Friday, September 1, 2017

7 Years of GReadsBooks: Celebrating Reading + The Community Who Inspires It

Later this month my blog turns 7 years old -- SEVEN YEARS OLD -- how is that even possible?! Though my little corner of the internet has evolved in these seven years, I've still remained true to why I created GReads: to share my love for books by expressing my thoughts on what I read. That simple fact has not changed in the last seven years. I suspect it's now become apart of who I am and will always remain with me, even if this blog slowly closes its doors one day (though I am not planning on that any time soon).

I wanted to spend the month of September celebrating reading & the community that has inspired me to keep at it. With the world we live in now, I feel as though the negative seems to out weigh the positive more often than not. When life gets hard, I rely on my stories to engage me, refuel me, and remind me of the little joys in life. Books are magical places and readers are magical people.

As most of you know, I live in the Houston area and have been impacted by the catastrophic floods brought on by Harvey. Thankfully I am okay, and so is my family. However, there are so many in this area and throughout the Gulf coast that are not. As we stay strong and rebuild our communities, please continue to keep us in your thoughts. This book community has reminded me why they are so loving, and so giving. I am forever grateful for the generous donations, the kind words, and the endless good thoughts. You all have made such a huge difference during a very dark time.

All month long I will be featuring stories from other bloggers, readers, and authors with their own inspiring stories about books, writing, blogging and well, life! It's a good time to reflect on the positives, so gather around friends & let's celebrate a common bond we all share: The love of reading.

Posts from friends to look forward to
Morgan Matson
Corey Whaley
Trish Doller
Tiffany Schmidt

Andi from Andi's ABCs
Lauren from Bookmark Lit
Alexa from Alexa Loves Books
Sarah from What Sarah Read
Lindsey from Bring My Books
Sara from Novel Novice
Heidi from YA Bibliophile
Katie from Mundie Moms
Morgan from The Bookish Beagle

What's a celebration without party favors?! To honor the authors who will be sharing their own inspiring stories, I am giving away a book of choice by one of them. This giveaway is open international (just make sure Book Depository ships to you). Each of these four authors have written AMAZING books, so I know it will be hard to choose which book you'd want. Good luck!

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  1. I think reading the Harry Potter books as a child was what inspired me to be a reader. I'm forever searching for books to fill the hole HP created, <3
    Megan S.

  2. Congratulations Ginger! And I'm so glad that you and you're family are safe <3

  3. Hum... It was maybe Ewilan or "Le grimoire au Rubis" by Pierre Boterro. I'm not that sure something has inspired me to be honest. I was a child and i just like reading. Now, i'm an adult and I still like it x)

  4. The blogging community and the great friends that I've made online and in real life have definitely inspired me to be a reader. Also the fact that I love getting lost in these different worlds is another contributing factor! Thank you for this great giveaway Ginger!

  5. How exciting for you! My dad inspired me to be a reader. He was a big TV shopper and one day saw Harry Potter being advertised and bought me the first 3 books. The rest is history :D

  6. I fell in love with Sarah Dessen in middle school, but I have been a reader my entire life. I grew up reading the Fudge series, Magic Tree House, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I love to read.

  7. Wow. Seven years is tremendous! Congrats! I've always been a reader, I think mostly because as an only child it allowed me to escape to other worlds.

  8. I loved reading from the time I could pick up books. We didn't have many books in our home, so I re-read the same ones over and over. Now I tend to hoard them!

  9. what has inspired me?? umm, I might say lots of wonderful authors out there who have written so many amazing books to read. :3

  10. I don't really know, I just remember falling in love with reading from a very young age, one of the books I loved way back then was the Sesame Street story The Monster At the End of This Book, then when I got a little older the Ramona Quimby books were particular favorites. I just don't recall a time when I didn't enjoy reading, I feel really fortunate that it's always been something I could turn to if I was bored, or unhappy, or just whatever my mood.


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