Hello fellow book lovers! My name is Cyndi and I’m honored to be included in this band of book bloggers. Reading is a true love of mine. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not making time to read as I love suspending reality, even if it’s for just an hour. Often it’s while my husband is watching sports or actually playing golf. During the summer, for a least one night a week, I’m a “golf widow”. I’ll admit that I take advantage of this time to read to my hearts content and have desert for dinner.
For me, reading is a way to escape and a way to “experience” things I never would experience in my world, that’s a positive right? Maybe, but not always. I’m an empath and I attach myself to what the characters feel. This can carry on for months, or I can leave it behind when I finish a story—and this is most definitely a qualifier when I’m rating a book. I believe that I can read about angst and drama because my home life is pretty mellow. Aside from reading, I enjoy gardening, lounging on my new “reading” deck, being crafty (Making bookmarks, cards, scrapbooking). Living in Colorado, my husband and I often take advantage of the sunny weather to go on motorcycle rides in the foothills and mountains. I discovered years ago to use this opportunity to listen to audio books on a long ride.
I got back into reading for fun after I finished decade working towards my BA. What got me back into it, almost as a sport, was regency romance. My favorites in this genre are Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balough, Lisa Kleypas, and Eloisa James. I shouldn’t even attempt to list my favorites in the Contemporary/Dark/Mafia/Comedic Romance genre. But fool that I am, I’ll list a few that bubble up to the top: Kristen Ashley, Renee Carlino, CD Reiss, JM Darhower & Helena Hunting.
HI! *waves from behind her kindle* I’m Loredana (rhymes with Madonna..one word, nope never said that one before). Confession time. I love books. Yes, I am a book-aholic and I’m not in recovery. Books are a magical wonderland for me. Regardless of genre, I fall so deeply into the pages of the story that I often forget that I’m not in the same room as the characters. I think I have to charge my kindle at least times per day since that sucker gets a battery workout on the regular. I’ve been addicted to books since I was a wee tot. Anytime there was a chance to read, I had my nose stuck in a book. All night book reads? Guilty. I’ll admit I stayed up all night to read book 7 of the Harry Potter series the same day I received it. There *may* have been other times it’s happened (wink, wink). I’m also a bit of a book hoarder; keeping all the books I have bought so I can revisit my friends throughout the years.
Anything is game from the classics (heart me some Pride and Prejudice), To Kill A Mockingbird and Gone With The Wind to Contemporary Romance (OMG, I LOVE Pucked by Helena Hunting, Brightside by Kim Holden, Fallen Crest Series by Tijan, and too many others to name). I’m lucky books speak to me in such a vivid and loud voice—my secret retreat.
When I’m not reading, you can find me chasing after my energetic poppet, practicing yoga, spoiling my cat or baking & cooking up a storm in the kitchen for my super hubs.
My favorite genres include: YA, NA, Contemporary Romance and Dystopian. Visit us on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/OUAPBlog so we can gush together over stories, characters and how they touched us!