Uh..oh... Somebody's birthday is today. :) Yes.. you all guys have guessed it... its Ali's!! Today is Ali's 28th birthday! YAY! What a nice even number, I say!
To celebrate her birthday, I have decided to blog-jack her blog. :) How awesome of me is that, hehe.
One day, Ali asked me to blog about a certain topic. So here I go.. the question is:
Why do I read Romance??
That is a very good question.. a question that in fact I have never really thought about. Sure I have had people who dont read romance (or read anything for that matter) ask me why I read romance, but ofcourse.. I dont take them seriously. I just give them a fast answer, such as... because I love to read or because why wouldn't anyone want to read romance? LOL. Does anyone else do the same thing? How does one react when a non-romance reader (or non-reader period) ask why do you read romance? Ofcourse... when I answer, immediately people tend to roll their eyes.. especially men. I'm so use to it.. it doesn't even bother me anymore, lol.
So... Why do I read romance? There are several reasons why, but basically the simple fact is, I love it! I'm in love with romance. I love the connection between two people, the trials and the sacrifice that they go through in order to get to their main destination. Its nice to see the two characters grow together and see how compatible they are. The emotions I experience at times when I read a romance book, feels like I'm the one thats loving.. I'm the one being loved. Having said that, romance gives me hope.. even when I dont have the hope to one day find that one true love, that hope still lingers on. It also keeps me satisfied. It makes me realize that no body is perfect.. at all, and that even with all your flaws, that prince charming is still out there.
I love putting myself (at times) as the heroine. I sometimes even imagine myself as the person on the cover! Even though i know that these readings are a work of fiction.. its always nice to get away. I mean common... who doesn't want to escape with that tall dark handsome man? Pfft! I would, in a heart beat!
OOOO.. and then we have the HEAs!! Gotta love the happy endings in the books. Without a HEA.. the book might not be worth a read whatsoever. I read romance so that I can read some happy ever afters!!! It's always nice to think that there are happy endings. :) I know that Ali is a sucker for those HEAs!!!
And last but not least, needless to say.. in everything I pretty much read or even watch.. I look for the romance. Its just natural, lol. A couple years ago, I was reading a Dean Koontz book, in this particular story there was a couple... I waited and waited for the romance. Nothing.. I waited forever. :( I was pretty dissapointed. Until then, I hadn't really realized that I do this. I look for romantic elements in everything!
This is why I read romance.
For Ali's special day today, I have decided to have a give-a-away. We all know how much Ali loves to have give-aways.. so I only though that it would be appropriate.
The giveaway will be a $10.00 gift certificate to Amazon or a book of your choice up to $10 dollar value from the Book Depository . This giveaway is also open to our international friends.
All you would have to do is two things: 1) Wish Ali a Happy Birthday! and 2) Answer the following question: "Why do you read Romance?"
This give-away, will be open until Monday. Ali will then chose one winner. Make sure to check back then to see if you've won!
No words can ever express how much you mean to me. We've had our days and our times, but here we are still. I don't think theres any other person who can quite understand me - and even when you dont, you try and that is all I can ever ask..
On this very special day Ali, I wish you the very best. You deserve it. You have such a golden heart, you give so much of yourself and expect so little. In fact, you expect nothing. You dont find very many gems such as yourself in today's world. Not only are you beautiful on the outside, but more so in the inside.
When I am in need of something, a friend to talk to, a shoulder to cry on or a lending hand, you are always there for me. For this I thank you for the bottom of my heart. I could never repay everything you have done for me, that would be impossible. But I do hope that I am also that one person you can go to. I will always be there for you.. even if it means being an alibi for you because you killed someone (haha,jk) and I will be on your side the one day THEY decide to go after you, LOL.
I love you so much! Like you said before, "Not only are you my cousin, you are my best friend" this rings true all the way. I cherish our times together and look forward to them all the time.
My dear Ali... I hope you have the best 28th birthday ever.. and the best 28th year of your life!
With lots of love,