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Meet the Bookstagrammer - Chrissy

Hey book lovers! Welcome back to another episode of - Meet the Bookstagrammer! I'm Chrissy and I will be your host for today. A little bit about me before we jump in: I am getting married this year to the love of my life. I am a mom of four, I have three boys and a girl. My two oldest graduated from high school last year and I've hit that phase of motherhood where I am unsure what I am supposed to do next. I think they call it empty nest syndrome, but my nest is far from empty.

I have a full time job that I enjoy as it gives me the opportunity to talk books, and help people. My two favorite things. I am closer to 40 than I am to 30 😬 which means I have gotten to enjoy so so many amazing books in my life. The first book I ever remember reading was Goodnight Moon, that I was given at my Kindergarten. I think my mom might still have my original copy.

Without further ado, I guess I'll jump into the Q&A section of this thing.

What started your love of reading?

I think my sister, (Hi Seester!) and by extension my grandma are to blame for that. Or maybe its just my own laziness.😂 Growing up my grandma had shelves of books in one of her guest rooms and my sister used to sit and read them for hours, or borrow them and bring them home. She used to stay up all hours of the night under her blanket with a flashlight reading (who am I kidding, she still does this, she just doesn't have to hide it any more). I don't know when I picked up her habits, but I did. I remember hiding in our bathroom to read when I was supposed to be doing chores or falling asleep reading on my laundry pile that I was supposed to be folding and putting away (sorry mom 😑). We shared a room, so I know my sister LOVED my cleaning techniques (or lack there of) but really she has no one to blame for me having my nose stuck in a book besides herself.

What are you currently reading?

I am actually currently reading a couple of books. Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon for one. It was one that I picked up during the Barnes and Noble Book Haul sale. I'm also reading Giver of Stars for my works book club. Becca and I are the leads for our book club and it has been so fun to pick out and discuss books with our fellow teammates. Who doesn't love sharing their favorite thing with their co-workers? I am really excited to discuss this read, especially since there's quite a bit of scandal around it.

If you could only read one genre of book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Does fiction count, or are you wanting me to go deeper than that? 😂 It would probably be urban fantasy if I had to choose from within fiction. I just love the idea that we live in a world where there is more out there than we have seen. My favorite authors in the urban fantasy genre are Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, and Hailey Edwards (in no particular order).

Why do you read?

I read because I love adventure, but don't like people. I love solving crimes, but falter at the sight of blood. I love the idea of monsters in our midst, but wouldn't want to face one. I read because books take you away from reality and into a world that is made up of the authors words and your own imagination. There is not one thing that you can't do within the confines of a great book. Become a time traveler, a detective, an assassin, a fairy queen. Try out any job, any type of love, heartbreak. Experience every emotion you possible can. George R.R. Martin said it best when he said "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies..." I have lived more than a thousand at this point and am so ready to live thousands more.

What is one thing you couldn't have gotten through 2020 without?

I thought this was the best one to end this on. We currently have that nasty virus in our house that's going around. Yes, we took precautions. Yes, we are all vaccinated. Things happen and vaccines aren't 100% effective. We knew that, but that's neither here nor there. The one thing that has gotten me through 2020 and now by extension 2021, is grocery delivery. I never knew how much I needed it in my life until this week when I couldn't go grocery shopping and there were no deliveries available in my area. Becca, her sweet soul, offered to do a drop off for us, but my amazing niece and dad teamed up to do some shopping for us. Also I couldn't have lived without amazon. When supply was low or non-existent on many things I needed, amazon came in clutch. I was able to get toilet paper when I needed it and didn't have to battle the hordes of people in the stores for it.

I hope you have enjoyed getting the chance to get to know a little more about me and Becca. We look forward to doing more of these Q&A type posts in the future and getting to know all of you! Happy Reading!

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