One question a bookworm would always receive is: How did your love for reading started?
Well.. I actually don’t know.
Memories from my childhood are super vague so I don’t remember much from it, but based from what everyone used to tell me, I already know how to identify objects, drawings or things at the age of 1 and have learned how to read by the young age of 3.
Trivia: I am already talking even before I turned 1! That’s how talkative I am! That is also the reason why everyone loved me as a kid. Everyone likes talking to me because I was known as that bubbly, talkative kid who has answers to everything they say. Hahaha.
Fast forward when I was about to start school, I remember how I was asked to go to the school principal’s office with my Mom and was told to read this certain book in front of the principal herself. I was young, I probably didn’t even know what I was doing, but I just did what I have been told.
I was accelerated after.
What I remember next is that I just loved reading and reading books; until my 7th birthday came and one of my godmothers gave me this storybook about Disney princesses. It was a big, blue, hardbound book, filled with beautiful drawings and stories about Cinderella, Snow White, and other princesses – which automatically became my favorite book that time. I kept on rereading and rereading it, smelling it (!!), until I grew older and had other favorite books.
You will find me reading everywhere.
I even had prescription glasses when I was younger because I used to read even if I’m in a dark place or I’m in a moving vehicle. (I can’t do that anymore. I get dizzy every time I’m reading in a moving car. Or even just by using my phone. Sign of aging na ata ito.)
One sermon I wouldn’t forget is that one night when my family and I were heading somewhere then my Mom told me that I should stop reading because it’s dark and we’re inside a moving vehicle! Guess what I’m reading that time? A psychology book.
What the hell? I was in grade school and I’m already reading about the things I’m writing on my blog. Self-help, optimism, positivity, and such. I know, I can’t believe it myself, as well.
And I guess that’s how it all started.
I learned how to save money at a young age so that I can buy my own books because my parents never spoiled my brother and I. They would give us what we want from time to time, but usually, they would always tell us to work hard for something that we want; and that it’s hard to earn money. With that, we were never the “Mom, Dad, I want this. Please buy me this.” kind of children. And for me, that’s a good thing because I brought that lesson with me until I grew older.
Regarding my book genre
I never really knew anything about “genre” and never cared about it when I was younger. All I know is that I just wanted to read. That’s all. Though of course, what I read are age-appropriate so I started with Disney storybooks to Winx to W.I.T.C.H and other stories related or close to that. The brave kid in me even read horror books that time!!
When I turned High School, that’s when I started reading books written by Bob Ong, Nicholas Sparks, Rick Riordan – who turned out to be my first favorite author because of the Percy Jackson Series – and other Young Adult genre authors.
Up unto this day, Young Adult Contemporary is the genre that I’m still into. Though sometimes, I read other genres whenever I feel like it; so I guess, genre really isn’t a thing for me in choosing which books to read.
My thoughts on collecting books
A lot of people would tell me how expensive my collection is. And I won’t deny; it’s kinda true. Books usually cost around 300-1000+ PHP and if I would compute how much I’ve already spent with all my books, I could probably travel to 2 or 3 countries with that amount of money.
But what I would always tell them after is how priceless the learning and knowledge I’ve had from reading those books. I’ve traveled to different cities, experienced a lot of adventures, felt different kinds of feels, just by reading. It’s a treasure that I will bring with me until my last breath and no amount of money could take that away from me. From us.
Hardbound or paperback? Paperback. I don’t own any hardbound books because #1: they are more expensive; #2, the paper cover thing on hardbound books distracts me; and #3, I started with paperback books and I would totally feel OC if ever I buy one and put it on my shelf.
Physical copy or eBooks? I never liked reading eBooks. Probably because I would just be on my phone or another device (again), and one of the reasons why I’m reading is to escape that digital world I’m in. Besides, I am in love with the smell of books!!
How long does it take for you to read a book? I can say that I’m a fast reader so if ever I really am into that book, I can finish it within the day. But if not, I can turn into a slump and read that book chapter by chapter for months. (Which totally ruins my Reading Book Challenge in Goodreads.)
Do you need a room to be silent while you read? YES. Yeeees. I am so amazed with people who can read (and write!!) while listening to music. H O W?! Whenever I do that, I get so distracted especially if I know the song because a part of me is already singing and I just.. can’t do both. I also tried reading with just instrumentals on the background and I still can’t.
Favorite book or author? I don’t have one. But every time someone asks for a recommendation, I would refer Every Day by David Levithan.
Oh, and by the way, did you know that it’s just this year – 2017!! – when I watched the Harry Potter movie series because I have never read any of the books until early this year? My boyfriend gave me the HP set for my birthday last year probably because he pities me for not having to watch the movie yet. Hahaha. I know it’s always showing on movie channels but I never really watch it because I told myself that I will only watch HP once I have read the books. (Eh ang mahal ng set ng HP so ‘yun, natagalan….)
Another fun fact: My Mom loves to read as well and I think I got my love for books from her. She loves reading so much that my name, Amielle, is actually a character from one of her favorite books. :)
I guess that’s it for my book shenanigans! How about you? What got you into reading and what’s your most recommended book so far? Just leave a question in the comment box if you have any and I would love to talk with you. Have a great week ahead!