Hello, everyone and welcome to my page! If you’re new here, thank you for visiting, and I hope you decide to stay. Let me give you a bit of an explanation as to why I do what I do!
In the beginning of my journey as a reader, I avoided buying books for years in fear of wasting money on a novel I would hate. Because I was terrified, I never ventured outside of my reading comfort zone. At the time, my favorite author was Ted Dekker, and I practically only ever read his books. In order for me to read something other than Dekker’s work, you’d have to pry his book out of my hand and give me one of your own (because I loved sharing Ted!)
I began to realize that I wanted to develop and grow my passion for books, but the question was, where to begin? I went on Instagram where I had discovered the world of “bookstagram,” and I followed as many accounts as possible! Eventually I stumbled upon a monthly subscription called BooklyBox, where I had access to a social media page specifically for book lovers, would receive a book monthly, AND (the best part) was that every time I receive a book, so did a child in need. How could I say no? But trust me, I still struggled with fear of paying for a book I may hate. Knowing that I was making a difference for a child somewhere else in the world was the ONLY thing that helped me push through my fear.
I received my first box from BooklyBox and was overwhelmed with joy! I loved nearly every book that I had received from them. Following an incident where I was unhappy with a book choice, I contacted customer support, where I met Gabriel De Almeida. Gabriel helped me resolve my issue and before I knew it we became friends. In just a few months I was brought onto the team and volunteered my time to help curate the boxes with books and accessories. I created the team of Moderators for BooklyBox and was promoted to Head Moderator, and I was finding my life was suddenly consumed with what I loved: books. Over the next year and a half I continued to work with BooklyBox and in this time I began to realize that my favorite reads were from Young Adult Genre. As I began searching for more books in the YA genre I found myself stumbling onto pages and blogs that were reviewing books in depth. I was given the opportunity to fall in love with the book before I had even opened it! This gave me the confidence to begin purchasing new books that actually appealed to me, rather than just collecting books, because, well… I could.
I went through my collection of books and immediately purged my library of unwanted novels that I had collected because they were “cheap” or free. This was the day things changed. With a new bookshelf, and [nearly] a fresh slate, I began to create a list of TBR’s. I kept going and didn’t stop until my heart was content, (for the moment at least.) I finished off my list with 157 titles, and that’s not including the titles that I already had in my library that just hadn’t been read yet.
In just a few short months I had three 5-foot bookshelves, and a swarm of books I was just dying to read. I still had empty shelves, but instead of rushing to fill them with ANYTHING, I’ve realized the importance of appreciating your books- the importance of collecting, vs. hoarding. I now have six 5-foot shelves, BooklyBox has been bought by Quarterly and is now PageHabit, where I am still the Head Moderator and I facilitate their social media pages.
My blog is designed to help all those reader’s out there that are like me as I once was, the ones who are lost and looking for a good read. Instead of rushing out to just buy a book, because they’re beautiful, and the smell is intoxicating – go into that bookstore INFORMED! Liberate yourself from the impulse to buy books you never intend to read and go in confidently knowing you are truly excited to read the book in front of you!
Welcome to The Reading Phoenix.