Good morning all! This is Laura from iRead Book Tours hanging out at Book Journey. Going through Sheila’s review archive brought me back to the beginnings of my book blogging days. You see, Sheila and I started blogging around the same time, around 2008, I think it was? I had just published my novel Daughter of Mine and was getting to know more about book blogging. When I requested book reviews on Book Blogs, Sheila contacted me through that community and she reviewed my book!
So began my relationship with Sheila. I then visited Sheila’s blog more often and enjoyed her reviews and read many of the same books she did. Thank you, Sheila! One of them was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. She read it in 2010 and her review sparked my interest to the point where this became one of my book club choices and I read it in 2011, almost a year after she did.
Sheila said in her review of Fahrenheit 451, “I really was impressed by this reading and was surprised really how much I enjoyed the story line. I have never been one for sci-fi or futuristic reads but have to make an exception in this case. For as old as this book is (originally published as The Fireman in 1951), it is almost spooky how it speaks of censorship.”
I too am not one for sci-fi or futuristic reads, so I thought if she liked this classic, I should give it a try.
I’m so glad I did because it developed in me a love for dystopian books that had been tainted by 1984, a book I had once read in school and had not liked. When Sheila hosted the Read Dystopia Challenge 2012, I eagerly signed up.
Books like Fahrenheit 451 sparked my taste for different genres and for reading banned books. Sheila helped me discover new books through Book Journey and she is also responsible for my growing love of audio books. It quickly became clear that Sheila was a mover and a shaker, my kind of gal. Since she’s Christian, I can also rely on her mentioning content in her book reviews which I always appreciate.
So I’m going to continue to snoop around Sheila’s review archive (which reminds me I have to update mine!) while Sheila is off with her hubby enjoying her Australian adventure. I’m sure I’ll come across a few more books I read in the past, which will have me reminiscing again, and reminding me why I love book blogging and the work that I do.