The Jingle Book Blog Hop
Happy holidays to you readers! For this Jingle Book Blog Hop (hosted by Fire and Ice Book Promos) I wasn't quite sure what to write that was Christmas related. I've never really been one to have the Christmas spirit or be excited for the holidays. Maybe that has something to do with growing up Catholic and having it shoved down my throat every year.
But then I realize, one of my all time favorite family traditions was a Christmas one and I'm going to share it with you.
I'll start off by saying that I started reading at a really early age. I somehow convinced my Dad to teach me to read at around 4 years old, before I even went to school. From there, I read everything I could get my hands on. Even to this day, I just love to learn. I would read shampoo bottles and soup can ingredients and junk mail and everything in between.
Growing up, I only ever had one living grandparent and only one Christmas to go to each year. For our gifts each year, we got to choose one $20 gift card to any place of our choosing. Most of my cousins would choose places to get clothes or sporting goods stores. I've always been the youngest by more than 5 years and I was always a bit of a copier. But when it came to my Christmas gift, every year my grandmother would ask me what I wanted, and every year I would tell her the same thing: I was a gift card to Barnes & Noble. It was the only bookstore close to us.
So even though I knew what I was getting in my little card each year, I would still be over the moon. It was the only time I was allowed to buy books for myself and I'd beg my mother to take me to the bookstore within days of getting the gift card for it. She would take me, and it would always be the last stop of the day. I'd sometimes spend hours deciding what to get and doing the math to see just how many I could take home. My wonderful mother would patiently wait the entire time without a word because I only got to do it once I year.
And on the way home we would always stop and grandma's house so I could show her each book I picked out and what they were about. I was just so enthusiastic about getting new books I couldn't help but gush about what I was going to read first. Even to this day, my grandma and I share a special bond over books. I even recently taught her how to use her knew Kindle that she got a few Christmases ago, but she's decided to stick to real books. I guess we know which side of the debate she landed on.
I hope you all have a great holiday and enjoy the great prizes being offer on this blog hop. For mine, I'm offering any ebook you like (up to $10) for you to enjoy this holiday season.