I was trying to come up with ideas for posts this week and I really felt like writing something more personal about my relationship with books and reading how it has developed and changed throughout my life. So I decided to try and make it into a tag so that others can share their journey with books too.
I’m not going to make any specific rules, per say. Only that you have fun and enjoy sharing this with your readers if you decide to take part! Welcome to the My Books and Me Tag!
Going back to where it all started: How did your journey with books begin?
I think it began how a lot of people’s did, being taught how to read and write. My mum would always read me and my brother stories before bed. I actually struggled with reading at an early age and a lovely teacher at my first primary school set up a special group to help me improve. My mum always reminds me of how much it benefited my confidence with reading.
What were some of your favourite childhood books/series growing up?
One book that really stands out to me is a children’s book called Guess How Much I Love You written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. It brings a little tear to my eye just thinking about it. My mum used to read this to me all the time.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I would spend so much time reading horse-related books because I was horse crazy. I still am to an extent. Jacqueline Wilson played a huge part in me reading at a very young age also. Into my teens I started to read less and less as I became consumed by secondary school.
What books take you back to your teenage years?
I barely read a thing that wasn’t purely for school until I was about 22. Everything I read in my late teens was for my A-Levels/GCSE’s. I had zero time to read for pleasure! I spent my late teens reading things like Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals and Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics and nothing remotely fictional at all. So although there aren’t really any books that take me back to that time, I don’t regret studying so hard! The hard work paid off.
How much has your taste in genre changed throughout your life?
If I’m honest I think I didn’t really know what genre I liked until a year or so ago. I would just go to a book store, look at the covers/blurbs and see what caught my eye. Three Dark Crowns introduced me to YA Fantasy Fiction and I have been obsessed ever sense really!
Jumping to the present: What book are you currently reading and your thoughts on it?
I just finished reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare two days ago. Absolutely loved it! You can read my review here. I like to have a bit of a break in between books to avoid getting into a repetitive slump. I am planning to start Clockwork Angel this week, I am incredibly excited for it!
A book or series that has a special place in your heart?
Most of you will know, for me its Three Dark Crowns. I actually feel like writing an entire post about why this series means so much to me but for now I will keep it short. Last year, I was scrolling through Twitter and saw someone had posted a poll asking which book they should read next and I saw the cover for Three Dark Crowns. I thought it was absolutely stunning and purchased it straight away on Amazon. Wanting to get back into reading for pleasure, this was where it all started for me. It was like I opened to door to Wonderland reading this book and because of it I am where I am now and that’s why it means so much to me.
What has kept you reading until now and why?
I think for me in my life right now, it’s mostly escapism. Young Adulthood is so stressful. I feel like nobody ever prepares you for how hard your 20’s are going to be? You are told to grow up and get a job and all these things but there’s so much more to it than that. Books allow me to take time out of my day to forget the stresses of life and imagine myself somewhere else.
Do you stick to books within your current age-range or expand?
I read whatever I feel like! I don’t like the idea of feeling embarrassed or ashamed for reading something that isn’t intentionally made for my current age. If I want to walk into Waterstones and pick up The Hungry Caterpillar I can and I will! Jokes aside, I don’t pay much attention to age ratings on books.
And finally the future: What was the last book you added to your TBR and why?
For me it was Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I had seen that everyone was raving about Finale on Instagram and Twitter and I had to see what all the hype was about for myself! Only God knows how long its going to sit on my TBR for but it was the last one I added.
What do you hope for the future of your favourite book genre?
I’m looking forward to just seeing what the YA Fantasy genre has to offer in general from new and upcoming authors. I hope to see the genre continue to promote equality and diversity within the stories themselves and amongst the authors, writers and the publishing industry as a whole. I hope fantasy continues to expand how we think and take our minds to new worlds. Finally, I hope that it continues to be a genre that thrives and that it’s popularity increases so we get to see more from it.
How many books do you predict you will have read by the end of the year?
I am going to make a complete guess and say 25. My Goodreads challenge was initially a measly 5 books which is hilarious to think about now! I put it up to 20 but I am already 4 books ahead of schedule and we have 7 months of the year left. Moreover, I have a lot of series I want to get through which I predict will mean I get through more books than if I was sticking to stand alone books. It will be interesting to see how many books future me has read by the end of the year!
Lastly, What books are you most looking forward to being released in the future?
For me it is hands down Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake which releases September 2019.While I am so sad that it is ending, I really want to see how she ends the story. I am also excited for the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer because I adored that book so much last month.
I hope you guys enjoyed the My Books and Me Tag! Feel free to take part in the tag yourselves! I’d love to read your guys’ posts.