Growing up, my mum always pushed me and my sister towards reading to cure our boredom (and to challenge me to write my own stories, too). As a pre-teen I grew up with the Rainbow Magic book series, My Secret Unicorn stories and the incredible Roald Dahl. I was a fantasy girl, through and through; nothing excited me more than a magical story full of wonder and adventure. But that was when I was very young.
When I reached Secondary School I stopped reading for a little while until I saw a film that made me fall head over heels with the supernatural world (the only time I have seen the film before I read the book). I’m talking about the series that made all teenage girls fall in love with the sparkling vampire…Twilight.
I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved this series at the time. I feel that this book series is often the one that made people turn into avid readers. While I haven’t read the series in a very long time (and it’s probably best that I don’t), I can admit that it was the one that made me fall in love with reading. From that book I found so many amazing authors and their incredible stories, such as The Mortal Instruments, The House of Night series, The Vampire Diaries, The Hunger Games and many more.
Twilight made me join Goodreads, where I connected with like-minded people who enjoyed doing the same thing as me. I discovered stories that I otherwise wouldn’t have seen and, thanks to the Book Depository, I could order books that had only been released in the US. Stephanie Meyer helped to introduce me to the world of Young Adult books that I am still loving to this day.
This book in particular opened up a whole new world for me. It allowed me to explore different worlds, meet incredible characters and the books that I went on to read have influenced the way I write my own novels. I have taken the good aspects from them all and I let them mould me into the writer I am today. So when I get my first novel published I will be sure to thank them all for opening my eyes to magic that is reading.
What book made you become hooked on reading?