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My name is Amanda and I am an avid reader and a prolific writer, but I wasn’t always.  In fact, I used to hate everything that had to do with reading and writing.  Due to multiple disabilities, I struggled in school and despised every moment of my education.  That is, until my mother saved the day.  Like so many mothers in the world, mine is my own personal hero.  Because of her, I realized my love for stories and my unending desire to discover new ones and even write my own.  I will explain this all, of course, but it is pertinent for any reader to know first why I have created this blog.

I have created this blog to appeal to two groups.  The first group I hope my writing, reviews, and recommendations appeal to are passionate readers like myself.  These people are keen on snuggling up with a good book on a Friday night and may even feel out of place in big crowds.  They use literature to explore the mind, spark the imagination, develop an identity, and find comfort in the world.  For these individuals, I hope to provide insights into books already read and encourage finding a few new ones to add to their collections.

The second group is much less likely to stumble upon my ramblings, but I sincerely hope that they do.  This group is comprised of non-readers, some who detest literature as much as I did when I was a child.  They have thought, and in some cases even been told, their entire lives that books are not for them.  They do not find joy in reading yet because, for them, it hasn’t been an escape – it’s been a dark pit of frustration and shame.  I lived there too once and I know what it is like to struggle to the point of giving up.  I also know how important it is to have someone supportive reach out and pave the way for success. Like my mother did for me, I want to do for others.  For these people, both young and old, I want to assist in breaking down the “reading just isn’t for me” mentality by providing a safe space to discover, explore, and question the world of literature without judgment or ridicule.  I hope to introduce exciting new books from a variety of genres and seek to help foster a love for reading that can literally change a life.

And so, it doesn’t matter if you are a non-reader, a new reader, or an avid reader.  We are all the same here – explorers.  Some may be looking for their next all-nighter-novel, while others may just be realizing that books are indeed “cool” too.  Regardless of which category you fall in to, I hope my writing assists you in finding what you are looking for and realizing your goals.

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