I created this blog as an outlet for me and my coworkers. Things have been difficult this past year. We lost our 401k contributions by our employer and then said employer cut our wages by 3%. Health Care costs went up 10% and most of us were left to deal with deductibles for the first time in the history of our employment with Salt Lake County. They took away any opportunities for wage increases and we'll be lucky if we see them again next year even though it's been promised. I have friends that can't afford to feed their families and some are losing their homes. I'm not trying to sound like I'm crying buckets of tears here, so please don't take this the wrong way. I'm just wanting people to understand what it is I'm doing and why.
Work has been stressful. My life has been stressful. I found myself in need of something that I could call my own. This blog is it. It's mine. I write purely to entertain my coworkers and to help reignite their enthusiasm for reading. I write to relieve my stress. It isn't the best writing and I cringe at my own grammar errors, but not being a professional writer, it doesn't concern me as much as it probably should. Don't get me wrong. I'm truly afraid of Google Alert and my fear is so great that I have a tendency to become physically sick over a new blog post. I mean, seriously, my reviews are hardly normal. Some might even find them offensive and I'm sure some authors hope that I never read their books and write about them on this blog. Other authors have been extremely kind and gracious. Their willingness to acknowledge the reviews are more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for. All I can say is that I fell in love with reading and I found myself loving the time I would spend talking about the books with my friends. This blog may have started by accident, but it has since turned into something really fun and unexpected. Basically, I'm just a beautiful woman from Salt Lake that loves to read and I also love to write about what I'm reading.
With this being said, one of the things I love most about this blog is that it has afforded me opportunities to give books away to my blog readers. From Paige Shelton and Vordak The Incomprehensible to Random House and Little Things Publishing, I have been the recipient of great things to give to my blog readers. The most recent items were 24 copies of Gone Tomorrow, by Lee Child. I have to say I actually wept when I received the box. If you haven't been reading my blog...I'm totally in love with Jack Reacher. Well, I'm in love with Jack Reacher and a few other hot male characters that I love to read about. So getting a box of Reacher books to give away to my friends that have been super supportive of this blog was truly extra special for me. Giving them away was soooo much fun! So much fun I even took pictures. It's days like this that make me happy about creating this little lame book blog that I have grown so fond of. Thanks friends, coworkers and all of you incredibly gifted writers that have been so kind to me. You make this all worth it! You truly do. The following are some of my coworkers with their new books!