How Reading Has Helped My Anxiety.

 

Anxiety has played a huge role in my life. I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember. I had a very stressful childhood and the only way I could seem to escape it was by getting lost in a book. When I read, I zone out of the real world and all I think about are the characters in the book and their lives.

Having my nose stuck in a book is a comfort to me.  If I’m really anxious, I can read for hours and hours if time allows. Sometimes I have to do adult things and just suck it up, but as soon as I can, I pull out that book.

I don’t just use books to mask my anxiety. I’ve tried counseling, medicine and more. Books seem to help the most at calming me down. Have you experienced anything like this with reading?

I would love to hear your stories. Please feel free to comment below or email me at sheisfondofbooks@gmail.com

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If I Could Be Any Character From A Book…

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What if you had the ability to take over your favorite character’s identity in real life?

Who would you choose? 

I had to rack my brain a while on this one. I love so many of the female characters I have read about. Choosing just one was a difficult decision. After thinking a couple days on it, I chose FBI Agent Riley Paige from A Riley Paige Mystery series by Blake Pierce.

There are a total of 12 books in the series. I will be reading #6 soon. I’ve read so much about her life in the last 5 books that I feel like I personally know her. Blake Pierce does an exceptional job creating his characters!

Here are a few reasons why I picked Riley Paige: 

She is an everyday woman, facing struggles just like the rest of us. The series is not only about her capturing serial killers. Blake gives us a glimpse into Riley’s personal life and her battles. She is trying to juggle being a mom while working long hours and a dangerous job, trying to deal with her own worries, and the complications of her love life…or lack of.

Riley struggles the most with her relationship with April. She is constantly at war with herself. She feels like she is a bad mother for putting in so many hours with her job and also bringing danger to April. April and Riley have their bad times, but the author also shows us how they really do love each other so much.


Riley is the most kick-ass woman I’ve read about! Riley is a BOSS when it comes to being bad ass! She puts her everything into solving a case and NEVER gives up. She will even risk her life to catch someone just so the world can have one more monster off the streets. Riley is a great fighter, but she doesn’t always win….but she always comes out on top!


Riley is a determined woman. Riley is one of the best Agents at getting herself into the mind of a serial killer so she can catch them faster. With that being said, the Special Agent in Charge, Carl Walder, gives Riley hell all the time. He is always threatening to pull her gun and badge if she doesn’t do what he instructs because he is a know it all who thinks he is always right. He has a bad complex.

Riley has disobeyed him plenty of times because she knew she was close to finding the killer. She wasn’t going to stop until she found them, even if it did mean losing her badge.


Riley is a smart woman. Riley has the rare ability to put herself into the mind of the serial killer she is chasing. She is quick to think and she listens to her gut, which has never steered her wrong. She figures out information more than most of the other Agents in the Buro.


She has an adrenaline filled life. I’m an adrenaline junkie, so her job sounds pretty exciting to me! I know the book isn’t completely the same as in real life, but I enjoy imagining I’m part of all the excitement anyways!


Those are some of the reasons I would choose FBI Agent Riley Paige. 

If you had the same opportunity to do the same thing, who would you pick?

One can download the first book in the series, Once Taken, for free on Amazon by clicking HERE. I’m sure you can on other platforms, but I only use Amazon so I’m not sure.

Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery--Book #1) by [Pierce, Blake]

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Book Blogging 101:How to get started!

I spent countless hours trying to figure out how to get noticed in the book blogging world and what I needed to do to accomplish that. I told myself IF I learned how to do this, I would write a how-to on book blogging so others don’t have to go through what I did. Sure, there is information on the internet, but it’s all scattered out and sometimes the blog posts didn’t give me much more info that I already knew.

I really needed to learn all the basics of getting started first. I can’t walk you through all the technicals of creating your website, but I can help a newbie learn what to do and what not to do when it comes to content, your blog, social media & more!

I am providing a sample of Book Blogging 101: How to get started! in this post. I don’t have all the answers and I’m learning each day, but I can help you get started and on the right path. I hope to have this done soon. Once I do, I will make a post and let you know! I will be offering it in a PDF format so you can print it out. It will probably only be about 50-80 pages, but it will be full of meaningful content.

If all goes well, I may upload it to Amazon so I can offer it as an e-book. I will be offering this for only .99 starting out and then it will be $2.99! I looked into blogging courses when I first started out, but a lot of them were so expensive! I want everyday people, like me to be able to learn how to dive into book blogging!

I’ll be providing you info on what I have found works best for me with social media, how to start getting ARCS and becoming involved in blog tours & so much more. It’s all the info I wish I had when I started out!

I hope you enjoy!


SNEAK PEEK! Please keep in mind that I haven’t finished editing this sample yet. I will also be adding more to this section as I continue writing!

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After you pick out your blog name, you need to start the process of building a website. There are several sites out there, but I found WordPress to be the best for me right now. I decided to go with the personal plan, which cost me $48 a year…but to me, it was worth it! Blogging is all about trial and error. If you find that WordPress isn’t working for you, try out some different platforms. I just personally felt like WordPress was the easiest for me.

Why did I choose the personal plan instead of the free plan? 

The personal plan comes with some extra perks. The most important perks to me were having my own domain, having email & live chat support and also having the WordPress.com ads removed from my blog. You don’t have to do any paid plan starting out unless you decide it’s best for you. I’m seriously OCD when it comes to some things, so it drove me crazy having the ads and having my website as http://www.sheisfondofbooks.wordpress.com instead of http://www.sheisfondofbooks.com. It’s totally your choice…there’s no wrong way starting out. You can still start your blog without spending a dime.

Building your website…

WordPress has tons of free templates you can use, but it can still get confusing! I definitely utilized the tech support when it came to figuring out how to do dropdowns on my menu & etc. Let me tell you, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into building my blog, but don’t forget I’m totally OCD and felt like it had to be perfect. I wish I could give you advice on actually building the website itself, but I relied on WordPress tech support ALOT! The live chats came in handy…and you can ONLY get that with the personal plan or higher.

Your blog is your baby…

Whatever you do, DO NOT FORGET this! I can’t stress this enough. You have to nurture your blog for it to grow. It’s a lot of work being a blogger. It takes up more of my free time than I thought possible. Don’t go into blogging thinking you are going to become an instant hit…it takes work! The hard work can be very rewarding though. Don’t forget the rewards of being a book blogger when you are having a bad blog day. Getting ARCs and free books to read and review are my rewards! Keeps me motivated and happy!

When I feel like I’m getting burned out, I take a day or two off from blogging to get my self back together. I still stay active on my social media during that time, which I’ll get into later. If you decide to take some time off, I wouldn’t recommend an extended time. I’ve seen a HUGE drop in my numbers if I go more than two days without posting.

What to post… 

I only post about book-related topics, but this is YOUR site. The best part of being a blogger is not having to answer to anyone. However, If you do decide to post about multiple topics, be sure to have a menu and have everything organized by category.  That will make it easier for the reader. I enjoy reading blogs myself, so I say from experience that I will leave a blog if it’s mess and there is no organization.

First Impression…

First impressions are E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! Have you ever visited someone’s blog and you can immediately tell the blogger has put very little effort into it?  If someone doesn’t feel like their blog is worthy of effort, why would I take my time to read any posts? Nope…

Take your time getting your blog ready for your debut as a book blogger! I spent over a month preparing mine before I published it. Mine was nowhere near perfect when I did, but it was put together and in my opinion, easy for the reader to navigate. I am still working every day on something new. I am proud of my blog and I want others to also see that.

Don’t reveal your blog with just a few posts. I didn’t publish TONS at first, but I posted enough to show readers my blogging style. I still don’t have a lot of content on my blog, but I know one day I will. I don’t want to rush posts and just post anything to make my blog look bigger. Create meaningful content, stuff people actually want to read. I have learned to be very patient. Rushing into something typically turns into a disaster, at least for me.

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