Monday, April 28, 2014

[Coffee Shop Talks] What Sparked Your Reading Bug?





Reading was always a hobby of mine when I was a kid. My favorite series were The Babysitter's Club, Misty, & Goosebumps. I still have my old copies of Night of the Living Dummy, Say Cheese & Die!, Dawn Saves the Planet, & Mallory Hates Boys. I won't say I spent more time reading than I did playing outside because I was very much a tomboy who loved climbing trees and riding bikes, but I also loved the book fair and reading was one of my favorite past times.

   
      


In my teenage years I became less interested in reading books. Instead I collected magazines like Teen Beat, Bop, Seventeen & a few others. I ripped out posters of JTT, Andrew Keegan and TLC and stuck them all over my walls.

      


When I became an adult I decided to start reading again. I was fascinated with true crime novels and every 2 or 3 months I would read one. I still am interested in these real life horror stories, but I prefer watching murder mysteries, serial killer documentaries, shows like Snapped, and news articles I come across.

      


Then I found a love story named Twilight and I kinda, sorta fell in love. I'm 100% certain that if I were to read Twilight today I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I did 5 years ago. I have too many other stories to compare it to now and my taste in paranormal reading has changed since then. But I have to give credit where credit is due. I have Meyers to thank for leading me to authors like Jeaniene Frost, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris & JR Ward. Within a month of reading Twilight I was devouring the Anita Blake series and then immediately after it was Sookie Stackhouse. I never would have imagined that I would be so into vampires, werewolves, demons, fae, etc.  



      


So what about you? What sparked your reading bug?




      

12 comments:

88dreamers said...

I think you just told my story..Just put in some VC Andrews when I was 11 or so, and some David Eddings when I was 16 or so.. instead of true crime place in some James Patterson novels. and then yes, cue twilight and instead of those authors, just make it YA in general.

I always loved reading, bringing home many books from school. Then mum bought me some books, then I was borrowing from anyone and everyone. I used to have a few favourite authors, now I have a few too many!

88dreamers @ Seriesly Reading

Jamie said...

ITA with you re: Twilight. But when I read it? OMG. I thought it was the best thing ever. I started reading as an adult before that, though, when I heard all the buzz about Sookie Stackhouse. Sookie got me back into reading in a huge way.

ahz1 said...

I've been a reader most of my life. I remember going to the library and taking out 10 books a week and finishing them long before we were supposed to go back. Books have always been my escape. I stopped reading for leisure when I was in university. Just no time. When I started working, I had a long commute so I would read Stephen King. Nothing like an old rickety train through a dark tunnel and Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. Then kid 1 was born. He was loud, fussy, and never slept. I stopped reading for a few years until Twilight came out. Like you, I fell in love with it. Then I discovered urban fantasy and paranormal romance and a whole new fantasy genre that I never enjoyed previously. Now I constantly have a book or 2 going as well as an audio book.
AH@BadassBookReviews

LilyElement said...

We had a reading program in middle school that I thought I wasn't going to enjoy. I wound up finding a book I really liked and started reading.

ANNE HANNAH said...

Wow. You just described my life word for word. Including Twilight getting me back into the swing of full-time reading! I doubt I'd give it 5 stars if I did a reread, but I owe Meyers big-time.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I've been a reader since as long as I can remember. My mom always had a book in her hands growing up, so that probably had something to do with it. I love this weeks' discussion topic BTW!

Bookworm Brandee said...

*grins* Twilight did the same for me!! I've always been a reader - I read Little House, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys as a kid. In 7th grade, I found Pride & Prejudice and the like. I read lots of Grisham in college - aside from all the books I read as an Eng Lit major. But it was Twilight that helped me step out of my box. :)

Jennifer TheBookNympho said...

I wasn't much of a reader when I was young. I do remember having one summer where I read a few of R.L. Stine's books then stopped until I picked up Twilight back in 2008 before the movie came out. And I've been reading like crazy ever since.

Traci Horton said...

I've only read a few true crime books, but of all the non-fiction out there they are my favorite. Like you though, I'm drawn to the tv documentaries and crime-related shows.

Danielle Romero said...

LOL i wasnt a childhood reader but Twilight was def what got me into books :D

Alyn Yang said...

I have always loved reading as a child. Like you I grew up with Babysitter's Club and Goosebumps. I also did Sweet Valley Twins all the way up to their high school years! I have always been interested in paranormal books and fantasy books. I think it's mainly a result of my love for fairy tales. I still read quite a bit for pleasure when I was in college. I read a lot of non-fiction and classics during that time. I don't know why but I never got into Twilight. I tried, I really did, but it wasn't meant to be.

Alexa said...

I would say my reading bug didn't start until high school. I hated reading when I was younger and actually had to have extra help learning how to read when I was in grade school. I just didn't want to sit inside and read when I could be outside swimming most of the year. (I live in Arizona so swimming is possible about half the year). I started picking up more books in 7th grade and slowly but surely started reading more and more the years following that, especially once I was in high school. I started with YA and Adult Romance and they are still my preferred genres today.

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