Two of my favorite things in the world are reading and knitting– sometimes simultaneously. (Cats and dessert rank up there too, but that’s a different blog.)
I’ve always been a reader. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted nothing more than to immerse myself in someone else’s world; to see life through someone else’s eyes. The first series I remember devouring in its whole, expansive entirety was Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-sitters Club–nearly 200 books that I couldn’t put down. From the original series to the Super Specials to the Mysteries, I was hooked. I wanted to live in Stoneybrook and hang out in Claudia’s bedroom with my new besties. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, for years I proudly claimed “babysitter” as my future career. I didn’t end up heading in that direction, however– at least not in the technical sense. I’m the Lead Bookseller for the Children’s Department at a major bookstore. So I guess it’s kind of the same thing.
It wasn’t until I got a job as a bookseller that I started reading YA almost exclusively. Having passed the “young” stage years ago, and heading full-on into the “adult” part, it never occurred to me that I could still read YA. But it all started with Twilight. I knew nothing about the series at first, but nearly half my coworkers were reading it leading up to the release of Breaking Dawn– and I don’t like to be left out. So I read them. All of them. Within a week. And surprisingly, I enjoyed it. I mean, it wasn’t rock-my-world, best thing since sliced bread, my favorite book ever, but it was enough to make me want to read more things like it. I’d never call it, “my own personal brand of heroin” but I would say it was my gateway drug to YA.
While I read mostly YA now, I dabble in a little bit of everything. Fiction, Mystery, Sci/Fi, occasional non-fiction— if it looks interesting, I’ll probably give it a shot. My favorite author is Chuck Palahniuk and my favorite books are In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Which probably tells you a lot about me (Psych major with a Criminology minor in college. The weirder the story, the better). And while I feel that life’s too short for all the books in my ever growing “To Read” pile, I will continue to reread Harry Potter until the end of time.