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My name's Samantha and I am a twenty-one year old book addict.  Currently, I live a couple hours away from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in a city that boasts a small University and a large senior population.  I'm in my final semester towards my Bachelors of Science in Nursing with graduation planned for June 2014.

I've always been a reader.  My dad enjoys his old westerns, and my mom is a Harlequin and paranormal romance addict.  She, in particular, taught me the joys of reading early.  We were library frequent flyers.  This was followed my the amazing teachers at my tiny elementary school who further developed my love for reading.  As I reached my early teens, I continued to read, but my love for it fell slightly to the wayside.

One day in the 10th grade, I had no book for our mandatory 20 minutes of silent reading during second period.  I popped into the library between classes and grabbed the first book I saw with a pretty cover.  It happened to feature a pair of pale hands and an apple.  Yes, it was Twilight, and it re-sparked my deep love for reading.  I've been going strong since.  Sometimes it is difficult to balance reading for pleasure with reading for school, but I always try to fit some in.

Some of my favourite authors include:

  • Richelle Mead
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Tahereh Mafi
  • J.R. Ward
  • Rae Carson
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • A.J. Jacobs

Outside of reading, I spend my time creeping Twitter and and catching up on hockey or baseball highlights.  I'm a die hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan and don't care what you have to say about them.  I love TV shows about the paranormal and bad movies.  Seriously, my favourites include Stick It and The Covenant.  Occasionally I add a police drama, just to keep things exciting.  I secretly dream of being a racecar driver or tracking down Bigfoot.  

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Reading-AndCoffee opened in May 2012 on a bit of a whim.  I had been following several YA book blogs for a while.  At the time, I was unemployed and depression.  Books helped me deal with my negative emotions, and I loved to talk about them afterwards.  However, my occasional-reader weren't as into this as I was.  I decided to start blogging, and to share my thoughts with a community of book lovers, as well as readers of all types.  Looking back, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  It's a journey, and I'm excited that you took the time to stop by and visit.