My Story

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My love for reading began at a very young age, my father and I would sit for hours and look at books- I’m sure he got tired of it after a while, but we would always dive into the stories, often times making up our own little versions as we read them.

As I grew older, I learned to read more and more challenging books. My favorites were The Babysitters Club and the Goosebumps series. I think I have read every book in each series, they were my security blanket in a way.

Growing up, we didn’t have a lot of money, so we didn’t take lavish trips or vacations. Reading books was my way of visiting places I had never been. My bookshelves were full of fantastic worlds that my imagination could explore.

I have never lost that thrill of finding a new world to sink myself into, and I hope I never will.


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This is me. My name is Kerrie, and I’m 30 years old. I grew up in a small town in Michigan, and I moved to another small town after meeting my husband. I’m funny, I’m shy, and I love to read. Not only do books let me explore other worlds, but they let me escape when this world gets to be too much for me.

I have been married since July, 2013, and my husband is my rock. He gives our family so much, and he is my best friend (as cheesy as that sounds). We lean on each other in the best ways, and we have so much fun together.

I struggle with social anxiety, and generalized anxiety. This makes it difficult for me to talk to people, but once I get comfortable with you, I probably won’t stop talking. Since I have been struggling with mental health issues since I was a young teenager (maybe even before that), I decided a long time ago that I wanted to be a counselor for kids. This dream will soon become reality as I have finally achieved my degree in Psychology. I’m planning on going back to school soon to begin my Master’s degree, but at the moment that’s been put on hold.

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(my son and I when he was a little baby)

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(My goofy boy now)

I am a stay at home mom right now. I have a son, who is my entire world. He is a four, which means I am very very busy chasing him around every day. He loves to read, which makes me so proud. He’s also started soccer this year, which is so fun to watch.

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(one of his first favorite books: No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)

In January of 2017,  I had my beautiful daughter.

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She has brought more joy to my world than I could have ever imagined. She is the calm to my son’s storm, and she is the sunshine that I have so desperately needed.

Though I am happy as I ever could be now, it didn’t start out that way. After I had my beautiful son, I struggled with postpartum depression for many months. I talk about it here. I hope you will check it out 🙂 The fact that I was so caught up in my depression, was one of the reasons why I started reading so much again, it has helped me in ways that I cannot explain. I am excited and appreciative for the opportunity to read books, review them, and bring my joy to you.


A couple of my favorite sites for reviewing books include Blogging For BooksEdelweiss and Netgalley I’ve received this lovely badge from netgalley:

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I am also a recent TOP REVIEWER and Book Advocate on Netgalley!

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Challenge Participant

Some other sites I love are Tyndale Blog Network and Book Look Bloggers

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61 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Congratulation Kerrie on your life. You seem to have a wonderful family and life, to which are all sweet blessings. I like you, many years the elder have been blessed with a wonderful wife and two sons, to which the older has brought our first grandchild (a girl) into the family, but have found Jesus Christ to be the greatest blessing of all.

    Thanks for stopping by ‘a word from malachi’ and choosing to follow. I am always curious as to what post you read that warranted the desire to follow? Hope you will stop by again and not only read other post but take the opportunity to engage in discussion.

    Peace to you and your family.
    brother malachi

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  2. Hey Kerrie!
    This is super random but I wanted to thank you for sharing those great resources about where you get ARCs and books to review at the bottom of this post. I’ve been looking for a site that would work well for me to receive ARCs through for a while now (a lot of sites only allow users 18 years of age or older, which isn’t me unfortunately) and I checked out BookLookBloggers, and now I’m a member! Again, super random, but thanks for sharing the good resources you’ve found.
    Have a great day! 🙂

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  3. Hi Kerrie,

    I just wanted to say how much I love your blog.

    We have a few things in common. I am married with a little boy and am very interested in psychology. It was my favourite subject when studying for nursing 🙂

    I also can relate to your struggles following the birth of your son. I had post partum thyroiditis which presents itself very similarly and I was misdiagnosed with PND initially. It is good to be able to talk about these things and not have to hide it. It is the only way forward.

    I look forward to reading your blog xx

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    1. Hi Nicola! I am so happy that you like my blog 🙂 it’s also good to find someone else that we have something in common with! How old is your little boy? Mine is 27 months (though I hate to use months after they turn 2 lol) and he’s the best thing in my whole world 🙂

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      1. Aww … 2 is such a great age. So much curiosity about the world and its also a great time to introduce them to picture books etc. Its an exciting time 🙂

        My son is turning 6 in October, the years really are flying by. I am loving the stage he is at now. They get so independent so fast. Its great to see him happy at school and making his own way in the world xx

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  4. Thank you for liking my post as it brought me to your post. When I was younger, reading was my escape mechanism and is also one of the reasons I became a writer! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  5. Hey Kerrie.
    Thanks for following me & accepting mine 🙂 I checked your postpartum depression post and felt so good to know that you managed with it wd da help Ov books.
    lovely blog – you organised it very well :))

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  6. Thanks for following my blog Kerrie, my daughter loves to read and write story’s, one day she said to me “It’s your fault, dad, for reading me bedtime stories all the time.” The story of you and your father reminded my of that, it brought a smile to my face 🙂 Good luck with your studies.

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  7. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog 🙂 Your son is adorable!
    I live with a general anxiety disorder, and books have always been my escape.
    I’m looking forward to reading your posts!

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  8. I stumbled over your blog through ‘Chris the story reading ape’. I hope i am not intruding your privacy.
    It’s amazing to read your story. It seams to me, as if i was reading my story. I am shy as well and hardly speak to anyone, Friends, maybe but the strange thing is, i don’t know what to talk about. I never learned a real conversation.
    Now, after surviving a deadly disease and find myself still alive, but couldn’t go to work any longer, my husband said, why not write a book. Well, he has written a book of the adopting of our twin-girls from Fiji. So i started to write short stories and sent them to competition. I got good reports back and that inspired me to go on.
    I can’t make a conversation, but writing a conversation is easy for me. Strange?
    Now i have published the first 5 books in amazon. It’s about a challenged 10 year old, as she had to go with her missionary parents to Peru. she was neglected by the locals. So she was looking for something else to play with. And what she found, gave her the acceptance and love of the locals.
    http://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
    You do reviews as well. so if you are interested to review my books, please get in contact with me.
    gigi@gsed.info

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    1. Hello Gigi, you are not intruding on my privacy what so ever. I put my story out there in hopes that someone would read it and relate to it. If not that, then to just understand me on a more personal level. I am also a writer, though I have not worked as hard at it as you! I think that it is comforting for people with social anxiety to be able to express themselves through writing, because we sometimes don’t have the words to vocally say what we want or feel. Writing gives us that outlet. Thank you for telling me your story! As of right now, I am not in the market to review new books because I am so back logged (Ive been sick and not in the mood to read) but I will definitely keep you in mind for later in the year, I would love to read your books then. Thank you for commenting, I appreciate it so much.

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  9. Hi Kerrie,

    It’s so nice to learn more about another book lover! I’m from Michigan as well, but I moved to Texas a couple of years ago for school and to be closer to my now fiance. I also suffer from general anxiety but have the hardest time with social anxiety. I have my Bachelors in Psychology, which I think is what really helped me come to terms with my anxiety. Last year I graduated with a Masters in Publishing and English. A total departure from undergrad but certainly a passion of mine from the beginning. Books have always been my haven, and the older I get the more I appreciate them. Anyway, I just thought we seemed to have a lot in common and wanted to say hello. I look forward to reading more from you!

    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura! It’s nice to meet you. We do have a lot in common. I’m about to graduate with a bachelors in Psychology as well, and have been struggling with finding a masters program that I feel passionate about. It’s awesome to hear from another Michigander! I would love to get to know you, would you like to email and maybe we can exchange Facebook information?

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  10. It’s nice to meet you! I actually moved from Chicago to Covert, MI a few decades ago…not longer there. Also, I graduated from Western. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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  11. I suffer from anxiety, depression and hypchondria! Ouch! Writing helps me to step into another world and be someone and somewhere else. And my aim in writing is to take people out of their lives and into another. It is a good idea that you have started writing. Keep going! You will find it eases your anxiety. Good luck. x

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  12. I’m impressed at how much you open up to your readers, Kerrie. It seems 98% of bloggers “About Me” pages are underwhelming, mine included. It’s very cool of you to share your story like this, and it made me think of the great women I’ve known who’ve suffered from postpartum depression, anxiety, etc. It’s rough. But, I think that sharing that sort of thing also helps visitors to your blog to understand you better, and maybe feel more connected as well.
    Good luck with your boy and girl (and schooling again). Kids are big jobs!

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    1. Wow Chauncey, thank you so much, that means a lot! Part of the reason that I told my story that way, was because I don’t want anyone to feel shameful of their mental disorders, plus, I wanted people to understand why reading is so important to me. It’s an escape for when the world gets to be too much. I really really appreciate you saying this! And thank you for the luck, I need it, but I am having a great time being a mommy.

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