We all know I'm a major book worm now, but the truth is that I wasn't always such an avid reader. I have always loved books, but it wasn't until my twenties when I became a read-everyday kind of person.
Now that I consider myself a real book worm, I look back at my childhood and can reflect on the evolution of a budding bibliophile in the making...
- During our school's book fair, I would hide my favorite books behind other books so that when I returned the next day with money, I knew I would have a copy hidden away just for me.
- I grew up in a small town where I could ride my bike into town alone. The place I frequented the most was the library. I can still remember the smell of that particular library as well as it's exact layout.
- I was a huge fan of the original American Girls. Molly was my favorite. Samantha was my second favorite. It was never about the dolls back then. It was about the books.
- Once I reached high school, I was less inclined to read books and more inclined to read scripts and plays. I went through a pretty serious Shakespeare phase and felt somehow connected to him after learning that we shared a birthday. (I was a teenager, don't judge)
I memorized most of Romeo & Juliet, all of Ophelia's lines in Hamlet and the entire "to be or not to be" soliloquy. I was pretty dead set on becoming a screenwriter or playwright when I grew up.
- The book that turned me into an everyday reader was In the Country of the Young by Lisa Carey. I read it in 2006. Before that I only read books sporadically and not everyday.
- I read Twilight during the week that the last book came out. It wasn't nearly as crazy as it became a year later. I was on a road trip to California with my friends, and they were constantly yelling at me for reading instead of talking to them.
- The first Jane Austen book I read was Northanger Abbey, and I hated it.
- I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but didn't finish it and picked up the original P&P instead. It was the first classic novel I read just for fun, and I actually enjoyed it.
- My favorite classic novel is still Jane Eyre.
- I listen to audiobooks while I clean. My house is usually a lot cleaner because of it.
- I bite my nails and play with my hair while I read.
- Nobody can be touching me while I'm reading. (weird, I know)
- I tend to mimic the characters' facial expressions. If the character squints, I squint. If the character sighs, I sigh. If the character pouts, I pout. I'm sure I look crazy to anyone watching me.
- I do the majority of my reading in bed or the bath. If I read in public, I have to have headphones in or I get distracted by people talking.
- I have read 3 times more books in 2012 than I did in 2011.
- My favorite genre is still YA and I don't care what people think of that. My favorite sub-genre is dystopian. My favorite YA dystopian novel is The Hunger Games. My favorite adult dystopia is The Handmaid's Tale.
- I hope to one day write a novel of my own. Next year, I will complete my degree in creative writing and finally be on track to doing what I know I was always meant to do.
(Ironically, I don't intend on writing a YA or dystopian novel)
Well that was fun! I love looking back and seeing how I have become the avid book lover that I am today.
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As for next week...it's that time of year again! The best of 2012! I want to hear the best books you read this year. Or share all the books you read this year. A year in review in terms of reading...