As a child, I always had a book in my hands whether it be for school or for pleasure. My whole family are avid readers so my Mum strongly encouraged it from a very early age and my in primary school my teachers were always sending me home with a new book every night. I don’t actually still have any of the books that I had as a child because I passed most of them on to my cousin when she was old enough to read and there are now some very worn and well read books on her shelves. I do wish that I had kept some of them now though as Point Horror books are very hard to come by in good condition.
When I was about 8, my Nanna bought me some Enid Blyton books for Christmas and I was instantly hooked. The Magic Faraway Tree books have always been my favourites and I bought them again last year and I still enjoyed them as much as I did as a child. I guess these were the first kind of fantasy books that I ever read. I loved thinking about what worlds I would like to visit if the tree was real and what magic things I would find there. I do find it strange that names have been changed in the newer versions of these books because they just don’t feel quite the same anymore.
I think it was as soon as I reached secondary school that I stopped reading for pleasure. None of my friends have ever really read anything apart from for school and having such a busy social life stopped me from having the time. Then I began to notice boys and realised that my love of reading didn’t stand a chance compared to spending time with my boyfriend and friends and just generally having a good time.
I moved to Canada for a year when I was 20 and found myself with a good job that didn’t pay very well at all. I was spending all the money I had on going out but after being there half a year, I realised that I just couldn’t go out 7 nights a week anymore. My friend Zoya from work was forever babbling to me about books and telling me how romantic and great they were. I eventually gave in and asked her to lend me a couple as the guy I lived with was going away for a week and I would be in the apartment on my own for hours each day. The first batch of books that she lent me was Perfect and Paradise by Judith McNaught and while I thought I would never read this genre, I loved both of them. Zoya also got me hooked on Historical Romance and Julia Quinn and Gaelen Foley were some of the first authors in this genre that I read. I now have every book they have written that has been released in the UK.
I brought my re-found love of reading back to the UK but only carried on reading romances. My best friend, Ryan who lives in Scotland knows how much I love anything fantasy in films and TV so he thought he would try to move this love over into the book world. As a birthday present he sent me a copy of Knife by R.J. Anderson for two reasons. It was about faeries and the cover was absolutely stunning. He knows me better than anyone else so I decided to trust his judgement and take a chance on this book. I fell in love with the world that was created and the characters and was hooked after only a couple of pages. Immediately after finishing Knife, I went to Amazon to see what else there was in this genre and found so much that looked interesting. That was a couple of years ago now and I have been reading YA fantasy ever since.
I actually have to say thanks to Rhiana as well. She was a huge help when I started blogging and has recommended and sent me some great books to me that I would have never picked on my own. Perfect Chemistry and Della Says: OMG have been two of my favourite books this year and I would have never read them without her!
As you can see, many people have contributed to my love of books. I don’t really know what I would do if I didn’t read now and I couldn’t imagine life without it, so much so that I decided to finally go to university to study English!