My name is Crystal, and I’m an obsessive bookworm. For me, reading is like breathing–it is something that MUST be done to live. If given the choice between books and food, I’d have to give it some serious thought.
When I think about my life, the books I was reading around that age immediately also flicker in my mind.
Elementary school and The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie and The Baby-sitters Club. My 4th grade teacher reading us part of the Narnia series and The Hobbit, and then discovering the Alanna series that year. Middle school and VC Andrews, along with my first reading of Gone With the Wind. High school and Xanth, Clan of the Cave Bear, and The Cat Who mysteries.
My friend Katie and I taking an Arthurian literature survey course freshman year because it would be “so much fun” and then doing shots of whatever was handy to alleviate the pain after the midterm when the professor gave us less than a stanza and expected us to identify the work, the author and discuss its significance within the Arthurian canon. Trying to figure out how many books I could pack in my one suitcase for my summer abroad and still fit clothes and cd’s. Getting into a heated argument with my professor senior year over what Jane Eyre was about (who cares about the damn mirror, let me break this down for you through a race/class/gender historical perspective).
Debating exactly when Mercedes Lackey’s books began sucking on my first date with my husband, and buying the British editions of Harry Potter in London on my honeymoon.
On the blog you’ll find everything from book reviews to book/movie comparisons, reviews of children’s books (sometimes by my kids), snark of books I used to love, and more.
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These days I’m a stay at home mom of two, blogger, and romance author. I love travel, history and cooking. Before I was a stay at home mom I was a teacher and have done tutoring and curriculum development on the side.