Hey guys! As you all know, I held a co-blogger search in November. I honestly didn’t think so many people would apply and I was overwhelmed! Trying to decide was tough until a certain lovely lady sent an e-mail a few days before I was going to stop accepting applications. I was on vacations with my family and wasn’t planning on checking my e-mail for this, but I received this very lengthy e-mail (extremely lengthy) of someone telling me about herself and I was immediately intrigued by her so I e-mailed her. From then, I knew I wanted her to join Latte Nights Reviews.
Her name is Amanda and she’s such a lovely, sweet, at times hyper, unbelievably kind woman that I’ve grown very fond of in the little time we’ve known each other. She has a wonderful 9-month-old son named Spencer (HE’S SO CUTE!). She has been posting some of her old reviews here on the blog so you guys can check them out here.
Some of you have already welcomed her and I couldn’t be happier about it so thank you guys so much for your support <3 Without further ado, here’s Amanda!
Thank you, Gen! That’s such a sweet intro!
That totally was a very lengthy email! I was excited and I wanted to tell her literally everything so that she would know immediately what I already knew – we would be perfect co-bloggers!
Obviously it worked! Yay!
Anyway! Hi Latte Nights Readers!!
As Genesis said, my name is Amanda! More about me: I am 27 years old (an ’80s baby), born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, oldest of four siblings, lover of coffee, and mother to one! My son, Spencer, pictured above, was born in April 2016, and is the happiest, greatest, most amazing baby ever! Also, he has clearly taken over my life, because I could not find a single recent picture of myself that did not have Spencerman in it! LOL!
Currently, I am studying online to be a nursing unit clerk in a hospital and am a stay-at-home mom. I just started this program in July 2016 and WOW let me tell you, it is like ;earning a whole other language! Crazy amounts of respect going out to those in the health care community!
Spencer and I spend our days playing, learning, and reading! We go to baby programs a couple of days per week, and spend lots of time with family! Family is so important! When Spencer naps, or is busy exploring/playing on his own, or with one of our families members, I am reading and reading and reading and reading, taking pictures of books for bookstagram, writing about books for Latte Nights, and also, reading!
I have been a complete, total, and super proud book nerd my entire life! Safely, I can say that the addiction started way back in 1998 with Harry Potter! I am a HUGE HP fan – I have five copies of the books, five copies of the movies, more art, merch, candles, Funkos, pins, bookmarks, magnets than I can possibly count, and a tattoo! The original Harry Potter series will always mean everything to me, and one day, I will write a blog post to describe and explain and share this undying, unconditional, possibly unhealthy love!
Unlike Gen, I never switched from being the kind of bibliophile who thinks of only books! Every cent I have (that isn’t ear marked for stupid responsibilities *shakes fist*) goes to books! My TBR – which is only of books I own – is over 340 books long! Let’s not even get into the total on my TB-TBR! (that’s ‘to buy to be read’ if you couldn’t guess)
My book interests are vast! I read everything from memoir to horror to graphic novels to young adult to romance (side note: this is 100% Gen’s fault! I told her the one genre I didn’t read was romance, she recommended a bunch of books, and now there is no genre I do not read lol) to history and other educational reads. Usually, I am a mood reader, and I tend to go through waves where I read one genre consistently over the others. My absolute favorite genre is “teen” – in Canada that is young adult and new adult books – because, as I have discovered throughout 2016, this “genre” actually encompasses every genre!! I also take part in MANY bookclubs, readalongs, and challenges every month and year! You can find most of that info here and I would be thrilled to have you join me!
Lastly, I am a huge advocate for mental health awareness! I have clinical depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and a long list of acronym conditions that go along with those illnesses/disorders. I do my best to take part in activities and events that promote awareness and advocate for better mental health care throughout Canada, and when / where I can, any other country. I will definitely be sharing some stories and information here on Latte Nights in the weeks and months to come!
Side note: If you want to or need to chat with someone about anything mental health, or just whatever is going on with you, feel free to reach out to me! In this modern age of smart phones, I am always available, and you always have me to lean on! No one need do life alone!
Phew… that was a lot of information! But I think you were warned at the beginning 😉
I am so happy to be here! Thank you so much for picking me, Genesis! This has already been such an amazing experience, and we are only just getting started!!!
Latte Nights Readers:
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