And so it begins…

30 Oct

Hello my name is Sydney and I am a bookaholic.

Every child has a fantasy about what they will be when they grow up. It’s the sweet and romantic idea of the innocent mind; a firefighter, a ballerina, an actor. The most popular Halloween costumes when you are 4 are the most illogical careers when you are 23. But, being a romantic and fairytale lover, I still believe  at 23 you can become your 4-year-old ideal. Thus, this blog was created.

My fantasy was to be a writer. A grand creator of stories and worlds people could lose themselves in. A wonderful visionary that wove ideas, logic, dreams, fantasy, fiction and reality into a Narnia-like land that people wanted to crawl into and stay for a while when they needed vacations from their own thoughts. I wanted to create the vehicle that carried people to self-realization and worldy understanding. I wanted to be C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Mark Twain. I wanted to solve problems and give shy girls confidence. I wanted… I wanted…

I wanted the world like every child does. And as I grew up I started to write short stories and essays that were praised by my English teachers (although awfully marked up with red pen due to my unique lack of spelling ability) but I could never push myself farther. I was a dreamer, for sure, but I was afraid and lacked confidence and my self-diagnosed ADD was my crutch to which I blamed my unfinished stories on. And so veering from my author path, I went to college and became an Event Planner. (And I capitalize that because I feel like I should at least celebrate my runner-up career, because it’s still pret-tay awesome.) Now, one year out of school, I have just gotten a promotion and a raise and while I should be shouting from peaks of Success Mountain, I am still achingly yearning to be a writer.

So here I am at 23, attempting to follow my dreams of being a writer… by becoming a blogger. But not just any blogger, a book review blogger. Because I cannot write, I read. And so I shall read, review, and write about my journeys into other people’s books until someday when I will create my own. I hope you will read what I write, critique my critiques, comment and advise me on what I can do better so that when my grand story finally manifests itself in my mind, I can have plenty of readers to review my work.

I thank you for joining my journey to my dreams. I hope that you will read the books I review because while not all will get my 5 star rating, every character, every world, every story has something to teach and will influence us in different ways. I value diversity of opinions and friendly discussions about differences will only make my story shine a little brighter (when I actually write it).

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” – Sara J. Maas, Throne of Glass

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