About One Million Page Princess
One of the simplest pleasures in life is to read. Whether it’s curled up on the couch with a warm cup of tea, or laid back on the sand with sun beating down on you, reading is one of the easiest ways to relax.
I love to read. I always have. When I was a toddler I was most at peace walking up and down the aisles of book stores or libraries, and would throw tantrums that involved violent kicking and painful sobs when my parents dragged me out. That was before I even knew the alphabet. By the time I was in kindergarten I had read Moby Dick (see: “Matilda”) and was constantly getting in trouble for being caught reading under my covers with a flashlight after lights out. Rewards for good behavior or strong report cards were of course, trips to the library, or if I was really lucky, a favorite book was actually purchased to add to my already overflowing collection. This passion for the written word has continued into adulthood, and while my parents no longer reward me for eating all my vegetables, they do know where to buy gift cards should they need a gift for me.
In 2013 I read 28 books totaling 10,000 pages. Sure – to some this may seem like a lot, but to anyone who loves reading as much as me, you know this is a small drop in the ocean. As I rang in 2014, amidst the clinking of champagne glasses, sequined dresses and bow ties, I couldn’t help but think of Jay Gatsby and the glamour that was the jazz age. Jay was a man who was so in love with something, so completely head over heels enamored that he made it his mission in life to capture it, and to make it his. To Jay, Daisy was his one true love, and he died trying to hold onto her. No matter what happens in life, I know that one of my true loves is the written word.
Noun’s are fleeting, but the impressions they leave behind are eternal.
That is why, in the glamour of those first few minutes of 2014, I decided to really step up my game. 52 books in one year. A book a week, and all the while working towards reading 1,000,000 pages of literature in my lifetime. I managed to do it, and this blog became a way for me to keep track of the journey, and share with you all some of the incredible (and not so incredible) literature I tackled over the year.
As 2014 progressed, many publishing houses became aware of my goal, and my reviews, and I started getting requests to review their material before it was published. Obviously this was a dream come true, and I now review books regularly. Funny how things unfold isn’t it?
With 2015 came a full overhaul on the design of this blog (a huge thank you to Daymarker Digital), along with a much needed break from the ‘obligation’ of reading. It also brought on a return to full time education, which meant REAL obligatory readings that have so far left very little time for reading what I want to. It’s a juggling act, but such is life, and I am very proud of my little blog, and will continue to review books (albeit at a rate much slower than one a week) for as long as people reach out to me and say, “Hey, what should I read next?”. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to catch up with me here or on social media!
May the force be with you.
One Million Page Princess
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