Thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing to spend your time on Roses in Ink today. I know how crazy busy life can get, but I hope that reading my reviews has given you a bit of enjoyment and an idea for a book during your next period of down time.
About The Blog
I remember the first romance book I ever read. It was a voyage into a whole new genre for me, and it was a part of life I hadn’t really experienced yet. I owe a huge thanks to Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles for opening me up to a deep love of mine. It wasn’t until a few books and a few years later, though, that I really fell in love with the genre. That applause goes to Taking Chances by Molly McAdams, which, to this day, is probably my favorite book. It’s an emotional masterpiece, and I highly recommend it, but only if you have a tissue box next to you.
I got to a point where I was honestly really bored. I had too much free time, and if you know me personally, you know I’m always running around like an Energizer Bunny and “free time” is a concept I pretty much only dream about. I’m also the type of person that loves sharing what she loves, and I really didn’t talk with anyone about the books I read except for my mom, who reads most of the same titles that I do.
I thought it was kind of silly to have a passion and not share it with anyone, especially when there’s a global community that shares the same love. So, here we are! I started Roses in Ink these goals in mind:
To create a community of communication around romance books and to encourage a lifestyle of finding a rose in each and every day
I hope you enjoy the reviews I’ve posted and the books that they’re speaking about. If you do or if you don’t, I’d still love to hear your opinions! You can comment on any of the posts, send me a personal email, or connect with me on social media. I want to create a community, after all, around the love of romance books, and communities are interactive! Can’t wait to hear from you.
About The Name
During my time in high school, I spent three weeks counseling at outdoor school, a program that took middle school students into nature for a handful of days to teach them about the organisms and ecology there. I can say with all of my heart that it has been one of the most life-changing experiences for me to date. The third time I went, my counselor coordinator sat my group of counselors down daily for some reflection. She asked us to share with her a rose, a thorn, and a rosebud from our day. In other words, she wanted to hear a good thing, a bad thing, and a thing to improve on. That mentality really stuck with me, and it helped inspire the name of the blog.
For me, books and the time I get to read are roses in my day. They’re a time for me to turn my academic and interpersonal brain off, relax, and delve into another world filled with different people, different adventures, and different problems. It’s enjoyable, it’s therapeutic, and it’s why I have so many of the dreams and aspirations that I do now. I wanted to share my roses with you on the blog so maybe they can be good points in your days, too.
Now to the ink part, which, in my opinion, has an obvious reason: books are written with ink. Duh. More than that, though, is the permanence of books. Yes, you could delete a book from your Kindle, stop publishing the book, or even (gasp!) rip out it’s pages, but the story? You can never take away the story. The way it affects you, the emotions it made you feel, the daydreams it gave you, those will always stay with you. It’s comforting to me that, in a world as everchanging and hectic as ours, we can have a piece of time forever with us. It’s inked on our hearts.
My name is Jess, and I’m the face behind Roses in Ink. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest before packing my bags for Scotland to study veterinary medicine and then to Minnesota to study psychology. I love playing soccer, horseback riding (closet country girl, not gonna lie), and the French language. You can get on my good side really easily by bringing me chocolate or berries or, even better, both. Who ever said that the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach? Seems to work pretty well for me…
My daily roses are reading (like I said above), health/feeling great in my own skin, adventures, and my family (relatives, friends, and furry siblings). My thorns are not understanding how my work is paying off, being cold, and not being able to fall asleep. My rosebuds are my daily workouts, my photography skills, and Roses in Ink! What are your roses, thorns, and rosebuds? I’d love to hear them!
Anyway! I obviously am also a huge fan of romance, both in story and in real life, and I spend the majority of my free time reading or stalking my favorite authors on social media for new releases or deals. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll be privy to some of those finds, too! Thank you for letting me share my love of books with you, and I look forward to hearing all about your favorites, as well.