I’m really excited to be taking part in the Blog Friends Forever Tour hosted by the wonderful ladies of Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast! The idea behind the blog hop was to spread blogger love and showcase the awesome bookish community. The best part of the blog hop? Each participant has a different topic and I’m loving how unique everyone’s responses has been. You can check out the full participation schedule here. And, Jana over That Artsy Reader Girl interviewed me for the blog hop and she’s giving away a book from your own wish list!
I’m about to get personal…when I was a child, I struggled with reading. A large part of it was because I spoke English in the house and my mom, who spoke Spanish went to enroll me in first grade and because she spoke primarily Spanish at the time, I was put in a bi-lingual class. My dad was away on a work related project for a few months and imagine his surprise at what I was learning on his return. Needless to say the next day I was moved into a regular classroom, but I was struggling because I was confused. He ordered some computer program to help with pronunciation, etc. I was back on track a few weeks later. Still to this day, if I’m asked to read something in public, I panic and quickly scan the document hoping there isn’t a word I don’t know how to pronounce.
I’m a big supporter of literacy projects for one main reason. I know the struggles I had growing up with reading and pronouncing words and I don’t want children to struggle with it. Plus my grandfather (my dad’s father) refused to go to school and didn’t even know how to write his own name until a few years ago when he took a writing class. He can’t read and only knows brand name products because of using them. Can you imagine living like that? Sadly, that’s a reality for a lot of people around the world. That’s why I fully believe children everywhere should have access to an education.
My topic for this blog hop was R.A.K. – Random Acts of Kindness. Recently, I lost shelf space and that meant having to get rid of books (noooooooooooo). I decided to do two things with the finished copies and ARCs I was never going to read. The first was to give a few bags of books to a friend who is a nurse. Nurses are vital to the medical community and after the View hosts treated them, I felt I needed to do something. A few months ago, I was at urgent care and a nurse inquired about a book I was reading. She mentioned how her fellow nurses often exchanged books and even gave away a few copies to patients. On Sunday, I’ll hand over a few bags for my friend to distribute among her own patients and fellow nurses.
The second involves the City of Albuquerque and a bus. In 2006, the city launched: Discover a Book on ABQ RIDE program. This lets children, teens, and even adults discover a book on a bus! Anyone who has had to rely on public transportation will tell you: there’s a lot of waiting and it can pretty boring!
I’m hoping the two boxes of books I donate will put a smile on someone’s face. Most importantly, I really hope it helps someone improve their reading skills and find a love for reading!
There are two giveaways. The first is the opportunity to win a hop wide gift card! There will be 3 winners: 1 person will win a $75 gift card, 1 person will win a $50 gift card, and 1 person will be a $25 gift card. This is open internationally, good luck!
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The second giveaway is hosted by me. Since the books I’m donating will benefit those in Albuquerque, I decided to give away the first book in the Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series: First Grave on the Right (and it’s a signed copy). The series takes place in ABQ and it’s about a private investigator who happens to be a grim reaper! Any incomplete task will be disqualified (therefore don’t say you completed a section when you didn’t. 😉 ) Giveaway ends on Tuesday, October 20th at Midnight MDT (2 am EDT). Open Internationally. Good luck!
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