Hi, my name is Susan and I'm a bookaholic. My obsession started when I learned to read at age 4. I just never stopped.
As a kid, I was hooked on the usual: Nancy Drew, Amelia Bedelia, The Boxcar Children, Anne of Green Gables, etc. I grew up in a tiny town and spent many hours trudging down to the library, browsing through books, checking out a stack and lugging it home. The walk down to the library was a breeze - all downhill. With my arms full of books, the trek back home was a little more difficult. It was worth it, though, to be able to visit the library whenever I could, without waiting for my parents to chauffer me.
Even though it wasn't the cool thing to do, I still read voraciously as a teenager. My tastes tended toward mysteries and horror at this point. I remember my Dad raising an eyebrow at all the sinister-looking novels his good little girl was bringing home. Perhaps that's why he introduced me to Mary Higgins Clark. Her clean mysteries kept me up way past my bedtime on numerous occasions!
I also loved to write as a child, composing cheesy little stories and even submitting work for publication in national magazines. I laugh now at my naivete. In high school, I spent many, many hours writing and editing articles for the newspaper and yearbook.
My interest in reading and writing propelled me to major in English at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah (its distinguished alumni include Stephenie Meyer, Brandon Sanderson, and Jessica Day George, to name a few). As part of my Journalism minor, I became a reporter for the college's newspaper, The Daily Universe. It was also in college that I met Eric, the man who would become my husband. We got married in August of 1997, a short time after he returned home from an LDS mission in Chile. I graduated from BYU in 1998; later that year, I gave birth to our first child. I stayed home with him, wrote articles about books on the Internet (which you can probably still find by Googling my name), and read lots of books.
In 2000, we moved to Arizona, where we still live. My husband owns his own business mentoring company. We now have 4 children aged 16, 13, 10 and 6 (the family picture below is a *few* years old). I stay at home with my kids full-time. Besides reading and blogging, I like to cross-stitch, listen to music, eat (can you say chocoholic?), travel, play word games and spend time with my family.
I started Bloggin' 'bout Books as a way to record what I was reading. Back then, I had exactly three readers: my husband, my mom and my sister. One day, I was trolling the Web for reading recommendations and stumbled across A Patchwork of Books. Amanda had dozens of links to other blogs on her site - I started clicking around, and a whole new world opened up to me. Suddenly, I was part of the big, exciting book blogosphere. I love being a part of it. I've "met" tons of wonderful people, read books I otherwise wouldn't have, chatted with lots of authors, and have just had a good ole time. I love what I do!
So, there you go ... more about me than you ever wanted to know!
My mountain of review books grows daily. To see a list of those currently in my possession (physical copies only—e-copies are not listed), click here.
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How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Baby Steps to Understanding
Bookin' Around the States
- California (1)
- Connecticut (1)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York (2)
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Oklahoma (1)
- Pennsylvania (1)
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Texas (1)
- West Virginia
- *Washington, D.C.
2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
1. A book you choose for the cover—The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell 2. A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able—The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh 3. A book set somewhere you've never been, but would like to visit - The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny 4. A book you've already read—Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 5. A juicy memoir—My Story by Elizabeth Smart 6. A book about books or reading—The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 7. A book in a genre you usually avoid—Maus by Art Spiegelman 8. A book you don't want to admit you're dying to read—Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham 9. A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet—The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan 10. A book about a topic or subject you already love—Trials of the Earth by Mary Mann Hamilton
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2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 2. Wool by Hugh Howey 3. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood 4. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden 5. One Second After by William R. Forstchen 6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis 7. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky 8. Born by Tara Brown 9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown 11. Consider by Kristy Acevedo 12. Bluescreen by Dan Wells 13. Starflight by Melissa Landers 14. Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky 15. Vicarious by Paula Stokes 16. Replica by Lauren Oliver