People my husband should blame for my obsessive reading habit…
The people who made me love books 🙂
If you have followed me for any length of time, you might have heard me talk about how I got my reading start. My mom and grandma were big readers (and so was my dad really!) so I grew up with books everywhere. As a young kid, my parents
bribed rewarded me with Babysitter Club books 🙂 I adored all those books!
My grandma Clary (mom’s mom) loved fantasy and she had a room filled with Anne McCaffrey books. It was also the room she smoked in, so it was kind of a fire hazard, but I still thought it was magical! I sometimes just looked at the covers!
In middle school and early high school, my dad and I read The Hobbit. Then we dove into the whole Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Then there was The Princess Bride (did you know it was a book?! Its amazing!) I also had an amazing English teacher (Ms. Wells) that actually got me to enjoy the classics. A Brave New World was my first dystopian book and I thought it was amazing!
In college, Amy-the best roomie ever-begged me to try romance. She started me off with Sweet Liar by Jude Deveraux because the heroine’s name was Samantha. It worked and I was hooked. We then binged on everything Deveraux had written-contemporary and historical. Then we moved on to Nora Roberts historicals. Then her contemporaries.
Then my mother swooped in with Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money. Once I binged all of that series (that was released at the time), she started bombarding me with books. Judith McNaught, Catherine Coulter, more Nora Roberts, and more. Seriously, the 2nd hand book store became our temple.
I eventually finished my bachelor’s degree and my master’s degree and began teaching 8th grade. My students introduced me to Twilight. I read all 4 books in 5 days. My dentist’s wife loaned me the last two 🙂 After that, my students starting recommending books like crazy and I couldn’t believe there were so many wonderful reads.
After years of teaching, my wonderful friend (and roommate for a short time in college!) Chrissy told me about Oyster (which sadly doesn’t exist any more). I discovered Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, and the world of New Adult romance bloomed into my life! It wasn’t too long after that when I began blogging. Mostly, because I missed the wonderful people in my life who chatted books with me. Now, my high school students hardly read, Amy has a baby, and we all have jobs. My mom and I still chat books at least! So, since my husband did NOT want to hear about my books, I turned to the internet!
Tell me: What were some of the books that got you hooked on books? How did your journey to reading unfold?
Awww, I love these kinds of posts. I love to see how readers became readers. I started reading after high school, got bored in the summer and picked up Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught from my sister’s stash and the rest is history. I never looked back. I glommed all things McNaught, Garwood, Nora Roberts, Deveraux, Linda Howard. Anything that I could get my hands on. I read it. Love this post!
I love that you came from a reading family. I read Danielle Steel in high school.
How awesome that your mom and your grandma introduced you to the reading-bug! My mom and grandma read a little, but I had a great-aunt who would always bring cases of books for me when we went on vacation at her cabin. It was awesome.
I love the blogging community for the same reasons you do – have someone to chat about books with. Share recommendations. Find new books and authors to add to my TBR 🙂
I love that reading was such a family affair for you. We always had books. My mom’s family is full of readers, but what I remember most, are the stacks and stacks of bodice rippers my grandmother had in her room. She liked to kick back with her spice drops and a nice Harlequin romance daily.
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