Rather than a “Hi my name is Whitney” for my introduction I thought it would be a nice overview to write a full-on history of my love for reading as it is my past, present and future.
When I was a baby my parents put down a buck, a beer and a book and depending on which order I went to them would determine my personality later. I crawled to the book first, followed by the buck and beer. This described my demeanor perfectly, I’m a bookworm who hoards money under her mattress and thinks beer tastes like tar.
I was so incredibly proud of myself when I first learned to read. We have a video, when I’m about seven of my brother’s birthday, I am snatching his birthday cards out of his hand as soon as he opens the envelope just to read them aloud to my little bro. Watching it now, I think I come off a little smug. But I like to think it’s in an endearing way.
In first grade, my teacher set up a writing lab for her class to publish little stories. Volunteer moms would type them up and put them in a book which was made of cut up cereal boxes, covered in wallpaper and sewn together. I believe this is where my affinity for writing began, because I soon after started writing stories in a journal. I recently looked through them and they mainly consisted of variations of Little House on the Prairie (my favorite books at the time).
After several 29 birthdays my love for reading has only increased. I love being transported to the likes of Hogwarts and Pemberley and find the experience of opening a book to be therapeutic.
In 2010, I started a book blog. I began blogging for a place to share my thoughts and discuss reading in general. I had no idea what a wonderful community and outlet it would become. I mainly read fiction, preferring Pinocchio as a puppet rather than “a real live boy”
I will always blog for me, the purpose of my blog was, and still is, an expression of who I am and if I blog with the mindset of what others want I would be untrue to myself. Who I think I am is an honest, quiet, witty person and hope that shows through in First Impressions Reviews
Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy my ramblings.