Hey guys! I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but my 1 year blogoversary is this weekend! This year went by really fast…but it still seems like longer since I met all the awesome people I’ve gotten to know. In a couple of days I’ll post a blogoversary giveaway…but in the meantime check out this post from the super-awesome Becky at Escapism Through Books!
Gather ’round, gather ’round! I have a story to tell…
This one time, at band camp… No, no, no… Sorry. Wrong story.
It was a dark and stormy night… Oops, wrong again. Dang it!
Once upon a time, there was a magical internet realm called Goodreads, where everyone was happy and discussed books and stories, and where I met a Wishbone avatarred Allison in TNBBC. We became instant friends, both of us being so incredibly awesome and all, and it wasn’t long before she started pushing books on me. I think probably 3 minutes or so.
Now I’m a pretty easy going reader. I like a whole lot of stuff, and will read just about anything. But there was just one story that I had pretty much no intention of reading… and that happened to be what I think may be Allison’s favorite series ever – well next to Harry Potter, anyway – which is “Anne of Green Gables”.
You see, I’d tried to read this book when I was a kid, and it didn’t go well. All I could remember was a seemingly endless description of a stream in the first chapter. I was young, I was bored, I was not interested in what the stream looked like or sounded like or felt like when it ran over one’s toes… Or where it started or ended or which towns it ran through or what kind of rocks were on the bottom… I wanted something to happen! … and nothing did. At least not within my younger self’s there and gone attention span. So I set the book aside, and pretty much avoided it ever after.
Well, Allison had other ideas. Apparently swearing off “Anne of Green Gables” is taboo on her planet. So she wore me down, like water eroding rock… kind of like a stream, you might say, and eventually I gave in and found a copy of the book. I only got it of course because the cover is so sweet, of course. Not because Allison won or anything. I mean look at that cover and tell me it is not adorably sweet! Go ahead, I’ll wait.
So I got the book, and eventually I even read it…
And I loved it. My younger self was a horribly bad judge of book quality – at least when it came to Anne. (I still stick to my guns on everything else!) The endless stream description was less than a paragraph, and the story was so sweet, and funny, and touching that I could not imagine why my younger self couldn’t see it. Tsk! Just as soon as someone invents a time machine, I’m going back to give me a piece of my mind.
Anyway, so… Mission accomplished, Allison. You got me to read my “Ugh… THAT book!” book, and even proved me wrong about it. +1 Allison!
Now Allison has this lovely blog where she can push a plethora of books on hundreds of people all the time. This must be a sign of the impending apocalypse.
If you need me, I’ll be in the fallout bunker. (Unless this is a zombie apocalypse, in which case… I’m not home.)
Happy Blogoversary, Allison, and here’s to another year of being pushy!