wonderful community of blogging.
I can’t begin to tell you how much blogging has changed my life in just over the one year that I have been doing it. It has introduced me to even more authors and books than I could ever possibly have imagined, I have even been nominated for two awards for my blog, which even now thinking about it, I am still totally in shock from as never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get nominated, never mind win!
Not only have I read some amazing books thanks to these Facebook groups as well as blogging but I have met some amazing people along the way. I have become friends with authors (well I hope they see me as a friend otherwise I might be classed as a stalker lol) as well as readers and fellow bloggers. The support among these people is just astounding. It really does blow me away.
I am still quite a shy person (until you get to know me that is) and still am not very confident but over the last year I have been lucky enough to go to four meet ups, two in Leeds, arranged by the lovely Helen Boyce, as well as two in Birmingham arranged by the wonderful Kim Nash, where I got to meet many of the readers, authors and bloggers that I get to chat to online. I even attended the Bloggers Bash in LONDON of all places, which believe me was quite a biggy for me. I even got to meet the very inspiring Sacha Black who is one of the lovely people behind the Bloggers Bash Awards and her posts on her blog never fail to amaze me at how talented this lady is.
I’m sure you are probably thinking why am I writing this post and what is the point of it, well, I just wanted to share how books and blogging has changed my life. In a nutshell it has given me a new lease of life. It has given me the ability to start a blog, a new found confidence and more than anything the chance to meet such wonderful, amazing people who many I can now count as very good friends.
So a massive thank you to the authors and publishers that have taken a chance on me and my blog with their babies, to the wonderful readers who read and follow my blog and in general share the book love and a huge shout out to the amazing bloggers whose support I will eternally be grateful for. Much love to my fellow #BlogSquad members who help celebrate all the good times as well as being there through the not so good times when my confidence slips and I end up doubting myself, you guys well and truly rock.