I was reading something the other day where someone said that they did not read. That they much preferred writing over reading. Before I talk about books 'n' stuff that I like about reading, I will just say: YOU WRITE, YOU READ.
Now, I'm not exactly sure why I love to read (and consequently, write) but it might have something to do with it's fun. It's fun to imagine crazy things, it's fun to live vicariously through characters, it's fun to learn things in a roundabout way through fictional people. It's fun to immerse yourself in a book and get lost and pretend you're living in a different world, and it's fun to analyze the real world by making something up.
This year I decided to start a reading list of all the books I've read and so far I've read about 56 books. Some were good, some were bad, some were absolutely amazing. The worst I didn't finish because they were either much too "tell" and not enough "show", or... actually, nevermind. That was the main problem.
But the BEST. Those were definitely... well, Harry Potter, the last book of which I only finished (FOR THE FIRST TIME) this January (yes. I was 16 years old and had never read Harry Potter). Then there would be The Hunger Games and its two sequels, which I actually reread this year just because they were so good (I read them for the first time last year).
Then, the book that made me cry (which, to me, are always the best books; the ones that make you cry) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. It was a beautiful book, intertwining heartwrenching stories of past and present. I also have to say that Melina Marchetta definitely grew as a writer; after I read Jellicoe Road I read her first book, Looking for Alibrandi, and it was pretty awful. But this only proves that you write, you get better.
As for genres, I love YA, but there is something so refreshing and innocent and wonderful about reading middle grade. I do not know why or how this is, but if you are ever sick of stereotypical YA books, go and check out some middle grade from your library.
I have so many thoughts on reading, but they all appear as seperate thoughts like this one, this one and this one. So I guess what you should really do is keep coming back and checking for some more posts on reading. ;)
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