First, a confession, I haven’t finished a book in a while… Like a long while!
I always told myself that it was because I was too busy but that wasn’t exactly it. It was a mixture of not finding the right book and of course, not actually wanting to read.
Not reading was strange for me at first because up until I stopped, sometime in my Junior year of High School, it was all I’d been doing through my two years in middle school and my freshman and sophomore year in High School.
For a long time I thought I could force it, but all that did was rack up my library late fees and leave me with a lot of half started books. Also, I’d started to appreciate visual story telling more and more which I’m sure contributed to my short attention span that prevented me from finishing an actual novel.
Regardless of that, I do still love reading and have started fitting it into my life again.
My book preferences have evolved. Even with not having read much over the last couple of years, I find that different kind of books catch my attention. It’ll be interesting to see how much more my taste in books will change as I start reading more.
When I started reading religiously I was 12! It feels like forever ago.
Actually, the very first series that really got me into reading, that I read at age 12, was “The Series of Unfortunate Events”
It’s a great series for children, I definitely think that if I went back and re-read it, I would still enjoy it. Although, I do think that I would find more issues with it now than I ever did when I was child. Not to the point where I would ruin it for myself but it would definitely drop on my list of favorite books.
I followed up that series with what, for a long time, I considered to be my all time favorite series, “Maximum Ride.”
Now the first Max Ride book “The Angel Experiment” dates back to early 2005, and I didn’t pick it up until around 2007 so by then there was two more books out, “School’s Out Forever” and “Saving the World and other Extreme Sports.” So I had a good amount to get through, which was nice because I really liked the character, even when the story took a turn for the worst in book four. But, despite the flop that book four, “The Final Warning,” was, I was already invested in the characters and their stories. So disappointment in where the series has gone aside, even today – I eagerly await any news related to Max Ride.
Like many people, I also jumped on the whole “book-to-movie” bandwagon. I started with Harry Potter, both because it was the most popular book-to-movie adaptation at the time but also because I’d already seen pieces of some of the movies and i really couldn’t take not knowing what was going on. I remember reading the books and watching whatever movies were out at the time simultaneously.
The funny thing about me reading Harry Potter, was that it took me becoming an adult for me to fully appreciate the series for what it was. Re-reading it is definitely in my near future!
I also followed both the Twilight and the Hunger Games craze.
After the initial Twilight craze I know a lot of people bashed the series, which I actually really enjoyed. For one, it was funny. And, two, even though I loved the series and a lot of people were saying negative things about it – I liked that so many people were talking about something I liked. I also felt that having read the book – many people I knew hadn’t and had only seen the movie – I was like the designated twilight encyclopedia friend. While I was critical, I never did hate the series. I think it has it’s flaws but overall it’s a good story. I also appreciate it because it was the first YA novel I read – Maximum Ride is YA but I don’t know, its different – and it sort of got me into similar books. One of which was Hunger Games.
I don’t know how popular YA was before Twilight and Hunger Games, but in my opinion both books were trailblazers for the YA genre. I definitely got pulled into the Vampire themed stuff through Twilight. I read The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd as well as part of The Vampire Diaries, but that was the extent of that.
Hunger Games was the trailblazer for the dystopian future theme but I’ve yet to read any of the popular novels that followed after it. The closest to “dystopian future” that I read after Hunger Games was part of the Gone series but it wasn’t exactly dystopian future. Not like Divergent, Maze Runner, and others like Hunger Games.
Although I’ve read more books in between, the last one that really stuck with me, was Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I’ve read all of the first series but not the second one. I know that Percy’s character continues to pop up in the vast universe that the author has created but I don’t know much about him past the ending of the Heroes of Olympus series. I read spoilers online but I still want to finish whatever is out there that follows his story or mentions him.
One of the things that I find particularly interesting about Percy’s story is that when I started reading it – I was around the same age as his character in The Lightning Thief and the Sea of Monsters, then I got older and his character also aged. I’m really looking forward to reading an older teenage Percy’s perspective.
As I prepare to really get in to reading again, I really want to include new books that I’ve never picked up before – books that I typically wouldn’t read. But, I also really want to go back and re-read some of my favorites and maybe even finish some of the books I left half way through.
P.S What books hooked you in and what books should I be adding to my list!?