Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Crystal Memes: Name a book that changed your life (Book Blogger Hop)

Hello there! Welcome to the 1st Crystal Memes post. What is Crystal Memes? Well, posting more discussion posts has been a goal of mine for awhile now. What better way to dip my toes into the world of discussion posts than to participate in bookish memes? I don't know how often I'll post there or which ones I'll do. Whenever I see one that speaks to me, I'll go for it.

Name a book that changed your life.

There is a reason why I started with this particular topic - it is one that is near and dear to me. I have been a reader for as long as I can remember and I went straight for the romances. There was no Babysitter's Club or Nancy Drew (although I do regret that and I would love to read some). Nope, I went barreling towards Sweet Valley High. Then I discovered Harlequin before finally falling in love with contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I lived happily among Rachel Gibson, Linda Howard, Lisa Jackson, etc. for many years.

Then it hit... The reading slump to end all reading slumps. I was still reading, but only going through the motions. I honestly couldn't tell you what my favorite books were because none of them really resonated with me. Sure, I was still adoring my favorite authors, but that was it. It came to the point where I was sure that I was losing my love of reading. I was buying the books, but I wasn't reading them.

Then the e-book explosion... I remember my dad asking me if he were to get me a Kindle for Christmas, would I use it. For whatever reason, I told him no. Although I wasn't really reading much, I was firmly in the paperback camp. Thankfully he didn't listen to me and got one for me anyway. Thanks, dad!

Then she strutted into my life... The first book I bought for my Kindle was Second Chance at the Sugar Shack and I was in love. With that single book, Candis Terry brought contemporary romance back into my life. I found myself wanting to read again, wanting to find new authors. From Candis, I found so many new authors that I love and will forever read. So, I guess you can say it wasn't just a book that changed my life, it was an author and my dad. Who knows what would have happened if my dad hadn't gotten me the Kindle. I wouldn't have picked up that first book. I have been so fortunate enough to meet Candis a handful of times and complete fangirl'd in front of her (to the point where I forgot to take a picture). I'll probably never express how much she's brought to my reading life, which is probably a good thing since restraining orders kind of suck

...and I still want these books in their original covers!

What book changed your life? Or was it an author?

Covers linked to Goodreads


  1. Crystal what a great post. I love learning little tidbits about what makes folks tick!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! That means a lot to me since I'm trying to do more discussion posts in the future.