They say that writers are readers. And I’m a reader. I’ve always been. When I was a kid I was in love with The Babysitter’s Club series and then graduated to Sweet Valley High. Then I remember reading some silly teen love stories that my aunt had given me. I loved getting lost in a book. I would read books and imagine myself being friends with the characters. I knew some kids said that reading was dorky, but I didn’t care.
As an adult I still love reading, and I’m in a book club – sort of, but actually not really. I mean I am. I get invited to read the books and attend the book club conversations/let’s drink a lot of wine get togethers. I would say half the time I actually do buy the book, but I never read them. I think it’s because my book club is for smart people, and I much prefer to read the cheesy novels I always read as a kid.
I shouldn’t say cheesy. Some of my fave authors are on the New York Times Best Seller List. For instance, Jen Lancaster (the author of Bitter is the New Black), Lauren Weisberger (The Devil Wears Prada), Emily Giffin (Something Borrowed) and, of course, the Shopoholic Series (by Sophie Kinsella). My book club would be horrified right now. As I said, they read smart people books, like The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. See I don’t read books where I can’t even pronounce the author’s name.
The other reason I don’t really participate in my book club is because I like to read on my own time. I don’t want my reading to feel like homework. I want to lay in bed and read because I want to read – not because OMG – book club is tomorrow night so I better finish this! No thank you, that is stressful and I’m already on anxiety meds.
I’m going off on a tangent now, which I pretty much always do. My point is that my blog reading habits are similar to my book reading habits in that I don’t expand my horizons. I don’t venture outside of my comfort zone. I always play it safe; reading blogs I can easily relate to.
That’s why when I stumbled upon She Can’t Be Serious I felt like I found my soul sister. We’re like two peas in a pod. I read her blog and was like, OMG, I MUST befriend this woman! She blogs about beer and boots! Hallelujah!! So when SzaboInSlowMo awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award you can imagine that I liked her even more! As well as feeling unabashed gratitude and excitement, of course.
What is the Versatile Blogger Award, you ask? Funny you should ask, because I actually didn’t know either. How lucky of me that I won an award I didn’t even know existed. I’m seriously stoked! The Versatile Blogger Award is given to a blogger by a fellow blogger. The fellow blogger chooses 12 blogs to ‘feature’ on their own blog. I don’t even read 12 other blogs to begin with so what a great opportunity for me to do some research and see what other people in the world have to say.
My first duty as an award recipient is to offer a big thank you to SzaboInSlowMo. I hope you will check out her fab blog – www.shecantbeserious.com. Here is the story that made her “famous” in the blogging community: Mama Needs a New Pair of Boots which is how I “discovered” her. You will love, love, love!
My next duty as an award recipient is to share 7 things about myself. Hmm…I’m pretty sure if you’ve been following my blog I’ve shared more than you’d ever need to know about me! But, here we go:
- I’m actually quite shy until you get to know me.
- Sometimes I think I’m really a famous person and I just don’t know it. Yes, people watch me! I swear!
- I used to think I had a low pain tolerance until I had a baby. Now I think I’m quite strong!
- I don’t travel well because I’m such a creature of habit and I like my own “stuff.”
- If I had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life I would pick a potato.
- I just became an auntie for the first time at 32-years-old.
- I’m left handed – and no, I’m not worried I will die young because of it. (See The Peril’s of Being a Lefty in Time Magazine U.S.)
And now for the honor of passing this lovely award onto 12 other bloggers! This has been such an ideal chance to spread my wings and check out some other blogs out there – and there are tons of them. Congrats to all my fellow blog writers! I hope you don’t view this as a “chain letter” but rather as a brilliant way to get your blog across to a larger audience. :)
OK – yes, I can count. I realize I have only selected 7 blogs to pass on the coveted Versatile Blogger Award. Sorry, readers, but I don’t want to just “pick” a bunch of websites just to meet my quota. These are websites I actually recommend. So, it’s 7. At least I spread my wings a little bit and have discovered some new blogs that I intend to keep up with!
And thanks again SzaboInSlowMo, my fellow soul sister!