About Me & My Blog:
Hi, and welcome to my blog! My name is Samantha but everyone calls me Sam. I am a Bisexual teen book blogger living on the Southeast coast of the USA who loves cats, tea and books (Obviously!) I don’t really have a certain way about reviewing books, I just sort of … Ramble. I try to make it as coherent as possible but I haven’t had any complaints so far! LOL.
About My Life and How I Got Into Reading:
I started writing a book blog in hopes of connecting with people and making friends. I’ve been doing it for a little over a year now, and I have so much fun reading and bookstagramming! Ironically, I don’t like writing, so I have no idea what part of my brain decided that I needed to start a blog; but I’m thankful for it. As someone who has been home-schooled since the fourth grade, I spend a lot of my time with books.
My first true literary love was Nancy Drew. When I was in the second grade a friend gave me my first Nancy Drew book. Later, around third or fourth grade, my grandparents took me and my twin sister to a warehouse book sale where we found and bought about 30 more Nancy Drew books! From then until I was 13 years old, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew. I read them all, and then read them again. I knew them like the back of my hand and started collecting them all. I received the last one I needed on my 13th birthday (The Mystery of The Ivory Charm, book # 13 ironically enough). I still collect them, but just the rarer ones, and now I’ve started collecting Hardy Boys books as well.
Right when I was exhausting my love of Nancy Drew (was this even possible?), I discovered Percy Jackson. I devoured that series, and so did my sisters. We even convinced our parents to drive out of state to go see Rick Riordan on his Blood Of Olympus tour and it was a really great experience. Percy Jackson was my gateway into Young Adult literature, but Nancy Drew was my gateway into books themselves.
When I was 17, I discovered a lovely little independent bookstore that was sending out applications to become a part of their Teen Advisory Board! I was so fortunate to get in, and I’ve met some truly wonderful people and gained some great life experience working with the TAB and the bookstore. I have attended 30+ author events, reviewed ARC’s for the bookstore (My reviews are in books at a bookstore where people can purchase the books! That I reviewed! My reviews are sticking out of the books for all to see! That’s mind blowing to me. I never would have pictured myself here even one year ago.) and I even started working for the bookstore seasonally for the holiday rush. It was one of the best experiences of my life so far. I love being surrounded by books and helping people find just the book they’re in the mood for. I have even gotten the chance to interview some authors! I can’t wait to do more of that in the upcoming years.
Unfortunately, about a year after I joined the TAB, I had to move again. I am looking into starting my own TAB in my new city, and I can’t wait to share my love of books and literature with other teens like me! I will be putting together a document on how to start up a Teen Advisory Board eventually (I’m still in the ‘gathering information’ stage) and I will try to keep everyone updated on my journey of starting a TAB!
I am very proud of how far I’ve come in the book community, which is a thing in itself for a later discussion. People are so kind and welcoming, very constructive, and just awesome people. The middle grade and YA communities have come so far in the past decade. (Future Sam, please remember to write a discussion post on this!)
I plan on going to college and working in the book community somewhere, I’m just not sure in what part yet. I look forward to sharing my journey with everyone as I grow my blog and grow as a person!
If you want to get in touch with me, you can find me on Twitter at RamblingBooks or you can go to the contact page and email me!
Thanks for reading this, and Carpe Librum!