If you’re not much of a reader, then this post will probably bore you to tears. But then again, if you’re reading this at all, you love to read in some capacity or another.
I feel like as we grow up, a lot of things about who we are change, evolve. Which is great, we should never feel bound to our old selves. However there’s that feature of our character that doesn’t change, that stays with us throughout the passage of time.
That’s my relationship with books. I love to read. I’ve always found comfort, a safe refuge, an instantly ready escape within the pages of books and the four walls of libraries.
Stories made me feel like I could be whoever I wanted to be, go wherever I wanted to go. There were no borders or barriers or limitations. I could slip out of reality when the world was dull and grey.
Books still do all those things for me.
I first came to my favourite library, Walmer library, around the age of six. I read everything I could get my hands on, dancing between books by Enid Blyton and Judy Blume, Dr. Seuss and J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl and Anthony Horowitz, Lemony Snicket to Cathy Cassidy, the list goes on and on.
I still do read some of those author’s books up till now. As a reader, I feel like I’m at that weird in-between stage where I’m holding on to the children’s section and dabbling in the classics I should have read a long time ago while dipping my toes into the pool of adult literature.
I’ll admit there are tonnes and tonnes of common books I’ve never ever read (for one, Pride And Prejudice. Started it and couldn’t finish. Or anything by Shakespeare. Not my cup of tea).
But I’m trying to diversify my taste. Maybe some books just demand an acquired taste. Like eating your fruits (ugh) and veggies (forever yum).
My golden rule still stands: Never ever force yourself to finish a less-than-great book. If it’s dull or you feel yourself having to force yourself through it, dump it. There are enough good books out there, books for everyone and for all tastes. And like music, never let anyone shame you for your book tastes. The world is big enough for the Taylor Swift lovers and The Rolling Stones lovers, and the Shakespeare boffins and the mainstream young adult novel worshipers too. A book’s a book.
My all time favourites include:
-The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (boy finds out he’s a wizard!)
-The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (prepare to be emotionally torn. To. Pieces.)
-Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (most hilarious book ever, just an overall good book)
-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (never thought I’d read a book from the perspectives given within this book, i.e. death)
-Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (wow, did not think it was possible to relate to a fictional character so much! And wow, what trouble is Anne gonna get into next, the girl.is always out doing herself without even trying lol. I think I re-wrote the entire book into my journal because every word in every page was so good. If you follow me on Insta I’ll be using quotes from the book as captions for the rest of my twenties, I reckon. #SorryNotSorry
-The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Deep. So so honest, about life, about a lot of things)
-Driftwood and Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy (whoa this woman knows how to paint the perfect tragedies, your heart will be torn out of your chest. Don’t be fooled by the happy-go-lucky covers)
-The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (never read such rich imagery painted by words in my life. And I am still SO MAD AT THE ENDING, GAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!)
-The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (so so witty, in fact, the definition of wit)
Books I’ve read so far this year, 2017:
-Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy
-The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger
-Alex Rider: Crocodile Tears
-Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
-Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
-Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
-Indigo Blue by Cathy Cassidy
-Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy
-Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg
-Anne of green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
-The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
What are your favorite books? And what are you currently reading? 🙂