My name’s Gina (Gin or Geebee for short)… and I’m a bookaholic. I’m 33 (March 2010), married since July 1st, 2000, and have two kids, Vanessa (9) and Mathieu (7&1/2) (the kids are 16 months apart.) I work from 9am to 3pm with my family for our automotive shop; repairs, high-performance and engine rebuilding (the latter is our specialty). I’m the ‘Office Manager/Gopher/Finder’ – the one who takes care of Accounts Payable and Receivable, the one who goes to get whatever’s needed, and the one who seems to find whatever’s missing – as long as it’s someone else’s missing work or tools. If it’s my own, LOL!, I couldn’t find it with a magnifying glass! I grew up around the Quarter-Mile Drag strip and I’m a sucker for a hot Muscle Car. My parents own a 1973 Dodge Challenger Rally, 440 (engine), Top Banana Yellow in colour and white vinyl interior. While the Challenger will always be my favourite car (got to use it for my wedding!), the 1964 Ford Mustang comes in close second, especially if it’s a red convertible with a red leather interior. The ’57 Chevy Bel Air two door hardtop comes in close third. *sigh*
Enough about cars or I’ll be here another 6 hours, LOL! Now…
For as long as I can remember, you wouldn’t see me around without a book, either. As a kid, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys drew my attention, as well as Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. In my early teens, I was hooked on R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, Sweet Valley High and the Babysitter’s Club. Later, I’d read my mom’s Danielle Steel collection (she has them all), V.C. Andrews (she has them all) and Stephen King (she has them all as well, LOL!)
When I first moved out of my parents and in with my then-boyfriend-now-hubby, I was busy enough between home and work that I only read my mom’s novels: Danielle Steel, Stephen King, VC Andrews, Sidney Sheldon.
As for my bookaholism… It all started, or should I say grew, when my husband started working full-time nights, five nights a week. Having only one vehicle and two babies less than 16 months apart, I got stuck at home just about every night, including weekends. Books were a way of keeping myself from feeling lonely and bored. A friend (while on vacation with hubby and kids), said to me, ‘if you like Danielle Steel, you’ll love Nora Roberts’. 2 months later, I found out something. She was right! I now own and have read every single Nora Roberts novel, including her pseudonym J.D. Robb (my fave series of all-time!) When the kids were asleep, the dishes done, laundry getting done, books gave me an… well, outlet, for lack of a better word. A place to escape from the everyday reality, even if only for a little while.
It’s been 7 and a half years, almost 8 years, since I bought my first book (after reading every single book my mother owned.) I now have 1 – 5-shelf bookcase full to stuffed (books in rows, books on top of books, books in between rows of books), and a second almost full, and a third just waiting to be started. I try an author, and if I like, I buy them all. I adore paranormal/supernatural – tops for me!, romantic suspense, thrillers, horrors, mysteries, comedies… I seldom read straight romance, but I don’t dislike them. I won’t read biographies (to me, that’s homework and I’m no longer in school, LOL!), real-life/crime novels (I get enough of that watching the news or Court TV), or self-help. So basically, I won’t read Non-Fiction. Click on My Fave Authors page for a list of who I read (please be advised – orders are subject to change as I find new authors all of the time and I can guaranty some are not posted).
I read approximately 2 to 5 books a week, give or take, depending on how busy I am.
So yes, I admit it, loud an proud… I’m a BOOKAHOLIC!
… Are You?
If you’d like to get in touch with me without leaving a comment, you can always e-mail me at: geebee_”at”hotmail dot com. (Email address spelled this way to prevent spam.)