Behind the smoke and mirrors…

Why did I create this blog?

Once upon a time…

Books have always had a special place in my heart. For as long as I can remember, I had at least one book with me. By the time I was in high school, it had evolved to rotating a minimum of three. But then somehow as life changed and got quite hard at times, I gave up books.

Lost in the woods…

I had quite a life change. I was a divorced single mom. I couldn’t remember the last time I picked up a book that wasn’t for school. Then I fell into Booktube, Bookstagram, and Twitter. Something deep inside me sparked. The love I had felt for falling into words unknown was back. It started with one book I saw on twitter that looked amazing, followed by a suggested book by Amazon. Both arrived, and within the first chapters of the recommended book (A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause), I was ready to dive back into the multitude of words that books could bring. Something still didn’t feel right though until a few weeks later when I was attempting to do the Contemporary-a-thon, hosted by a vary of amazing booktubers. That was where I fell in love with Emily and Simon(Well Met by Jen DeLuca). Through Emily and the found family of Willow Creek, I found something more powerful than my favorite book. I found myself again.

Mirror, Mirror

From that first book reawakening back in August, the idea of blogging my reviews bounced around my head. So as my new year resolution, here I am making my blog. The Usual Bookspects will feature book reviews of a variety of genres, creative writing samples from pieces I am working on, and bits and bobs from my life. Here is to new beginnings and finding favorites.