Thanks to Heather at Sometimes I'm A Story! for the open tag. This My Life Through Books tag was created by Rebekah at Horse Feathers. Well, my longtime readers have seen this bookcase before! Now it has some Japanese fans stuck at the top, my uni worksheets bottom left, and a bunch of ribbons hanging on the left because I never feel brave enough to wear them in my hair. Though I suppose it would be easier with my dreadlocks than with straight hair.
And don't forget my Plush Toy Army! They guard my books in case someone tries to "borrow" one when I'm not there. e_e
Did you like to read when you were little?
I know I've loved reading since I was little but as a baby... I really can't say. I know that I read Ladybird books and Biff and Chip books, but this young? I doubt it.
What was your favorite picture book?
Oooo I still own some of these! (They're torn and marked with chocolate fingerprints.) That includes the Happy Families books set by Allan Ahlberg, Winnie The Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul, Elmer by David McKee - and especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, which had little holes that I just LOVED putting my little fingers through.
Did you go through a book phase? (i.e. reading the thickest books, reading all an author’s books, etc.)
I did go through a book phase, but not at this age. At about this time I read Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, a lottt of Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
What books made you feel grown up?
I dunno. Books didn't make me feel "grown up", because at this time I read books for my age. I simply read what I liked. I know I did find Confessions of a Backup Dancer from the library at around this time. That book never fails to make me crack up laughing. I was looking at the Teen section in the library recently and saw many books I used to read. So nostalgic! I remember my school library had a series called Wicca by Cate Tiernan. ALL my friends were reading that.
Reading Heather post, I remembered something I thought I forgot. I read a book that I think was called Come Clean or Coming Clean, and it was the first time I'd read a book with explicit sexual abuse in it. I was really disturbed and sad for the character, and I couldn't think about anything else for quite some time. Of course I didn't know then that I would study The Kite Runner at college...
What are books that you rave about?
NOW I began to go through phases. I deliberately picked the biggest books, which is how I ended up reading fantasy - the original and unedited book of The Stand by Stephen King, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Magician by Raymond E. Feist, Trudi Canavan books and Alison Croggon books.
At some point I stumbled across some very steamy Jackie Collin books that gave me an aversion to erotica for life. I barely understood it then, I barely understand it now, and I think I was just easily disturbed by what I couldn't comprehend. oO
I also read whatever was trending at school - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, House Of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead which I ADORED. That was the one I raved about. Also I began reading manga: I loved Special A, Demon Diary, Chocolat, and Immortal Rain.
What are books that used to seem boring to you but now you really like?
I can't really answer that question. I began reading adult-targeted literature at about fourteen because of the whole I-want-to-tread-the-biggest-book thing. Also, many teen books I came across were stupid and/or ridiculous. One of my friends was really into It Girl and I didn't get that. So I felt a bit like I'd jumped a hoop. I never really went back to read teen lit, though I don't mind YA now.
My school friends were just as ambitious as I was - while I read Game of Thrones, they were reading Les Miserables and The Handmaid's Tale, which I ended up studying at university almost ten years later. Being 22, I can only say that my focus is on fantasy at the moment. You can see what I've read lately on my Goodreads - there's just too many books to bring up.
What are books from your childhood or teen years that you still cherish?
...I'M NOT AN OLD WOMAN YET! Haha, again, can't answer that. It would take too much time to go through them all. I will say, if I was to sell all my books for some reason, I would hang onto my Harry Potter, Roald Dahl and Darren Shan books until the very end.
If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! Although I am specifically tagging Imogen @ Gossiping with Dragons because I want to see her answers O_O
You can find out much more about my reading/writing history on my Writer Bio.
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Is there any particular book you used to love when you were very young? Comment below c: