I often ask my followers what books got them into reading. What made them pick up a book and what made them stick around? What series hooked them? What book made a difference and had an impact on them? What books tested their love of reading and what books they reread every year like clockwork?
It’s no secret that I love books but I thought it would be nice to do a little getting to know me piece through my early history of books. I remember them well because as crazy as it sounds, they are moments that stood out in my life. I think it was because I finally found something that lit my soul on fire and it’s been burning ever since. Reading was something that I never really knew I needed. It gave me the chance to meet new people, become someone new, go on adventures, make mistakes, face demons and win battles. I often think that it gave me the tools to work in retail and corporate environments.
Here is a little snapshot of the books that made me fall in love with reading.
1. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – I got hooked on Tudors after this
2. Harry Potter by J K Rowling – I read these as they came out but I saw the first movie before I read any of the books *runs for cover*
3. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr – This was the first series I read start to finish in the space of two weeks
4. Twilight by Marissa Meyer – I LOVED it! I had to wait for the last two books to be released. I was the sole person at the book launch at my bookstore for Breaking Dawn lol.
5. Need by Carrie Jones – I stumbled across these in a $5 bookstore and got all of them except the second one. I had to just fill in the gaps by book three.
6. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – After book two I had to google if Clary and Jace were actually related because I was not down for what CC was throwing my way.
7. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – I picked this up at an airport and it was my first adult fantasy book. Loved it!
8. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa – After Wicked Lovely I tried to find as many Fey books as I could. There weren’t many around at the time.
9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Okay so I watched the BBC Colin Firth adaption and THEN read it. Colin Firth is perfection as Darcy and I’ll never accept another in that role.
10. The Charmed tie in novels by various authors. I loved Charmed so this was the perfect way to get in more reading.
After that it kind of blurs to where I am now, a bookaholic continually running out of space. Some books stay with me more than others. Sometimes for the story and characters other times for what was going on in my life at the time.
I would love to hear about some of the early books that shaped your reading addiction.