I can't remember when I found my love for reading as a child, but I, strangely enough, didn't read that much as a child. I loved to draw and I loved to sing back then. I actually joined the choir when I started attending school when I was 5-years-old and I still actually still sing a lot. I haven't been to choir for a couple of years though. I remember reading a lot when I was around 8-11. We lived in the country so there was a librarybus - instead of an actual library - and I always visited when it was in town. I found somewhere I belonged in books and they were my place to be at the time. I also remember a special summer, when I was around 12 or 13, where I read the entire Harry Potter series - it was great. I stopped reading again until 14 or 15 - then I really started reading and I've only been in short slumps (a few weeks at most) since then.
Some milestones I've reached and important 'events' (since 2011)
I discovered goodreads in October 2011, which is why it's my milestones since then.
- The first year I read 100+ books was 2013. 2013 is actually the year I read the absolute most (119 according to goodreads)
- The first book I ever gave 5 stars was Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden - back in 2011
- The longest book I've ever read is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling. A whopping 796 pages
- I gave 30 books 5 stars in 2014 - the highest number of 5 star reads in a year.
- I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time in 2012
- I've just read my first 'erotica'! - Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and I read my first New Adult book in 2014
- In 2013 I discovered that I absolutely love retellings and dystopia
- I read my very first historical fiction book in 2012 and hated it..
- I read my first nonfiction book in 2013
- I've read all of Dan Brown's books - I read the last one in the end of 2014. I've also read all of Rainbow Rowell's books.
- I became a reviewer in 2013 - and started receiving physical books for review in 2014.
- I started 'instagramming' in February 2014 and I started blogging in October 2013
I figured, in spirit of Colleen Hoover's new book; Confess, that I should confess some things - some of them may be a bit shameful. I actually wrote a post with a bunch of shameful book confessions a while back - so consider this an extension!
- I can't remember whether I've actually read the last book in the Harry Potter series and I don't know if I want to because I know it'll break me
- I started Fifty Shades of Grey last year in August or September and I've literally just finished it. Because of the ending I had to pick up the second book immediately and I enjoyed it way more. It might be one of the best things I've read this year so far.
- I claim that Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors, yet I've only read Pride and Prejudice.
- I bingeread series - and preferred series - before I really got into reading. Now I never read series.. I definitely prefer trilogies, duologies or standalones now.
- I've read Hunger Games 3 times. I read it in 2012, then received it for my birthday in the same year and read it again - so I read it 2 times in the course of 2 months...
- The only book by John Green I haven't read yet is Paper Towns. I loved The Fault in Our Stars but all his other books have fallen flat for me.. I've not enjoyed them nearly as much.
- I hate reading anthologies but I do enjoy a short story or novella once in a while
- I love the idea of reading classics but I don't really read them. I just say I will.
So, I have some things I want to get better at and I have some things I am looking forward to in the future. So here it is - the very last list of my post
- In the future I want to get better at reading series and actually finish the series I start
- I want to get better at reading classics
- I want to get better at reading my own books instead of prioritizing library books and books I receive for review all the time.
- I also want to get better at interacting with you guys! I want to write more posts or just better posts - I want to have a better blog.
- Reading books that I actually really really want to read and not just think - sounds good - is something I have to get better at. I want to start thinking: "Is this a book I think I'm going to enjoy?" - sometimes I read the book even though I have a feeling it's going to disappoint me.
- I really want to stop using netgalley as much as I do. The majority of the books I read are from netgalley and I want to stop that