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Introducing Me …
Hey, y’all! Welcome to Fabulous & Feisty, a blog where I discuss romance books purely because I love them myself. Although the future of this blog revolves around book recommendation lists and possibly even reviews, this installment is just introducing you to your wonderful host: me.
I have always loved reading — I genuinely think it is in my blood. I grew up with my mom constantly reading new Amish romances, and she encouraged my love of books from a young age.
I taught myself how to read in preschool, and I never stopped. I was reading fifth grade books in kindergarten, and in first grade, my teacher gave me her library card to borrow books with, because I was going through mine too quickly.
In second grade, I set a school-wide record for the most books read. Subsequently, I also got $200 out of a related bet with my father and bought myself a Nintendo 3DS with it. (I have always had ambitious goals.)
When I got to late middle school or early high school, I saw my first ad for Kindle Unlimited. It was a three month free trial, and I loved to read, so I gave in and tried it. My life was forever changed. Before this point, I was limited to whatever the library had or what I could convince my mother to buy me. Now, the options were endless.
If you are not quite sure what Kindle Unlimited is, for $10 a month, you get unlimited access to their entire database, which is predominantly romance. I found an author that I liked and went through their books and then just kept going through their recommendations. From there, I was hooked, although I was out of luck once my trial ended until I got my first debit card. When that happened, I was done for.
I have found so many good books through KU, so the majority of my recommendations will be available through it. I hate paying for books, period.
Romance has always been my top genre, although it was hard to admit that to myself at first. I placed a sort of stigma on romance novels, always thinking that they were somehow below other categories. While I now consider that thought a little sad, it is a legitimate way of thinking for many people.
That is one of my goals for this blog — to embrace my love for all things romance and stop judging myself for it. I love what I love, and I need to accept that.
I have read a lot of books — and I mean a lot. For the past year, I have read on average about a book every one and a half days; that adds up quickly. Although that has definitely slowed down now that I am at Kent State, I still love to read and find it to be my guilty pleasure.
With this long history of romance books, I have a lot to say about what I have read. I have seen it all, so to speak. I know the good, the bad and the ugly, and I cannot wait to share my findings with the world.
Expect a lot of recommendations from me, because I have tons but also expect a list of “what not to read” because I have tons of those as well. By the end, you will know my most personal secrets, AKA what I consider to be the best books of all times.
All in all, I just hope to have fun with this blog, although more than that, I want to make sure the readers have fun. I want this to be a safe space for everyone to just talk about romance books and not deal with anything else. With that being said, I cannot wait to get to the good stuff — the actual books.
Until next time …
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Hannah Keil is a freshman journalism major, and this is her first semester blogging for The Burr. When Hannah is not finishing all of her assignments at the last minute, she reads a copious amount of trashy romance novels (see her blog for more) and endlessly scrolls through TikTok. Once her time at Kent State is up, she hopes to combine her passions and become a travel blogger, exploring the world and telling people all about it. You can contact Hannah at her email firstname.lastname@example.org or keep up with her on Instagram @hannahkeil.