This week’s discussion is more of a storytime one. I want us all to share our stories of how we got into reading.
It’s without a doubt that to everyone here, reading is a huge part of our lives. But how did we get to this stage? How did we get so thoroughly entwined in the pages of books, that we’ve joined the book community rather than just move on?
What’s your reading story?
Honestly, I’ve always loved reading. There’s never been a moment in my life where I’ve not had a book nearby. Ever since I could read, I have. I still have some of the children’s books I loved most.
But it wasn’t as life consuming as it is to me now. I remember being excited about books in school. I loved the “dress up as a book character” sort of days (in which I ALWAYS went as Hermione because people said I looked like her), and whenever the reading groups got a new order of books in, I’d be straight there scouring through them all. I remember there being a book sale, in which I found a copy of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and was thrilled for the rest of the day. I remember thinking to myself “I should do my homework so that I can be like Hermione” – honestly most of my good grades in school were based on trying to be like Hermione.
Going up to secondary school, I remember being excited about assigned books for class (which I still get excited about). I remember us being set a homework task where we had to read 5 chapters of a book and summarise what happened – while the rest of the class groaned, I was giddily thinking of what book to choose (I went with Twilight).
All of these memories are so fond to me. And there’s so many more, but I figured I’ve rambled enough for this section. My point is, it’s always been a thing in my life, something I hold dearly.
Thinking back, I have no idea when the actual collecting kicked in. Where books became life-consuming. I mean, look at this –
I put this photo on Facebook in 2012 with a caption saying “my bookshelves are full”.
AHAHAH oh past Ashleigh, if only you knew…
Now I have over 300 books. There’s one of these shelves currently in use, with another 2 full wall length bookcases. I’d say I started collecting them in the year after this photo, so 2013. Now, considering that’s only 3 years ago, you can see that my collecting has spiralled.
And the cause? Like I said, I find it hard to pinpoint…but it hasn’t escaped my notice that I joined Twitter in the same year this photo was took. Originally, my twitter was a Harry Potter fan account, so it was 2013 where I actually ditched that and discovered the book community instead. Again – this being the year I started collecting more and more.
I always watched booktube, and soon instagram was joined on my social media list. So I do think a lot of the cause was just the fact that I saw more people talking about books on social media, introducing me to more reads.
And then we get to the “now” phase.
Like I said in the last section, I always watched Booktube. I’ve absolutely loved watching booktube for years now. And I wanted to be a booktuber myself. I’d imagine myself standing in front of a camera, talking about the things I love so much. But I don’t get along with technology all that much, and had no idea where to start. And so I kept imagining.
Then we get to last year, where I discovered WordPress through college (we have to keep our work updated on a blog for my course). I saw you could make more than one site under one account…and soon after, A Frolic Through Fiction was created. Now it’s become a sort of brand name for me, with all my social media – apart from facebook – relating to this blog, and people recognising me as A Frolic Through Fiction.
And yet the phase isn’t done. Because we get to last month…where after years of imagining, I kick started my booktube channel! And I couldn’t be more thrilled with how far this has all come.
So those are my stages. I went from loving reading, to it being pretty much the biggest part of my life. I read books. I blog about books. I make videos about books. I take photos of books. I talk to friends about books. Literally everything. I’m even hoping to have a job in Publishing when I’m older.
And that, my lovely friends, is my reading life so far.
So now it’s your turn!
When did you first get into reading? Tell me your story!
Do you have any fond memories related to reading?
Has your love for reading grown at all?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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