Welcome to my blog, loves! I am a 24 year old book worm, occupying whichever world is in my hands at the time. My name is Erika Santoro, although I refer to myself as the fictionista. How did I come up with such a name? Well you see, I love books. My favorite kind of books have always been and will always be; fiction. My love then spreads towards fashion. Now even though I’m not big into the latest brand names or keep up with what is the latest and greatest, I simply enjoy the act of shopping and purchasing clothes & shoes! I guess like any other woman out there, right? I decided to combine my two greatest hobbies and therefore the fictionista came to life.
Let’s talk books! They have always been an escape for me since I could grasp the concept. I always think back to second grade where we first learned how to write short stories. The act of creating a whole world out of where your imagination took you to me was absolutely remarkable. I then found myself at home with a composition notebook constantly looking to write more stories. One in particular which I’ve always remembered titled; The Substitute Teacher.
As I got older I was introduced to more reading. Every summer my sisters and I spent each and every day at my grandparents house. One of my favorite memories that stand out in my mind from those summers are the weekly trips to the library. In 4th grade I started reading books like Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. From there my love for books bloomed! In middle school I devoured books such as; Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, Holes by Louis Sachar, and anything by Roald Dahl. I used to silently get excited for AR time (half hour time period set in place for kids to read) in middle school.
By the time high school rolled around I found myself falling deeper into mysteries and romances. I sought out James Patterson books and one by one consumed The Women’s Murder Club series. With that, The Notebook and A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Aside from my own reads, in English class we read books like, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
When college rolled around I had put reading on the back burner, which was a mistake. I suffered with severe anxiety and crippling fear from overthinking. After trying to find different outlets to channel peace for about a year, I turned back to books and it was one the the greatest decisions I have ever made. I now, read about 50 books a year and have noticed significant change in my mental health. Whenever I feel the need to escape the real world, personal problems or stresses, I know the first place to go. Books!