… DIANA @gumshoereads!

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Congratulations Diana on winning the Jane Austen book set, notebook, and bookmark! I hope you enjoy!!

THANK YOU ALL for entering and following me! I’m already working on my goals for next year, and I’ve got more giveaways in the future- so stick around and enjoy some more bookish fun!

And, while we’re all here, how about a book tag? The Newbie Book Tag!

So I know I’m not technically “new”, but I still feel like a Newbie and y’all don’t get a whole lot of personal info from me. So when I saw this via Books, Netflix and Tea, I thought that it was a great tag and good way for you guys to get to know a little more about me and why I started “The Lexington Bookie”!

  1. Why did you start this blog?

Initially, it was a new years resolution to read more and maintain a blog (because I’ve started about half a dozen poorly done blogs, and then gave up on them). After about a year of growth, I started enjoying the process, and noticed that y’all were reading my stuff and enjoying it too! So from there, I wanted to put more effort into what I was doing, and really have fun with it for both myself and my audience! Oh, also, it’s a great way to remember everything I’ve read- after a while, it all sort of blurs together.

  1. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to blogging?

(Miss America answer here…) Seriously, you all are my inspiration- all you bloggers out there who are reading and reviewing, and writing about your lives and experiences… so I take a lot of cues from you. But I try really hard to put my truth and honesty into everything I write- I think everyone does- and that’s about as unique as I can get. For the fun- haha these tags give me such a kick every time!

  1. What are you most excited about for this new blog?

I like getting to discuss reads with new people, and actually, through this blog I found a local book club which I’m very excited about joining! So definitely sharing my love of books with other book lovers!

  1. Why do you love reading?

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I’ve got about a million reasons, so I’ll narrow it down to my top five. One: The escape, the ability of the mind to fall into a story and be carried away while the body is still relaxing in bed/on the couch/etc. Two: The travel. I’ve only left the US briefly when I went to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, but because of reading, I’ve been to all the continents, dozens of countries, many futuristic worlds, and many of them several times. Three: The characters become new friends, or mentors, or idols, or representatives of people whose values differ (and therefore help define) mine. Four: the plot twists! It’s a great reminder that just when you think you have things figured out, you may actually have no clue. Five: the wisdom. I learn so much from books, and they have truly helped shape the person that I am, the person I am proud to be. I have lived many lives, have seen so many things, in the short amount of time that I’ve been on this earth and reading.

  1. What book or series got you into reading?

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I’ve always had my nose in a book for as long as I can remember, but lordy it’s hard to recall what those books were. I can tell you I read all the Junie B. Jones books, and most of the Ramona books, and all the American Girls and Dear America books. Those definitely kept me turning pages. And then, when Harry Potter came along…. I mean you don’t quit after you find magic like that!

  1. What questions would you ask your favorite author?

I have a few favorite authors, so I would like them all to answer this: How do you develop all these characters, and how real are they to you? How far do you imagine their existence?

  1. What challenges do you think will be the hardest to overcome?

I struggle with balancing time between reading, writing, and being active on social media with time for socializing, working, and having time for other self care. I love being busy, but I’m also really great at burning myself out, so although I’ve been trying to stay balanced, it’s a constant challenge.

  1. When did you start reading?

I know I could read in Kindergarten, like small things, so I guess I was around 5 or so. I was one of three kids, so my parents always read us bedtime stories, but I don’t recall trying to read on my own. The first memory I have of really reading for my own enjoyment was first grade. My two best friends at the time were really good readers, and I was always trying to keep up with them on the reading chart that my teacher kept. I wanted as many stickers (completed books) as they had. And by the time I made it through the grade, I was a regular at the library. By the time I was in fourth grade, my librarian (Hey Mrs. Lyman!) taught me how to check out my own books, haha!

  1. Where do you read?

Everywhere. In bed, on the couch, in my hammock, at work, at lunch, on breaks, in the waiting room at appointments… haha everywhere. I always have a book or two with me at all times. It’s why my purse is so big- it has to fit books too!

  1. What kind of books do you like to read?

My favorite is historical fiction, but I read a little bit of everything! I like changing things up so I never get bored.

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