**And just an FYI: if you see a book listed on my blog that is part of a series, just go ahead and assume that I've read all the books, or am working on reading ALL the books within that series. I may not always list them on here but trust me - they were read.

My story.... or part of it anyway

Let see, I've only been really addicted to books for the last two years or so. I am a stay at home mom and I have two kids. Now, two years ago they were NOT in school full-time. I had a breakdown, midlife crisis, lost my mind - call it what you will - but I was balling my eyes out when my hubby came home simply because I was overwhelmed with all the crying, and the screaming.....I still shutter when I think about it.
But being the wonderful husband that he his - he sent me out on the town (sans kids) to cool off and just have fun. The very next day, I started reading books....and I haven't stopped.

Reading, for me at least, is an escape. I read because I want to be lost, but still be here when my kids (or hubby) needs me to be. I want to read about all these other people, learn them, love them, make them like family, but never have to buy or doing anything else for them.

So....here we are. Now you know a little about why I read. The main question I always get from my friends or strangers is this. "How do you read so much? How do you find the time?" Here's my answer, I make the time. Yes I have two kids - but they aren't always at home. So when they aren't here, and I have the house moderately clean (this is when chores for your older ones are awesome - I'm not the only one who makes a mess at my house, and I'm sure not going to be the only one who cleans them up), I read. When the youngest one naps, I read. When they both go to bed, I read. And the way I figure, whatever I create in my head by reading the books I do, is going to be WAY better than whats on TV anyhow.

In reality, I don't think I read to much or often. I have met plenty of other book readers who read A LOT more then I do. So, do I think reading a book a day is too much?? Not really. It's better than sitting in front of the TV for how ever long. Besides, both my kids know I love to read. They see me with a book (or my Nook) all the time. So in turn - they love to read. To each other, their stuffed animals, anyone or anything. Most days my kids would rather read or create their own books than sit and watch TV, and I'm very proud to be able to say that.

All I want you to do is get a book and get started. I don't care if it takes you the full two weeks and you have to renew the book you borrowed from the library - as long as you read it, and enjoy it - I'm happy. And you'll be happier too, I promise.