Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Celebration with Cynthia Garcia

Today's special guest is...ME!!!! Taa Daa! I will be talking to you about why I like reading and what were some of my favorite books that I read in 2011. So, get ready cause here we go!

Why do I read? People get asked this all the time and I always like to see their answers. But for me, I don't read to escape or because I am looking for something better than my reality. I read because it lets me lets me have an adventure that I would never be able to do or have. One day I could be in India trying to break an ancient curse, the next I could be traveling different dimensions trying to save a city, or I could be in the future trying to protect me and my family from the tragic changes that has happened around us. With each new book I never know what part of the world I will be and what I may encounter and that's what makes me excited about reading.

Reading has also allowed my family and I to become closer. When I read the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins I constantly talked about it to them. Telling them how lucky we all are compared to what the characters in the book are going through. I offered my husband, who doesn't read at all, to read him him a couple chapters a night before bed. One night when we were half way through the 1st book I was too tired to read more than one chapter. When I closed the book he grabbed it and ended up reading the whole series in a week. Eventually my son and step son decided to read it. My step son is currently on the 3rd book and my son is almost done with the 1st one. Now we all have something in common to talk about.

Some of my favorite reads from 2011 are:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Tigers series by Colleen Houck

Embody and Image by Jamie Magee

The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost (adult)

The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole (adult)

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Powertools series by Jayne Rylon (adult)

The Fitzgerald Family series by E.B. Walters (adult)

Those are just a few. We would be here all day if I listed all of them. But those are my TOP tops.

Now for a giveaway for all of you that have lasted through my ramblings lol. I am offering 1 person a book of their choice up to $10 from the Book Depository for Christmas. **Warning** It will not be ordered until the beginning of January. To enter just fill out the Rafflecopter below. I may ask you to like my authors page or the pages of the books I listed just to show some love :)

I hope everyone has a safe, warm, and happy Christmas!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. i love to read as its my escape from my stresses of work.
    top read of the year is definitly divergent by veronica roth. also loved legacy, sweet venom, dark inside, the unbecoming of mara dyer :)
    thanks for the giveaway
    its alice priday, my normal account has been disabled :(

  2. yay Cynthia !!!

    I read because its what I love , new people to meet , places to go , curses to break , legends to explore.
    The authors ability to get their ideas onto paper will never cease to amaze me .
    My fave read was the Tigers Trilogy

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite read this year was Divergent and I read to escape in to new worlds and adventures and it helps me relax.

  4. I like to read because i enjoy it.
    Some of my favorite books this year have been:
    The Gathering, Spell Bound, Bloodlines, Unearthly, Divergent, Anna and the French Kiss.

  5. It would be easier to say what I don't like to read LOL I read so much! I guess some of my favourites this year have been: Wing Slayer Hunter Series by Jennifer Lyon, Accidentally Paranormal Series by Dakota Cassidy, Immortal Series by Alyson Noel, Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton and Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by JR Ward. There are sooo many more!
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

  6. My favorite read this year: The Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready. I looove it especially Shift...can't wait for Shine.

    Thanks for the giveaway and happy holidays!! :)

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  8. I know what book I'd pick thanks so much for the giveaway :D

  9. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    There's nothing like kicking your feet up with a great book. :)

    The best books I've read this year, to name a few... Pulse Of Heroes by A. Jacob Sweeny, Trinity by Deena Remiel, Power of the moon by Tina carriero & Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. I have many more lol

  10. Wonderful giveaway !!! Hope you had a Merry Christmas !! Some of my fab books throughout thisyear would have to be

    * The Fitzgerald family series
    * Masters at Arms series by Kallypso
    * Dark Spell
    * Felcity Heatons - Heart of Darkness
    * Her Guardian Angel
    * Pulse of Heroes
    * Pwer of the Moon
    * The shifters series by Rachael vincent
    * and so many more !!

    I love to read as it takes me away from my every day life ... A world I can escape to... I read when Im down, read when I need time out ! and read as I love to enjoy !!!!

    :) Kat

  11. <333333333333333 you.......but totally in a NON-stalkerish way!

  12. i will read whatever catches my interest. i tend to lean more towards paranormal reads (vampires, werewolves, demons, etc...) i did read shatter me though and i loved it! if a book can get me into it within the first few chapters i usually tend to finish it.

    Terri Matlock

  13. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I have read so many books this year but my faves was:
    Graveminder Melissa Mar, Cryer's Cross Lisa McMann, Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs, The Spirit Box JH Glaze