Book Discussion: Where My Love of Reading Started

Everyone’s reading journey starts somewhere. Some people have a love of reading since the day they first started reading. Others’ love of reading started later in life. Mine is somewhere in the middle.

I distinctly remember that I was in 6th grade when I first began reading more. Before that, I honestly didn’t enjoy reading much. I struggled getting through the required books that we were supposed to read in my English classes, so there was really no way that I would have wanted to pick up a book outside of school.

I do have some memories of my mom reading to me before bed, specifically Arthur by Marc Brown or The Magic Treehouse series, but that was mainly before I started to be able to read more on my own. I enjoyed listening to her read to me, but I still wasn’t inclined to pick up a book on my own. Like I said, it wasn’t until probably 6th grade that I became more interested in reading.

I had a really close friend back then who used to read a lot, and being that I was an impressionable 12-year-old, I decided to pick up some of the books she was reading. And it just blossomed from there. I literally picked up and read anything I could get my hands on. Any book one of my friends was reading at the time, I read. I got into The Maximum Ride series, and so many other series. My love of reading just grew after that.

I remember devouring anything by Sarah Dessen, many times when I was in 8th grade and into early high school. I think that’s where my love of contemporary fiction came from. Because that is a majority of what I read now, and the genre of my book that I’m writing.

And soon, I was transfixed by the Twilight saga, and every other vampire book that was being released at the time. Anything from Twilight to The Vampire Academy to The Sookie Stackhouse series, before it became a HBO tv show. Those series may be kind of problematic now that I’m older, but I don’t think I’d be the type of reader I am now without them.

Reading has become something that I can’t imagine my life without. I don’t know how I wasn’t able to get into it when I was younger. I wish I had read some of the series that many other kids my age were reading. But I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for my reading journey.

Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21853621-the-nightingale?from_search=true

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a historical fiction novel that is set in Nazi-occupied France. It follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle. Vianne doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France, until they do. She is forced to take an enemy in her house and she is constantly on watch. She is forced to make many terrible choices as danger increases around her.

Isabelle is a rebellious teen, and she is searching for a purpose. She races headlong into danger, and joins the Resistance. She doesn’t give any thought about the real or deadly consequences.

This book was a hard read. One that I, at first, wasn’t sure if I was going to pick up because of the subject matter. But I have always been interested in World War II and the Holocaust. It’s such a heartbreaking time in our history, and I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have gone through any of what these people went through.

In terms of this book, I listened to it on audiobook, and I’m so glad that I did. That’s because it made the reading experience so much more immersive. I could get lost in the story of these two sisters. I became invested in their lives and what they had gone through during this time. I felt for their losses and their traumas that they experienced.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, especially books about the Holocaust and World War II. This isn’t a genre that I normally pick up, and I’m so glad that I finally got around to this one. It made me want to read more historical fiction, though not right away because I need a break from the dark subject matter.

Book Discussion: Reading More

How do people read so much even when it seems like they’re always really busy? That is a question that I am constantly asking myself now that the semester started and I’m working full time. Before, I had all the time in the world to read as much as I wanted. Now I feel like I can barely keep my eyes open to read a page.

I may not have all the answers. But I have noticed a few things that worked in order for me to read more while also being super busy.

The main thing that I’ve been doing different is listening to audiobooks. I will admit that I have become addicted to listening to them, especially when I do laundry or color or any other mundane task that I couldn’t read while doing. It’s so easy to get lost in a book when I’m able to multitask, and it puts the cherry on top if the narrator really gets into the reading of the story. Or if there is a full cast of narrators to make it feel like I’m watching a movie in my head. Audiobooks also help when I’m too tired to use my eyes to read; I can just listen and close my eyes.

The other is reading shorter books. Lately, I’ve been really into manga. That’s mainly because my boyfriend kind of got me into them. Specifically the One Piece series, which is outrageously long. Like 90 volumes. But that’s besides the point. I flew through the first five volumes in the matter of a couple weeks. That’s mainly because not only are they short in length, but they also consist mostly of pictures. So it makes getting through a volume really easy.

But if you’re not one for manga (though I encourage you to give them a try. I did and I don’t regret a thing), you could always opt for shorter books. Or maybe even children’s books. Not like picture books, but chapter books. Percy Jackson, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and others are super short that would be easy to breeze through.

There are other ways to read more. Like reading a bit during any kind of break you may have during the day. A lunch break at work. Time in between classes. A few minutes before bed. Or even scheduling a block of time specifically for reading into your day. All that time would add up in the end and before you know it, you’re done with a book.

What are some of your ways of finding time to read more? Let me know; I’d love to know what you guys do to beat this.

Books To Read in February

There aren’t that many books that I actually want to get to this month, mainly because I know that I won’t have much time to read them. With work and school, I’m pretty tired by the end of the day that I can barely keep my eyes open to read before bed. So I’m thinking, I might make this a month of audiobooks. That way, I can do other things while I read, like laundry and lay in bed with my eyes closed.

I’ve already started one audiobook this month, which is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s a historical fiction novel set in the WWII era, and even though I’m only a little more than 100 pages into it, I’m really enjoying it. But I know it’s going to break me by the end of it, so I’m trying to listen to it really slow.

I’ve been really getting into manga lately, and they’re really easy to read. I’m currently in the middle of Sailor Moon, so I want to get to the next volume, which is volume 3. And if I really get invested in the story, I might dive right into the next as soon as I finish this volume.

And to continue my audiobook trend, I want to read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. From what I heard, it sounds like it would be perfect listened to in audiobook format. It also deals with themes of identity and diversity, so those things right there hooked me to want to pick this book up.

Crazy Rich Asians is a book that I’d like to get to this month, and one that I’ve had on my bookshelf for a few months now. I’ve heard really good things about it, and it’s also now a movie. I want to see what all the fuss is surrounding it, so I’m intrigued to pick it up. I’m thinking it’s going to be a light, fluffy read that I can pretty much fly through. Even though it’s over 500 pages long.

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith I picked up on a whim when I was ordering books online with my Barnes and Noble gift card. From what I can tell, it’s a really intense book about some really intense topics, like the trauma of rape. It’s a really dark topic, and one that I don’t read about often. I probably have to be in the right mindset when I pick it up, so I might not get to this month if that’s the case.

I’m also thinking about rereading Vicious by V.E. Schwab because I recently purchased the sequel Vengeful, and I would want to be refreshed before I jump into the next book. But none of these are set in stone. I never know what I want to read until I actually pick up a book. But I also like to have an idea of a few books that I would like to get to.

What are you guys planning on reading this month?

January 2019 Wrap Up

I read so many books this month, it’s crazy. I don’t think I’ll be able to do quite as well next month considering my classes just started and I also work full time. If nothing else, audiobooks will become my best friend. Either that, or manga, which is something I recently got into these past few months. Overall, I read 5 books this month, which is a lot for me. Normally, I’d be lucky if I get through 3 or 4 in a month. But since I had a majority of January off of school, I was able to spend a lot of time after work reading. Plus most of the books I read were manga and those were pretty quick reads for me.

The five books I read this month were as follows:

  1. Sailor Moon volume 2
  2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  3. One Piece: The Black Cat Pirates
  4. One Piece: For Whom the Bell Tolls
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

I’m also in the middle of two books, Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend and To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace. I’m not entirely sure if I will be able to get those two done before the end of the month. But considering the month ends in a couple of days, I don’t think I will.

With my classes and work, I’m not sure how many books I’m going to be able to get through in February. I know it won’t be 5 like this month, but I’m hoping it’s at least 3. I’ll probably post my to-read list for February within the next week or so. I definitely want to get a couple reviews done, maybe not so much on the manga, or even my reread of Harry Potter, but probably Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend once I finish it.

Look out for those in the coming weeks! I’m very excited to continue posting on here, especially if people are interested in reading what I have to say.

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Hi there, I’m Alexis. I’m a twenty-something-year-old graduate student who absolutely loves reading. It’s something that I’ve been doing in my free time ever since I was in middle school, if not earlier than that. I can’t imagine my life without books in it, and I can’t imagine what I would have been doing with my free time if I weren’t reading. My life is books.

Some genres I enjoy reading include mostly young adult. I like fantasy, contemporary, and some sci-fi. Sarah J. Maas, V.E. Schwab, Morgan Matson and John Green are just a few authors that I love. I read almost anything I can get my hands on, so I’m always up for recommendations.

And this is going to be a place where I write about my thoughts on books. Book reviews, discussions, and so much more. If that’s something you enjoy, please feel free to stick around.