Everyone’s reading journey starts somewhere. Some people have a love of reading since the day they first started reading. Others’ love of reading started later in life. Mine is somewhere in the middle.
I distinctly remember that I was in 6th grade when I first began reading more. Before that, I honestly didn’t enjoy reading much. I struggled getting through the required books that we were supposed to read in my English classes, so there was really no way that I would have wanted to pick up a book outside of school.
I do have some memories of my mom reading to me before bed, specifically Arthur by Marc Brown or The Magic Treehouse series, but that was mainly before I started to be able to read more on my own. I enjoyed listening to her read to me, but I still wasn’t inclined to pick up a book on my own. Like I said, it wasn’t until probably 6th grade that I became more interested in reading.
I had a really close friend back then who used to read a lot, and being that I was an impressionable 12-year-old, I decided to pick up some of the books she was reading. And it just blossomed from there. I literally picked up and read anything I could get my hands on. Any book one of my friends was reading at the time, I read. I got into The Maximum Ride series, and so many other series. My love of reading just grew after that.
I remember devouring anything by Sarah Dessen, many times when I was in 8th grade and into early high school. I think that’s where my love of contemporary fiction came from. Because that is a majority of what I read now, and the genre of my book that I’m writing.
And soon, I was transfixed by the Twilight saga, and every other vampire book that was being released at the time. Anything from Twilight to The Vampire Academy to The Sookie Stackhouse series, before it became a HBO tv show. Those series may be kind of problematic now that I’m older, but I don’t think I’d be the type of reader I am now without them.
Reading has become something that I can’t imagine my life without. I don’t know how I wasn’t able to get into it when I was younger. I wish I had read some of the series that many other kids my age were reading. But I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for my reading journey.