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Hey guys! Kelly here, some of you may know me as @the_bookaholic on Twitter. Being a part of this blog has been a great experience, mainly thanks to Jamie's wise guidance! Anyways, I'm 20 years old and a senior in college. I'm a Creative Writing major and I like to read, but isn't that why we're all here?
Five Bookish Facts About Me:
Do you have any weird bookish quirks? I'm not sure if this is too weird, as I've come across many book-lovers who are just the same, but I am very hesitant when loaning out my books. I'm always afraid they'll come back to me ruined, stained, ripped, or horror of horrors, not at all. I hate even donating my books as I'm afraid people won't take care of them properly. I recently loaned my friend my much-loved copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, very reluctantly. She texted me yesterday saying that she took it on vacation with her...to Seattle. I had a minor heart attack imagining all of the disasters that could fall upon my book while so far away!
Do any of your friends, family or significant others share your passion? My family is full of readers. My parents have always been willing to buy me books or take me to the library. My mom used to work at a publishing company in Los Angeles and would bring home boxes of books for me! My dad really got into reading when he was trying to learn English after he moved to the US. On the other hand...my friends, not so much. Other than the few that like Harry Potter and/or Twilight, I have maybe two friends that really enjoy reading, but not to the degree that I do. It's very frustrating to not be able to talk bookish-things with friends, which is why the blogging community is so important to me!
Favorite quote from a book? I think my all time favorite quote is from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: "If you look for perfection, you'll never be content." How true is that? Another quote that I like to throw around is from Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, "The person, be it gentlemen or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." Overall, I think Oscar Wilde is one of the most quotable human beings that ever lived.
What were some of your favorite books as a child? I'll admit it right off: I was OBSESSED with The Babysitter's Club. OBSESSED. I owned every single book in the series and have read each one at least seven times. And yes, I did try and start my own club, but since there was only one member (me), that failed quickly. I also loved books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Louis Sachar.
What are you currently reading? I just started The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It's over 1,000 pages, which scares me to death, but the historical and fantasy aspects are right up my alley and I think I'll really enjoy it.
Five Random Facts About Me:
1. I am the the biggest mutt you'll ever meet. I was raised in California and am part Spanish and Chinese thanks to my dad, but being raised by my mom's family, I speak with a hilarious mix of a Southern and English accent. It's apparently very amusing to hear me talk.
2. I've been to Disney World almost 200 times. Both my aunt and roommate work there (free tickets!), so I am there almost every weekend. I can find my way around each park blindfolded. You'd think I'd get sick of it, but that's yet to happen!
3. Throughout my entire life, I've spent an ungodly amount of time at the beach or by a pool, yet amazingly, even though I rarely wear sunscreen, I've never been sunburned once *knocks on wood.*
4. I'm obsessed with nail polish. I own over 45 bottles and simply cannot stop painting my nails weird colors. Currently, they are a vividly blinding baby blue.
5. I'm terrible with kids. I yell, get impatient, am grouchy, and get extremely peeved if they start crying. I can only imagine what kind of mother I'm going to be. In the meantime, the only child I can handle is my cat. He's adorable, isn't he?-->
Here's a nice little reward if you actually read through this entire post! Now, I'm a poor jobless college student, so my giveaway will be slightly less exciting than the others. I am giving away a copy of one of the best books I've read in 2011, Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (my review will hopefully be posted in the near future). If you like historical fiction, the 1920s, flappers, drama, love, death, and betrayal, I'm sure you will love this one!
+ You are not required to be a follower, but we'd sure love it if you were!
+ This giveaway is open internationally.
+ Ends on July 6th.
(This giveaway is now closed)