Happy National Book Lover’s Day!

Hey everyone! It’s National Book Lover’s Day! To celebrate, I thought I would write a little something about my love for books! To view a quick list of ten reasons I love books/reading, click here!


For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved reading. There was just something about the words on the page and what they had to say that moved me. While I wasn’t really choosy about what genre I read, I mostly focused my time and energy on fantasy. However, I also remember reading books like the Cam Jansen mystery series as well as others.

While I did watch TV as a child, I think I mostly read. I remember sometimes even reading a whole book in one day (maybe to some this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I don’t usually still do this).

I remember a lot of moments from my young reading life. I remember becoming utterly excited every time there would be a book fair at my school. I remember looking through the pamphlet you’d get beforehand showing off just some of the books that would be for sale. I can also clearly see my young self constantly picking out a joke book and purchasing it – something that my mother would always laugh about since I seemed to always buy one when I got the chance! To be honest, I’m not even sure I thought the jokes were funny! Then there was the Harry Potter phase. I never went truly overboard with liking the book, but after constantly hearing from my best friend at the time (and pretty much everyone else) about how good the book was, I decided to give it a shot. Lo and behold, I liked it! I believe I ended up reading close to all of the books. While I’m not a fan anymore and as I mentioned, was never a huge fan, I did enjoy reading them the first time around.

So from joke books to the Cam Jansen mystery series to the Harry Potter series to A Series of Unfortunate Events, and everything in between, I’ve always enjoyed reading and buying books. They’ve always been a source of adventure for me; of excitement and fun. Books will always hold a special place in my heart.

When it came to knowing what I wanted to do in life, I wasn’t always sure. I’ve always been kind of fascinated with writing, of course, but I’ve also liked the idea of fashion design and being around animals. In fact, when it came to fashion design, I used to play around with sketching T-shirts and the like, trying to imagine what the next cool designs in clothing could be.

However as time went on, I realized that I really did love to write. When in elementary school, my best friend and I would goof around with writing short stories together. I also used to write some poetry. When it came to deciding in high school what I’d major in when I attended college, the answer became obvious: I wanted to major in English or Writing!

Since the college I attended didn’t offer Writing as a major, I took it as a minor and took English as my major. While reading classics written by Shakespeare and Chaucer wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, I learned a lot in college about various forms of literature. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed my writing classes and young adult literature course!

But let’s get back to books, and my love of them. While I don’t read as much as I used to and I tend to watch more TV then turn the pages of a good novel, I still love reading and respect literature very much. I realize the importance of teaching your kids to read at an early age and I understand how vital it is to keep reading – to expand your horizons and allow the written world to open your mind to both the possible and impossible. Reading is essential, and therefore, so is writing. Never forget the importance of books – of reading. The world would be a scary place without it.

I will forever love books – both reading and writing them!

 

My Writing Life

If you were to ask me when I knew I wanted to be an author, I’d probably have to say in high school. However, if you asked me when I began to love writing, I’d have to go back way further than that.

I always remember being in first grade and, with my finger, tracing in the carpet a letter. Maybe it was the letter ‘B’, I’m not totally sure. I even think my teacher at the time commented about it and how it showed I was interested in letters or writing or, something like that. It was a long time ago so the memory is a little fuzzy. I do remember tracing in the carpeting though and I remember loving to write.

As time went on, my best friend and I would write stories together in elementary school. We’d pick up a notebook and just start writing. I also remember distinctively writing poetry – maybe not very good poetry (it centered around a crush I had and I remember just repeating the same lines over and over again), but poetry nonetheless.

Above all else, I’ve always liked to write stories. I’ve tried my hand at writing poetry and even song lyrics (some have come out okay), but neither of these have felt as good and as right as when I write stories.

When I was younger, I read a lot. I still read today, but not as much. Sadly, I think I’ve become what is  known as a ‘mood reader’, a term I’ve recently learned means that, well, I have to be in the mood to read. Unfortunately, I’m often not in the mood. This is going to make me sound old, but I think due to the internet and TV, I sometimes tend to choose that over reading. It’s instant gratification and takes less thinking. Plus, it’s a lot more visual. I’m not saying that I like it more, it’s just how things have turned out. Trust me, I still love to read and find it way more essential than watching TV or surfing the web.

My point is that I’ve always loved to read and have found it extremely important. I think the love for reading is what made me love writing. Being a writer helps you become part of the literary world. I’ve admired so many authors over the years and have enjoyed reading their work. Now, as a writer, I can express myself and my ideas through words and literature. Hopefully, just as I’ve enjoyed many books over the years, readers will enjoy my writing.

The thought that someone could read a book that I wrote and fall in love with it makes me so happy. It’s not about the money or the fame (though those are nice things), but rather it’s about being able to give something to others that they will enjoy. Also, I love the idea of being part of something so wonderful.

So that’s my writing journey in a nutshell, or a post for that matter! What’s your writing journey? When did your love for writing begin?