This is Blogmas day 11! Welcome. As always yesterday’s post is linked at the bottom of this page or you can search Blogmas 2020 on my blog. So today I want to do something different, I want to talk about my reading memories. I think reading is such a personal thing and every one of us can sit here and say we have memories that define us. I just want to talk about that. This may be interesting to no one but me but still.
I first really got into reading when I was about 12. We had been to Blackpool for a week as a family and stopped at a bookshop on the way home where I found the first three books of the Darren Shan Saga. Before this point I really hadn’t liked reading, I had been taking extra classes in fact to help me with my reading, but that day everything changed. I read the three books in about 3 days. We didn’t have much money back then so I couldn’t really ask my mam to buy me the other books, instead I relied heavily on libraries.
My mam really is a saint. She worked really long days, often 12 hours, yet she would happily drive me around libraries to find the next book and then the book after that. I would just read any chance I could get. That really helped our relationship too, we became really close. This became a regular thing as times went by and I got interested in different kinds of books.
The whole family was supportive of my passion, my brother introduced me to my all time favourite book series, Series of Unfortunate Events. I read the first 2 books really quickly and didn’t pick up the rest until later in life. I loved them so much, they’re by no means perfect but they’re important to me and the inspiration for my second tattoo.
The first event I ever went to was a book signing. We drove down towards London and stayed overnight. The whole thing was so amazing and started a pipe dream of becoming an author… that lasted for about 5 seconds.
The next huge event in my reading career was when I was much older, 22 in fact. I work in a shop that sells books and while there a customer recommended This is Going to Hurt by Adam Key and it sounded interesting to me so I went to Waterstones to get it. Good old Waterstones had their buy one get one half price dear and that’s where I found The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell. This was another book that changed my life, what really kickstarted my want to start this blog and my love for bookshops. Before this point I had been reading but I once again started taking it seriously.
What gave me the final push I needed was a trip to LA, my brother lives over there and my mam and I went over for a week. It was such an amazing trip though the thing that stood out the most was a trip to The Last Bookstore, the bookest bookshop in LA. I loved it there and had mentioned to my brother the idea of the blog, he loved it. My brother is of huge importance in my life so when he thinks something is a good idea then I know it’s something worth looking into.
On the 2nd of January my first blog post went up and ever since then I’ve loved every single second. It’s of course been a huge learning curve but I never regretted it, I love reading still and I’ve learned so much from it. I’ve met some amazing people online and built up a small following.
As I said at the beginning I don’t know if anyone will find this interesting but I do think it’s a really good way to get to know a blogger and a reader, we all have our memories. Maybe share some of yours down in the comments.
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