I’ve always liked reading. When I was a little girl, my parents got me a collection of Disney stories on books and audio tapes that I would read and listen to over and over again and it was the best thing ever.

In middle school, I got into adventure/mystery books. I devoured the Famous Five and all the Nancy Drew books I could find at my local bookstore, which at the time weren’t that many. To this day, I haven’t read the first Nancy Drew, as it was always sold out at the bookstore and they couldn’t order it for me (ah, the old days).

Then, in high school, I remember reading the first book that really got under my skin and that I loved, even though it was mandatory reading for my Philosophy class, which was Nausea, by Jean Paul Sartre. Out of all my high school mandatory reading, this was the only one that stuck with me.

That lead directly into my early years at university, during which I didn’t read that much. I read the classics 1984 and Brave New World, the latter of which marked me deeply and it’s still one of my favourite books of all time.

I got into Harry Potter when the 4th book came out. I was trying very hard to resist the hype when my uncle gave me Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for my birthday. I was hesitant to start a series by its fourth book, but I did and I was immediatly obsessed with reading the third, and then the second and finally I read the first one. JK Rowling really knew how to mention just enough of the previous book that it made you want to know more.

In my later university years, I read a lot of Charles Bukowski and Chuck Palahniuk. Less Than Zero and Catcher in the Rye. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and The perks of being a Wallflower. The only book I remember not enjoying during this time, and the only one I did not finish, was Kerouac’s On the Road.

When I started working, I stopped reading almost entirely and got really into TV shows. I would still buy books whenever I was at the bookstore, but they sat for years on my shelves without a second glance.

And then there was the premiere of a TV show called Shadowhunters. Granted, I didn’t think much of it at first, but the pilot got me intrigued enough that I got City of Bones and started reading it immediately. Eventually, I read all 6 books of the Mortal Instruments series and found a great booktuber that helped me continue to discover more about fantasy books, especially YA – polandbananasbooks. I’ve since found a group of booktubers I can always count on when I need recommendations or simply when I need to know the opinions of others who are reading the same books I am – jessethereader, katytastic and abookutopia.

At the moment I’m reading a lot of fantasy. I try to mix it up a bit with some of those books that have been sitting on my bookshelves for years, which include a lot of classics and some books I bought without knowing anything about them simply because I liked the way they looked.

So this is where I am now. Currently 269% done with my 2016 book reading challenge of 52 books on GoodReads, and still going strong.

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