l“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Most About pages on book blogs that I’ve read seem to begin with a story from the author all about how they fell in love with reading. My origins with reading may be a little different to theirs.
Looking back, I can’t think of one definitive moment in my childhood that made me fall in love with reading. Reading and storytelling is something that was ingrained in me from a very early age. Required reading and spelling tests at school were always a joy for me, and I always made it my mission to complete these books as quickly as possible.
Really, that’s all there is to it. My love of reading began when I learned to read my first word, and it hasn’t stopped since. What began with childhood classics like Topsy & Tim soon evolved into young adult classics like Harry Potter, then required school reading like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre (still two of my favorite novels to this day), which eventually led me to discover my true love: literary fiction.
My love and appreciation for reading good writing eventually led me to study Journalism at university where I achieved my B.A and M.A degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication. Throughout my studies, my love of reading never wavered. Although real life can be busy (especially working a full-time job and juggling life commitments), books and reading are always there as my escape and source of inspiration. This blog evolved as a way for me to document this passion and share some excellent reads with the world.
I usually favor slow, sprawling novels. I’m a particular sucker for family sagas and character studies, and anything that’s multi-generational and/or multi-perspective. I consider my favorite novel of all time as East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I avoid thrillers and fast-paced, action-packed novels as much as I can. If you think I’d be interested in receiving a book in exchange for an honest review, please get in touch with me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org