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Friday, April 01, 2011

Happy Birthday Ali!!! & Why Do I Read Romance?

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!



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Dear Ali,

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,

Eli

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75 comments:

Melissa Schroeder said...

First of all, I cannot believe you are 28! You definitely don't look it. I hope you have a wonderful birthday.
don't enter me in the contest;)

Linda Henderson said...

A very happy birthday to you Ali, hope you have a wonderful day. I read romance to find that happily ever after that has alluded me in real life.

GFC follow as seriousreader

seriousreader at live dot com

Damla (Sweepstake Lover) said...

Happy Birthday!!!
I read romance, because I love that atmosphere and emotion. I feel as if I experience the same things happening there and I become happy (or sad) for the characters :)

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

Jean P said...

Happy Birthday, have a wonderful day! I read romance to escape from the day to day realities and I just like to read it.

GFC follower: Jean P

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Carol L. said...

Happy Birthday Ali, 28 is such a wonderful age. :) I hope your day is filled with much joy and love.
I read Romance because I think I'm in love with Love. lol
It's great to sit back and be removed from my life to live in the lives of the H/H. To experience all the joys they do and all their adventures without any of the backlash.
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

LadyVampire2u said...

Have a wonderful birthday Ali! May you get all your hoping for and more.
I read romance books because real life is not the fairy tale with the happy ending usually. Life comes with way more responsibilities, hardships and let downs then I would like. I read to take my mind off all of those things. I suppose I can say that reading about happiness and love makes me believe in it and that I can find that perfect match for me.

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

ruthhill74 said...

Hope you have a happy birthday Ali!
And I love to read romance because I like to read stories where women and men basically fall in love and have the fairy tale romance work between them other than it does in real life.
ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

Kulsuma said...
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Kulsuma said...

Have a great birthday!
I read romance because who doesn't want to immerse themselves in love?
GFC follower
k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

Katy said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have an AMAZING day!

I read romance, because it is a feel good genre.It leaves you happy and hopeful...not stressed and sad like some other genres lol

hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

Ramblings of a Part time Druid said...

Happy Happy Birthday.

gfc follower.

I read romance cause I look the soppy, lovey dovey stuff and I have some of it at home.. but you can never have too much.

LindsayWrites said...

happy birthday! (but is it REALLY your birthday..it IS april fools day...) lol.

follower!

americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

Mary said...

Happy Birthday!! How wonderful, hope you have a fantastic birthday!

I read romance novels because I don't get much of it myself and I am a romantic person by nature. But my husband is not. So I read them to fill that void and it helps a lot.
Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Mary

mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

Happy Birthday Ali!!! It's my sis-in law's birthday today too, she's 29. I hope you both have a great day

I love to read romance because it's my escape and stress reliever. I'm a stay at home mom of three and there are very hectic days, getting lost in a book and leaving reality behind in a great story puts me at ease

june111(at)att(dot)net

latishajean said...

Happy Birthday to you ! have a great day.I read romance because I love it and have no romance in my life! I like to get lost in a great story. Great giveaway thank you so much!
tishajean@ charter.net

PatriciaRasey said...

Happy Birthday, Ali...may you have a wonderful day! Why do I read romance? Because of the HEA. I can walk away with a smile on my face. What an escape from today's world when at times we need it.

Tammy said...

Happy Birthday Ali!
I read romance because when I read about the characters falling in love it makes me feel like I'm falling in love all over again. **sigh**

GFC follower: Tammy
tammyweisensel(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thanks!!

throuthehaze said...

Happy Birthday Ali!
I read romance because it is a nice vacation from reality :)

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Aleetha said...

Happy Birthday Ali. Wished you tons of happiness. Have another365 marvelous days :)

I'd love to read romance because I think I need to broaden my reading range.

aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

Hannah said...

Happy, happy birthday! As a fellow 28 year old, I can assure you this is a most excellent age!

I read romance because I love the idea that two people are genuinely meant to be together; that two people can not only complete each other, but bring out the best in one another.

theirishbanana.review@gmail.com

~Hannah

Wolf Bear said...

1. Happy Birthday Ali. 28 is a great age to be . . . enjoy it!

2. I read Romance Books because they are a wonderful escape from the difficulties of real life and it's the only way I get my happily-ever-after. I put myself in the place of the heroine, time after time after time, and fall in love with the hero over and over and over. Reading romance books beats getting a divorce, hands down!
--Vonda
2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net

Stacie said...

Happy Birthday Ali!!!!

I read romance because I like to take on the emotions of whoever is in the story. Romances usually have a rollercoaster of emotions. It is fun to experience thru a great story.

user1123 AT comcast DOT net

Beverly said...

Stopped by for the Fool for Books giveaway hop -

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Happy BD Ali!
I read and love romance cause there is always a a feeling of excitement at the realization that you love someone and they love you back.

I'm a new follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
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alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

Lanta said...

Happy birthday Ali!

I read romance for the same reason as the other genres I read - good characters and gripping plots! I don't really differentiate between genres that much, I'll read anything that looks interesting.

atalanta@mayitbe.co.uk

Miranda Grissom said...

WooooooHoooooo! Happy Birthday Ali!!!!! I hope it Rocks!!! I read romance because I loooooooooove it! :)

Miranda

Twisted Haute Mess said...

Happy Birthday Ali!! Hope you have an awesome day & weekend!

And I read romance because for me it's just as exciting as watching an action movie or a thriller. I get wrapped up in the drama and intensity of love stories. Oh, and it feeds my pervy mind sometimes too.

brandim311 at gmail

Abby said...

Happy Birthday again Ali! I wished you earlier here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/simplyali1/posts/10150174113063708

Anyway, I LOVE romance! I am a sucker for it unfortunately. Even though I know that romance is hard to come by in real life I just love the fantasy that it may actually happen. That's the short answer in order not to create spammage

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Miss Page-Turner said...

Happy happy Birthday *throws virtual confetti*
I read romance because it's a genre that is allowed to be about feelings:)

goldie-mail(AT)web(DOT)de

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!!! Enjoy yourself!

Why do I read romance? Oh wow, I think it is because deep down beneath the facade I am a secret romantic at heart, so reading romance not only feeds my imagination but also feeds my need for romance. To feel the emotions (makes me sound like an empath junkie doesn't it)

GFC Follower

Maureen said...

Happy Birthday Ali! I hope you have a lovely day.
I read romance because I really enjoy the journey the characters have to make in order to get to their HEA.
mce1011 aT aol DOT com

Andrea I said...

Have a wonderful birthday. I read Romance for relaxation.

lillieblue613(at)gmail(dot)com

linda2060 said...

Happy Birthday Ali!
I read romance partly because I love the emotion in the books. It make me happy and it I just love sitting down and picking up a romantic book to reading about love and life. I also read romance for they guys! A strong male character who knows what he wants makes a happy me.
GFC follower: lindadao2060
Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

winnie said...

Happy Birthday Ali! May all your wishes come true! :)

As for why I read romance, it's because I found that I'm usually drawn to the romance elements in any kind of story and also because I am a hopeless romantic. So I love the idea of love and romance! I also love how I can look forward to the HEA's at the end no matter how rough the hero and heroine's relationship gets.

chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

Jason said...

Happy Birthday Ali!

I only read romance books when I'm reading them to my girlfriend. Sometimes she reads them to me and sometimes I read them to her. It's a nice way to spend our time together and it makes her happy.

JSmulders@hotmail.ca

Judit said...

Happy Birthday, Ali! Have a wonderful day and celebrate it properly :)

I don't really know why a read romance. I just know that it makes me feel very very good :)

GFC follower (judit)

judittten at gmail dot com

Christie said...

Have a wonderful birthday Ali! I read romance because it gives me that little happy fuzzy feeling inside even when I'm having a rough day :)


swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

Happy Birthday Ali, came over through the fool for books bloghop and had no idea that it was your birthday and am an old follower of your blog and became one because of your romance reviews. I am a fan of romance because it is a great escape and I love to see what others go through in the quest for love and the ending
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

BLHmistress said...

Happy Birthday Ali, may all your wishes come true.

I read romance because its an escape from Real Life for awhile and plus can't get your heart broke that way.

vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

Susan said...

Happy Birthday Ali!! Hope you had an awesome day!
I love to read romance because for me it is my escape from reality and everyday life - a place I can dream!

susanmik@gmail.com

Rachel said...

Happy Birthday Ali! I'm also 28, only 2 years to 30! (Gah!)

I read romance because I'm usually craving the kind of chemistry that occurs in a good romance novel in real life. Books are pretty dependable that way!

hopester777 at gmail dot com

-petit said...

Happy Birthday Ali! XDDD
I read romance, because it's my dream to be in one of my favorites character's place XDDD

sweet.sayumi@yahoo.com.br

Julie S said...

Happy birthday. Must be tough having an april fool's birthday. I like to read romance from time to time because the stories have a happy ending.



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Chelsea B. said...

Happy birthday, Ali! :-)
And I read for the escape, the romance and the HEA :-)

Shannon Alexander said...

Happy Birthday Ali.
I don't read romance
shannonsweep at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday!
I read romance because I love to see the development of the relationship.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

Katrina W said...

Happy Happy birthday ALi **~~*~*~* streamers and balloons..

I love to read romance as its something Im lakcing in my life,, lol .. or I just am a true romantic at heart ;) I love a great love story !!!! and We are all after that happily ever after i think ;)
kat
kittee_cat@bigpond.com

I follow your blog, network blog and facebook :)

Judy said...

Happy Birthday, Ali!!!

I love romance novels because I love the idea of all kinds of romance. I enjoy reading romance with a happy ending.

GFC-judy

Judy
magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

Ivy said...

Happy Birthday Ali! Hope you have a large time.

Don't enter me...

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday!

I read romance cause i like the happily ever after endings.

jennifer.kalman at gmail dot com

Ren said...

Hi Ali, Happy Birthday for you ^_^. Have a wonderful day, and well, may you have a wonderful life too :D

Why I read romance? Before I go to college, I'm never read romance, mostly are fantasy and teen books,I don't believe in romance after all. But thank to my friend that introduce me to some Harlequin books, I start reading romance, and since that I always read romance in any genre. It's make me happy and wish I have my own happy ending :D

GFC follower as Ren

sawamura_foxman@yahoo.com

JessS said...

Happy birthday, I hope your day is amazing.
I guess I read romance for the passion and the love. There's also something so safe about them, like you know it'll end good. Plus they're sort of fake (in a good way) meaning that in the story you don't have to worry about a lot of real life issues.

jessicamariesutton@msn.com

samantha35 said...

Happy birthday- I read romance to keep the sparks flying in my marriage!

Llehn said...

Happy birthday Ali :D I hope there were lots of chocolate cake involved!

I read romance because I don't have nearly enough of it in my life, so it's vicarious living.

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Paranormal Opinion said...

Happy Birthday! My little girl has an April Fool's Day birthday too! Please enter me in the contest - I read romance because of love the butterfly feeling I get in my stomach when 2 people kiss for the first time :) I'm such a sap!

paranormalopinion@hotmail.com

Sniffly Kitty said...

Happy birthday Ali! Hope this next year is great ^.^

I read romance as an interlude between heavier books because they're light and fun

snifflykitty@gmail.com

Dovile said...

Happy birthday, Ali! Manny happy followers;)

I read romance, because books in this genre usually have happy endings, and sometimes I just need a happy ending in my life.

GFC follower (Dovile)

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FreakChiq said...

Happy birthday Ali! :)
You know what they say, birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake. :D

I read romance because I’m interested in the character’s story, and I know that in the end there's always a happy ending in store for them.

sabina(dot)dezman(at)gmail(dot)com

Kaetrin said...

Happy birthday Ali! hope you have a great day and get really spoiled.

I love reading romance because it ALWAYS works out in the end and the good guys get their HEA - what's not to love?

kaetrin67 AT gmail DOT com

marybelle said...

Happy Birthday Ali!!

I read romance as a way to escape. Life is less surprising than that found in a book.

marypres@gmail.com

JoAnna said...

caHappy birthday Ali!
I read romance because I love the escape of real life it offers me.

beckerjo(at)verizon(dot)net

Bonnie said...
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Book Sp(l)ot said...

Birthdays can be amazing, super fun things, we're all lucky whenever we get to have another--I hope you do have a great one, Ali!

and when I read romance it's for the joy of reading about those two people who are so great together that it makes the story something you wish could happen to you :) (at least that's what I hope happens!)

book.splot AT gmail DOT com

jessica said...

Happy Birthday Ali!! I think that I read romance mostly because of the relationships, the love and the mostly happy endings.
jessangil at gmail dot com

Pamk said...

Happy Birthday Ali May all your birthday wishes come true. and I read romance cause it allows me to esscape from everyday life and guarantees me a happy ending.

Juana said...

I hope you have a wonderful Birthday!

I read romance because I love to experience the amazing stories that the authors create. It's like I become part of the story/character for a while.

GFC follower = Juana Esparza

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Cathy D. said...

Happy Birthday Ali.
I read romance for the HEA. I read Historical , paranormal, futuristic, Time Travel, Fantasy or whatever, but it better end in a HEA! What is fiction if not to find the rainbow at the end?

cathysdesigns@yahoo.com

Belle D├ęcouverte said...

Happy Birthday, Ali!

I read romance because I enjoy the escapism and guaranteed happy endings. I enjoy reading love stories because they make me happy.

bdecouverte@gmail.com

Cathy M said...

What a beautiful letter, Eli, and happy birthday Ali.

I am a HEA girl, and my favorites shelf is full of stories that are heartfelt and passionate, give me memorable characters that are far from perfect, and make me care. I've been reading all kinds of romance for over 40 years, and I love where a well written story takes me.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com
follower

DarkBloodyVamp said...

Happy Birthday Ali!

Hope you have a wonderful birthday and a great year!

I read romance books because it allows me to escape from reality and feel swept away, happy and full of life.

redfirewood888(AT)yahoo(DOT)ca

Mare/TommyGirl said...

Happy, happy birthday! I hope it is wonderful!

I love the moment when everything falls into place and all the attraction and frustration and wonder all work itself out. (Plus, my mother got me hooked at a very young age)

GFC follower with this account

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krysykat said...

Happy Birthday!! I only read paranormal romances so I read them for the supernatural factor.

Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

Dinda said...

Happy birthday, Ali !!!
I hope you have a wonderful birthday. I read romance because I love the HEA.

dinda(dot)lestarini(at)gmail(dot)com

Karla Vollkopf said...

Happy belated birthday!
I read romance to run away from my reality, LOL. It's so much more interesting than MY life. >.>

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

limecello said...

OMFG. How the hell did I miss leaving you a birthday comment on your blog?

:X Happy belated, doll! [Although... guess this is still better timing than your present, which you're still not getting for like 2 months ;)]