Guest Post & Giveaway: Why I read

It's my pleasure to welcome Annabelle Blume to Midtown Underground today, check back tomorrow for a review of her book, Frozen Heart. Make sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

I read constantly. It’s terrible for my eyes and it makes my family crazy, but it’s what I do. It’s what I’ve always done.

Fantasies of being an avid outdoor adventurer have crossed my mind in the past. Idyllic dreams of traveling the world and seeing the amazing history of our humanity sprawled across continents and cultures have flitted around in my head. But I’ve never been that girl. Instead of back-packing around Europe after college, I worked and I read. While my peers were trying on different hats in different professions, getting fired from and quitting them, loving and hating them, and learning what was out in the world, I continued my relentless pursuit of consistency, choosing instead to live vicariously through the characters in the books I read.

I can’t say I regret being a homebody, being that cliche of a girl with her nose stuck in a book. I don’t. Because for all that it may look from the outside that I’ve missed these valuable life experiences, for all that movies and media and society’s generalizations may paint “the girl with her nose in a book” as meek, mild, and sheltered, I am not those things.

We all need different things in our lives. Some of us need to spread our wings, fly around the globe and find ourselves amongst the ruins of the seemingly infallible shelter of our parents. Some of us need the consistent characters and story arcs of the books we read to shelter us form the unfaltering chaos of childhood. Ours is not to judge how one finds him or herself, rather to celebrate the act of finding oneself at all.I found my role models, my inspiration, and my happiness in the literary world. I couldn’t have and wouldn’t have found myself at the pyramids in Egypt or the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Books, authors, and their characters were the fine instruments which helped cut every facet of who I am.

I read to find reflections of who I was, who I am, and who I hope to be. And when I see myself reflected in a great book, I couldn’t be more pleased with what I find staring back at me.

Why do you read?

 

About:

Annabelle is a Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy Romance author, that is, when she's not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.

Her Sociology degree did nothing to progress her writing skills, but has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle's unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.

She's also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com, where she expounds her knowledge of being a vixen clad in sweatpants.

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