So, who is the girl behind the book?
I have been reading books since I can remember, sincerely loving the work of Jacqueline Wilson, who I met when I was around 8 or 9, Louise Rennison and many other incredible authors.
I was always found with my nose in a book, in fact, I much preferred it to going out to play with my friends in the street (to this day, I can’t ride a bike!) and the moment the school book fayre catalogue was released, I was giddy with excitement and anticipation for when those glorious trollies found their way into the school library. I’d always be the girl with the countless books in her transparent zip lock wallet from school and I’d forever count the characters as much friends. Including, Tracey Beaker, Ellie, from Girls in Love, Violet, from Midnight and I’d always be a secret member of the Ace Gang from the Angus, Thongs… series I, so very much loved.
I’m not sure if this is a well known fact among book readers, but I love the smell of books. Old books, new books, any books. Is it possible to get it into a bottle or a candle? Upon getting a new book, I’d plant my nose straight between the pages and take a long, hard inhale. Ah, bliss.
My reading genres vary but over time have grown.
I’m a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers. There’s just something about solving the literary enigma in front of me. I often pronounce my theories to anyone who will listen, something I’ve always done due to watching CSI with my Grandparents, “It’s that guy! I’m telling you! I know it’s that guy that killed her!”. I was often wrong, which, excitingly, is still the case now with books I read.
I also adore romance novels. Call me cliche, but is there anything more satisfying than reading a love story? You can imagine your own leading men, hello Jake Gyllenhaal, hello Zac Efron, and imagine yourself as the main character. Like a dress up doll as a child but as a character instead.
I’ll always be fond of YA books too. Even in my twenties, there is something so beautiful about YA books. For one, you feel like a teenager again. You also learn so much about the teens of today. As you grow up, you sort of forget struggles you faced and troubles you had so when reading these books, it’s nice to look back and see how far you’ve come, just as the young adult audience will too, one day.
Crime books. Did your heart flutter? Mine did. True stories, made up stories, anything. Give me them and I will dive in, head first and give you every emotion. I’ll gasp, I’ll read aloud, I’ll chunter away, but I will love every single second.
So, as you can see, I love to read. So, why not do something about it? Why not share with the world how books make me feel and praise the authors for their incredible work? Why not recommend books to others and receive recommendations for myself along the way?
Kindle eBooks, paperback books, hardback books, I don’t care. Just take me away to somewhere new, give me exciting characters, give me puzzles to solve and love stories to be jealous of and I am well and truly yours.