I’m Bree…a 31-year-old who is completely addicted to reading and coffee. My love of books began at an early age, I learned to read at the age of 3. In 1st grade I read 200 books, and by the 3rd grade I was reading books meant for the kids in grades 5 and 6. My love of reading has never diminished over time – though there are periods that I’m unable to read, I will still find myself perusing the aisles of bookstores for more books to add to the ever-expanding “to be read” shelf.
My affection for all things coffee was a bit slower of a start – my dad was always a coffee drinker but my mom hated the stuff. I’d always enjoyed the smell, personally, and could handle it only if it was mixed with International Delights creamer (and a LOT of it, almost half and half). Then I started working as a barista at Starbucks and I was literally forced to try every drink they offer, as well as try every type of bean they have in a French press. And then I was done – I was a full-on coffee lover from that point on, at the age of 29. Although I don’t work for Starbucks anymore, I do enjoy their handcrafted beverages on occasion, and anxiously wait for their specialty beans to come out each season.
You will notice that I read a lot of genres – I’m not too picky when it comes to books and will give almost anything a go at least once. My favorites are young adult, dystopia, and contemporary fiction, but that doesn’t mean I won’t throw in a romance, sci-fi fantasy or memoir if it intrigues me. 9 times out of 10, I will choose a book by it’s cover – I know they say not to, but for me, if a cover catches my eye, I’m more likely to pick it up and read the blurb. The other 1 time of 10, it’s by word-of-mouth from a friend or trusted reviewer. I hope that I will become a trusted reviewer to some and will be able to help readers choose amazing books to spend their time with.
In my personal life I’m a single mom of 2 – my kids are everything to me, and we love to have amazing adventures together! They are 10 and 8 years old, and two of the highlights of my life. I work as a night-shift lab analyst so I keep very crazy hours (which works for me…I always said I’d like to be able to skip mornings, and now I can, lol!) I’m also a computer whiz, I love technology (unless it’s not working, at which point I want to throw it across the room), photography and graphic design.