How I became a Reader

As I was admiring my bookshelf, and I was letting my gaze wander over all the different spines and titles, I began to think about how I got into reading. I am not one of those people who  has always loved reading. I wasn’t someone who carried a book with her at all times during secondary school, or went to the library every week because I didn't get enough pocket money to buy books. 

That doesn't mean I was a hater, though. I could enjoy reading a book. I just wasn’t someone who could sit still for a long period of time and read, there were just more fun things to do, you know.

When I was a child, I loved it when our teacher would read a chapter from a book every day. It was my favourite time of the day. As kids, we didn’t have to read a lot of books for school. We had a little library in the back of the classroom where you could ‘borrow’ books and read them, but otherwise, we weren't obligated to read anything. I do remember one assignment that I had to do when I was around 10 years old. We had to read a book and summarize every chapter so we could tell the story to the whole class (spoiler alert!). I specifically remember this assignment because I read a book about a teacher who was a vampire. It scared the hell out of me and left me traumatized! But then along came Edward Cullen and I got over it.

My real love for reading actually started after reading Twilight. Not so original right? Looking back, I’m surprised that I actually read it! I had heard some friends talking about Twilight, and how amazing it was (one of them told me the whole plot of Breaking Dawn. I think that was what sparked my curiosity. A human who gave birth to a vampire/human baby? Sounded interesting…), and I decided to give it a try. I bought a pocket edition of Twilight, so in case I didn't like it, I wouldn't have spent a lot of money on it. In the end, I read the whole series twice in row, because it was THAT amazing, and I didn't know what to do with my life after finishing the series for the first time. 

After that, I started researching in hopes of finding other amazing books. Slowly, I found my way into the world of reading and that’s how I ended up here! 

Today, I can’t imagine my life without books. I have absolutely no idea what I would be doing in my spare time if I hadn’t started reading. Maybe I would be more out-going? Okay, who am I kidding, I would probably be more addicted to the internet than I already am. But what would I be doing on the internet? I wouldn’t blog, or watch BookTube, maybe I would have one of those really aesthetic Tumblrs or tweet my favorite memes or something! I’d have to have some other interests, right?

ANYWAY. I am very happy with how my life turned out in the end, with books. They're the reason that I’ve met some amazing people through the internet, and everyone in the Book Community so sweet.

I love reading books and I love talking about them. I wouldn’t have it any other way.



Published by Fien Buysse


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