I’ve been reading since I can remember. I was that child who always had maxed out her library card and always received an abundance of books for gifts on my birthdays. The period of time after lunch in primary school was always my favourite because I got to sit in complete silence for half an hour a day reading and it was considered school. I loved it and while I still love it how I read and what I read has definitely changed.
Thinking back to my childhood I would definitely say I was a mood reader and I wasn’t afraid to dip my toe in multiple genres. I flew through series like A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter like they were nothing, but I also read fell deeply in-love with Jacqueline Wilson’s ‘girly’ books that also tackled darker topics than I was used to as an eight year old. I devoured everything I was given and re-read books over and over until pages were falling out.
Then of course there was the era I would like to call the ‘Roald Dahl Obsession’. This one lasted from when I was 6-present, easily. When I outgrew (well, kind of) his books I began reading his darker short stories and biographies. I loved the man. I still do. Heck, I’m nearly 20 and I’m currently reading Matilda in preparation of going to see the production in May.
When I got a bit older and began reading more ‘mature’ books, I became fascinated by holocaust fiction. I promise you that I was eagerly reading any World War II fiction that I could get my hands on. I fell in love with the historical fiction genre – and I’m still happily aboard that love train. My favourites were definitely Morris Gleitzman’s Once series. I wish I still owned my copies so I could re-read them soon!
Flash-foward to the beginning of High School I was still reading, just not as much and not as widely. Sticking mostly to the popular books I was picking up Twilight, The Inheritance Cycle and The Hunger Games.
The rest of the time I just wasn’t reading anything. I label these years as my ‘TV years’ because I truly embraced my passion for TV during this time. Luckily for me, I found a television program called Gilmore Girls which holyflippingshit thank god I started watching that. It’s my all time favourite show, and luckily for me the main character Rory was an avid reader and inspired me to start reading again.
And slowly, I began reading again.
Inspired by the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge List (check it out!) I picked up a mix of books like The Secret Life of Bees, The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (one of my all time favourites!), The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Lovely Bones! Reading such a varied list again in the space of a few months really inspired me to get back into reading and I definitely followed through on that promise to myself!
I’ll admit, at first I did stick mostly to YA. John Green became my new most-read author, but I did manage to continue reading a wide variety of genres. I was reading everything from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series to The Book Thief to The Hobbit to The Great Gatsby.
Meanwhile, I discovered Booktube and my physical TBR pile began to grow insane. I was working my first job and every week my pay went towards buying more and more books. There’s this thing that happens when you first join the online book community (I’m sure you’ve heard of/experienced it) but you start buying every damn book you see.
Heard of it once from someone you don’t know? Buy it. See one person haul it? Buy it. Oh that’s a pretty cover that I saw on someones goodreads but I’m not sure who it was or when it was or if they thought it was good? Buy it.
It’s a serious sickness that I am glad I have finally overcome.
Now today, I will read pretty much anything. Like I said I’m currently reading Matilda by Roald Dahl. But I am also part way through an LGBTQIA+ fantasy novel. I’m also reading a fantasy novel and a mystery novel. And I read comics like it’s nobodies business.
But you know that, I post about it here a couple times a week 😉
How has your reading changed over the years? Has it been influenced by blogging/the online book community at all? Let me know down below – and if you have a blog or a post up about this I’d love to read it so leave me some links! X