Chris Mattice Loves Books (with gift card giveaway)

We’re delighted to feature Chris Mattice today. She’s a reader, and we love connecting with readers. She’ll tell you below how she won this gig, but we feel that we’re the winners. And it turns out that she doesn’t live to far from Liz Kreger and me, and we’ll see Chris at Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday. I think it’s sold out already, and I’m looking forward to meeting Chris and other readers. And authors. Now, here’s Chris!

We have a winner for the $10 gift card. Congratulations to Anash! I’ll email you.

Hello Magical Musings -
I’m thrilled to be your guest blogger for the day. I won this honor (along with a Kindle) from the wonderful folks of Magical Musings who donated to Barbara Vey’s Beyond Her Book Anniversary Bash last month. This week long event was amazing, so many readers, writers and publishers all in one place.

My normal reads are mystery with some romance tossed in, but because of the bash I won 9 books from all new authors. Currently I’m reading Gabriella Hewitt’s Dark Waters – so far so good. I look forward to reading Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – (I love the cover). The other generous authors that are loading up my bedside table are Heather Graham (who is also the key note speaker at Barbara Vey’s Reader Luncheon April 10th) ~ Monica Burns ~ Ruth Logan Herne ~ Melinda Evual ~ Tina Radcliffe ~ Kristin Hannah and Carla Swafford. I’m very excited to attend my first Reader’s Luncheon next week and sharing a table with Dianna Love.

I got my love of reading from my mom. It seems like she always had a book in her hands during any spare time she had. We shared a lot of books, but our favorites were Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books. I have 4 sisters, 3 daughters and many nieces. We passed the books around. Every time someone found something new you’d hear, “You’ve got to read this!” It seems like we all seemed to enjoy the same thing.

We’re always looking for new authors and now I find myself looking for books to share with my grandchildren. The young adult books out now seem to be for everyone and I love that we have new things to talk about. It’s gotten to the point that she now suggests books for me to read. I love it!

The library was always the place to be when we were growing up and I love it that I can now get ebooks to read from the library. Things are always changing so fast, but one thing that stays the same is a good story. You just can’t go wrong with amazing characters and a great plot. I’d much rather read than watch television or movies and that’s just what I plan to do after writing this blog. :)

Thank you again Magical Musings for making my reading experience even more memorable. I look forward to reading your blog often and checking out all of your authors.

Where did you get your love of reading? I’m giving a $10 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble to a lucky commenter. Two Magical Musings bloggers have new releases out this week. BLOODRIGHT by Karin Tabke and KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS by Michelle Diener. They’re both fantastic! (Just a suggestion what the winner can get with the gift card. :) ) I’ll announce the winner here on Saturday.

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50 Responses to Chris Mattice Loves Books (with gift card giveaway)

  1. CateS says:

    Actually, it’s a split betwen my mom & my dad… they were both readers… so the stuff at our house was pretty diverse… magazines were LHJ and Popular Science…and a lot between… Books were adult fiction, science fiction, the Warren Report and how-to series… Our local Red Cross does a huge week-long book, record, cd, tape any kind of media sale once a year.. when clearing out my parents books.. I hauled about 500 items to them…

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Cate, every once in a while I’ll go through my books and take bagfuls to my library. Even though I read most of my books on my Kindle now, they still pile up.

  2. Dianna Love says:

    What a wonderful blog, Chris, and it’s great to visit the Magical Musings. Brilliant on their part to have you blog as part of their generous donation to Barbara Vey’s annual anniversary bash. I’m so looking forward to the luncheon. Thanks for signing up to sit with me! See you and Edie in Milwaukee next week.

  3. Barbara Vey says:

    Hi Chris,

    Congratulations on winning the Kindle! I know you’ll enjoy it. Thank so much for being a part of the record breaking anniversary party this year on Beyond Her Book. Looking forward to seeing you at the luncheon. Nice job on your first blog. ;-)
    Barbara Vey`s last blog was …WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

    • Chris Mattice says:

      Thanks Barbara – I had a marvelous time at the bash! Looking forward to next year :lol: See you at the luncheon.

  4. Amy Atwell says:

    Welcome to Magical Musings, Chris–and congrats on winning so many lovely prizes. I love hearing that as a reader you share and recommend books. I got my love of reading from my mom and I cannot imagine my life without books. Have fun at the luncheon. Sounds like an awesome lineup!

  5. Edie Ramer says:

    Chris, thanks again for your great post. It will be fun to meet you in person at the luncheon.

    • Chris Mattice says:

      Thanks to Edie and everyone at Magical Musings for the opportunity to be your guest blogger – it was quite the experience. I look forward to meeting all those who will be at the luncheon on Tuesday.

  6. Katy Lee says:

    Nice post, Chris! What a wonderful prize to win! And as an author, I want to thank you for being a reader! :) Have fun at Barbara’s Luncheon. I know it will be something special.

    Katy Lee

  7. Lilac Wolf says:

    Congrats on winning the Kindle and the guest poster gig. I’m trying to think of where I might have gotten my love of reading. As far as I can tell I never saw anyone with a book. My mom told me I learned to read when I was 3 and with guessing, my grandma and great-grandma taught me how. My earliest memories involve books, my mom, actually encouraged my love and signed me up for book clubs from the time I was 6. She bought me my 1st Stephen King book, Salem’s Lot. And whenever we moved, she helped me find the library. But she never went with me, and never had a book. So really, thinking it over my love of reading was innate and encouraged. YEAH MOM!
    Lilac Wolf`s last blog was …Book Spotlight: Cursing Athena

  8. Bonnie H. says:

    I got my love of books from my grandma. My mom taught me to read at an early age (for which I’m very thankful) but my grandma is the one who introduced me to the wonderful world of great books ;-)
    She had a great personal library filled with everything from classics, to biographies, to the latest NYTimes bestsellers. We would sit and trade our favorite first lines (one of hers was “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” which is also one of mine, I confess) She would always say “Bonnie, when I die you get all my books” and I would say “Grandma, I’d rather have you here to share them with”. She died last year, and I miss her very much. Every time I read something new or interesting I think “Oh, I’ve got to call Grandma Mary and tell her this” so it’s been a difficult adjustment, learning to live without her :cry:
    I have 3 daughters, 2 of which inherited my love of reading, so its always great to talk books with them. Daughter #2 and I have almost identical taste in what we like, so we get really excited when we get the chance to sit down and share our latest discoveries.
    Thanks for this great post, Chris – it’s been wonderful to sit and reminisce ;-)

    • Chris Mattice says:

      that’s a wonderful story Bonnie – I’m glad it brought back good memories :grin:

  9. Hi Chris! Congratulations on the win. And I’m so jealous that you get to go to Barbara Vey’s readers’ lunch. I would LOVE to be there too!

    I’ve read for as long as I could hold a book in my chubby little hands. Mom used to check out books for me from the library because I was too young for my own library card (you had to be 5y/0 to get a card!) The love of reading has never died but looking back over my life, I don’t remember mom or dad reading much. So I’m not sure where that gene came from!

    But like you, growing up I lived at the library. My mother worked in an insurance office across the street from the public library. I’d spend the entire day at the library reading everything.

    Congrats again on the win!

    • Chris Mattice says:

      I will make sure to post many pictures of the luncheon! It will make you feel like you were there ;-)

  10. Krista says:

    I blame one of my grade school teachers for starting my book addiction. One of them read the first Boxcar Children’s book out loud to my class, and I have been obsessed ever since.

  11. Sofie Couch says:

    I can most definitely trace my love of reading to its source – Charlotte Bronte. A non-reader until my teen years, Charlotte, (we’re on a first name basis,) inspired me to “learn” to read. One day, I was a 13 year old non-reader who could not make sense of the words on the page – no processing ability. The next day, I was a bookworm. I was watching Jane Eyre, the movie with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine, (at a time before VCRs, and recording devices.) When I had to leave off in the middle of the movie, I was thrilled to learn from TV-Guide that my movie was “based on the novel”. I went to a book store, asked the clerk if she had “Jane Erie by Charlotte Bront” and to her credit, she did not so much as blink at my mis-pronunciation, but rather, she directed me to a copy of my movie – in book format! I decided to give this reading thing a last ditch effort. There was no looking back after that. I think it all clicked for me because I had the pictures from the movie on which to hang the words. After reading Jane Eyre, my first book, over the course of one weekend, I recall feeling horribly depressed, because I knew there would never be another book to equal it. Today, I’m a writer, (YA) and I’m still trying to achieve an inkling of the magic that Charlotte shared with me, so that I can share it with another teen “non-reader”.
    Sofie Couch`s last blog was …What Do You Wanna Be (When You Grow Up)?

    • Misty Evans says:

      Sofie, as a huge Bronte fan, I love this story!! How amazing. Wuthering Heights was one of my favorites but Jane is still dear to my heart. Recently, one of my friends and I reread it together and it was so cool to see how the various themes and elements appealed to us as differently as adults then they did as teens.

  12. Lori says:

    Nice job Chris! I won a kindle last year at Barbara Veys Anniversay Party. I love it & I hope you enjoy yours.

  13. Hi Chris, welcome to MM, and so lovely to have you here. I am also jealous that you’re off to Barbara’s luncheon. I’d love to be there, myself, to say hi to Edie, Liz and Barbara, and just hang out with my favorite type of person – avid readers :) .

    My parents read, my grandparents read. And they encouraged me to read, too. And I have done the same for my children. It’s a lifelong gift.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …On the Tudor Trail

  14. Misty Evans says:

    Hi Chris! Enjoyed your post. My mom taught me to read and I can still remember the two of us reading Laura Ingalls books together. My favorite book when I was very young was a giant picture book of Alice In Wonderland. I could disappear into its pages for hours and not come up for air. :)

  15. Amy Remus says:

    My love of reading came from my mom. She always reads in the evenings before she goes to bed and I used to hang out on her bed and talk about my day (usually boys at that time). I remember reading books like The Babysitter’s Club and Ramona Quimby when I was in elementary school. I didn’t read much in high school – too busy hanging out with friends and those boys I would talk about with my mom. While I have read nonfiction books as part of bible studies, I didn’t get back into fiction until a couple of years ago. I started reading more books and realized how much I missed it. Now I can’t get enough and read a different book every couple of days – I get so caught up in them!

  16. Hi, Chris – congrats on winning the Kindle and all those books. I’m envious of them *and* that you’ll be attending the luncheon with Edie and Barbara and sharing a table with Dianna. ;-) Have fun!

    Loved your blog post. Like you, I got my love of reading from my mom. And the library was–and always will be–one of my favorite places. In the early days, my mom had to check out the books for me, because I had to wait until I could print my name before I could get my own library card.

    Keep reading – we need more great readers like you!

    Edie – thanks for hosting Chris here today, and have a ton of fun at the luncheon.

  17. jeanette8042 says:

    I got my love of reading from my dad who always read books like The Lion King and my huge book of fairy tales with me when I was younger.

  18. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Chris

    Welcome to Magical Musings! Congratulations on winning the basket. I hope you enjoy it!

    My mother is an avid reader, as am I and I’m delighted that 3 of my 4 kids are as well. It makes for lots of discussion around our house. One of my sons just finished The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings collection.
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …New Giveaway through Goodreads for Hide’n Go Seek

  19. Chelsea B. says:

    I got my love of reading in a box from my aunt. No kidding. I was so completely not into reading for pleasure, when out of nowhere my aunt sent me a huge box of romance books. Feeling guilty if I didn’t at least give one a shot, I dug into a SEP’s. Oh my, oh my. I was hooked. All those first books still rest on my shelf, along with about a million more! :-)

  20. Na S. says:

    My family definitely gave me a love of reading. When I was growing up I remember my mom reading fairy tales to me and my dad always buying books to add to our personal library. We had the complete collection of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Little House on the Prairie books. Also there were classics, Archie comics and encyclopedias – which I loved going through and learning interesting facts. Not only that but we loved visiting libraries and spending hours there before coming home with a handful of books. I can say that is how I got my appreciation of different genres and I was never picky. I picked up a book and read it.

    I hope you enjoy the Susan Elizabeth Phillips book. I haven’t read this one but I recently discovered her books and really enjoy them.

  21. Cynthia Eden says:

    Welcome, Chris! I love that you got your love of reading from your mother–what a great gift she gave to you. ;)
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …Want to Win An ARC?

  22. deelynn says:

    I couldn’t have said it better myself…congratulations on a fabulous win.

    See you at the luncheon!

  23. Welcome to MM, Chris! And congrats on winning that Kindle.
    I’m not sure where my love of reading came from, but I can remember as a very young girl reading horse stories until my eyeballs fell out. Of my four kids only one is a reader, but my 2 year old granddaughter is addicted to books. I’ve read to her since the day she was born and showered her with all kinds of books. I love it when she grabs a book, crawls up into my lap, opens it up and says, “Please, Gamma, read.”
    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!`s last blog was …CAPA Winner!

  24. bn100 says:

    I got my love of reading from my mom.

  25. blodeuedd says:

    Ohhhh GC :D I can’t say no to that ;) I do have 5 dollars left on another amazon gc hihi.

    Oh and I am reading and Enjoying Diener’s book at the moment

  26. Brenda Hyde says:

    My parents inspired my love of reading- they both read a lot, and always have. We didn’t have much money so we always took family trips to the library, and I read constantly. Later when I was out of college they would give me shopping bags full of paperbacks after they were finished with them. That’s why I’m such an eclectic reader. I read everything from Tom Clancy to James Patterson with some science fiction and fantasy thrown in for good measure. No romance though— I had to discover that on my own!
    Brenda Hyde`s last blog was …Molly Harper’s Paranormal World

  27. Beth Watson says:

    Congrats on winning the Kindle! That’s awesome. I suppose I got my love of reading from my sister. She had the entire Nancy Drew and Bobbsey Twins collections, so I used to borrow those. I remember my mom reading to me at night. I think that created a great foundation for my love of books!

  28. Barbara Elness says:

    I got my love of reading from my third grade teacher and visits to the library. I had an awesome teacher who encouraged me to read as much as I liked, and when I discovered the library and all those wonderful books there, I was in heaven.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  29. Liz Kreger says:

    Hi Chris. Welcome to MM and congrats on winning the Kindle. I’m sure you’ll put it to good use. ;-)

    Can’t say where my love of reading came from. Certainly not from my parents. I think I began reading as a type of escape. I have a number of siblings and this was my private time. I practically lived at the South Milwaukee library when I was a kid and like Karin … was addicted to any story that had horses in it.

  30. Pamk says:

    I got my love of reading from my grandmother. She stayed up to all hours of the night reading and since she lived behind the library I always got books when I stayed with her.

  31. Renee Uitto says:

    My love of reading came from school and my mom taking me to the library.

  32. CrystalGB says:

    I got my love of reading from my mom and my sister-in-laws. They all read romance and I started reading their books when I was a preteen.

  33. I was thrilled to see another kid seduced by book The Boxcar Children! I read coloring books and made up more stories to tell my friends.
    Mary Marvella`s last blog was …Expiration dates.

  34. Kimh says:

    I got from my friends and just started from therer congts on your books whoo :smile:

  35. anash says:

    this is awesome! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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