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If you read my about page, I’m not into reading when I was kid. In fact I detested reading. I hated it when my English teacher asked us to read a novel. I might have given her a deadly glare from the far corner of the room where I was sitting because she was giving us one of my loathsome activities—reading.  I can still remember when the teacher asked us to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding and I couldn’t pass the first 10 pages. I was doomed. How on earth will I be able to write a book report if I can’t read the book? You know what I did? I asked my classmate to tell me the story (I know it was wrong, don’t emulate me). She liked reading and actually enjoyed it, so she was happy to tell me the story. I did well (I’m actually good writer then, I don’t know what happened, as if my vocabulary which I tried to enrich back in high school went down to the drainage). So yes, you will never see Mitchii of 10+ years ago holding a book and find pleasure on mere reading. I’ll probably laugh at your face when you said that reading is your hobby, when for me back then it was horrendous academic task.

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The Twilight Saga. Image © Claudine at Flickr

Some of you can relate to my story but the interest started when my two sisters (who actually read) were so excited to watch the new Twilight movie, New Moon. I don’t understand them and I beg them to let me join them. I watched New Moon not knowing what the hell was going on. They told me to read the books. And so I did. I freaking finished it in one week. Four freaking books in one week?  It was unbelievable. It was abnormal because it took me eons to finish Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist. It was indeed remarkable. I was completely in love with the story. So yes, I loved Twilight. This is the series that started it all for me. I don’t care what they say about it but if it weren’t for these books, I won’t even give reading a chance. And thinking about it I’m so thankful that I did end up loving this hobby.

I haven’t had a huge reading and blogging slump ever since. And I sort of wanted to kick my younger self for hating the hobby I’m so passionate now. The whole reading thing is just so fulfilling to me. I love reading. I read every single day. I just love, love it. I will still read even without the blogging side to it. Like I said in bio page, I never expected that reading could be this addictive. And if you’re like me, the younger me, who hates reading or find it boring, you’ll never know because there is a book out there that will change your whole perspective about reading. Look at me, it did and triumphantly I may add.

So how about you, are you the cool kid who reads; or are you just like me, became a bookworm recently?  Care to share it with me? :loves:

2014 / 02 / 17

23 Responses to Special: This is where it all started.

  1. Molly Robjohn says:

    I also didn’t get into reading until the twilight craze began, and if it wasn’t for twilight I wouldn’t be interested in reading books, I then went on to read the Hunger Games Trilogy & my reading obsession just grew.

    Great post!

    Molly
    x

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I heard a few people that started reading because of Twilight. And while maybe it wasn’t a literary masterpiece, I owe this book and even fandom for introducing me to reading. Thank you, Molly.

  2. I’m so happy that you found your love for books! :D It’s great how some books just click for us and change everything.

  3. Daniela says:

    I did exactly the same thing with The Lord of the Flies, but I recently read it again and quite enjoyed it – I think it’s always worse when you’re being made to read something than when you read it for pleasure!
    I absolutely loved the Twilight series and I’m so gutted that they’re over! May have to start reading them again though…
    I’m holding a MAC giveaway on my blog and would love for you to check it out!
    http://danielascribbles.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/giveaway-mac-200-bloglovin-subscribers.html
    :) Daniela xo

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Maybe that’s one of the reason why id didn’t like reading for, the responsibility that accompanies it kinda take away the fun of just reading. I loved Twilight, I owed that book for introducing me this wonderful activity.

      Wow, mac that’s so generous, I’ll try to check it out then. :) Thank you Daniella.

  4. Jenna says:

    I’ve always liked to read, but I didn’t like reading a lot of the books I was assigned in school either. In fact, I didn’t read most of them. I did read and like Lord of the Flies though.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m thinking of reading the books I was forced to read in high school just to see if I will like it now that I enjoy reading books. Thanks Jenna.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m thinking of reading the books I was forced to read back in high school just to see if I will like it now that I enjoy reading. Thanks Jenna.

  5. Love this post!

    Have a great day.

    xoxo

    Kelly

    http://www.we-heart-fashion.com

  6. Oh it’s so cool that you love Twilight, Mitchii!! :D And THAT it is your gateway novel into YA is especially awesome too ^^ I know that while I personally didn’t enjoy it all that much, I have to acknowledge that a lot of people out there love it too :) Personally, my gateway novel into YA is The Books Of Bayern by Shannon Hale!! Those books were absolutely.. indescribable in my opinion ;)
    Thanks so much for sharing, Mitchii!! A lovely lovely post :3 <33

    • Mitchii G. says:

      There so much hate around that fandom but I’m still thankful for it because this series opened the opportunity for me. I realized that reading could be enjoyable. Thanks Emily. :D

  7. Kezia D says:

    I’ve never read Twilight but I’m very aware that a lot despise this series O_O But I’ve also read that many bloggers got into/rediscovered their love for reading because of Twilight.

    You know what, I just realized this xP I always said that I wasn’t much of a reader because the only thing that I read was manga. But then your post just opened up my eyes that I DID love reading those fairy tales / story books when I was a kid. I kept re-reading those books over and over again until Conan took over my life xD The first full book that I finished was The Wizard of Oz — which I loved. We were never given any reading assignments over here though so I’ve never touched a single classic in my life haha. Except for White Fang which I read because it has wolves and I love wolves :p

    But my uncontrollable obsession with books only started 2 or 3 years ago when I read PJO and ohmygosshhhh the series finale was full of feels and excitement!!! I think that’s why I’m more of a fantasy type — it’s the genre that introduced me into YA for the first time :D

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That’s understatement, a lot of people dismantle this series so they can scrutinize it piece by piece. But it’s ok, that’s their opinion and I totally respect that. But my mine remains, I loved Twilight.

      Good for you, me on the hand didn’t even read manga until recently, too. But I remember reading children’s book before. I think I also already read Wizard of Oz, and I think I liked it. ;)

      PJO? Percy? That was my first foray to Middle Grade – YA book, I really enjoyed it. I know, the feeeeels!!!

  8. Pretty Little Reader says:

    I’ve always loved reading, but I’ve never enjoyed being told what to read! Haha

    Twilight was definitely my re-introduction to YA that kicked off my renewed love of reading; I had finally found a genre that spoke to me and make me excited!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Maybe that’s the reason why I was put off before. I also hate being told.

      I never YA genre existed until Twilight. YA is still my favorite genre. :)

  9. Selina Quach says:

    I’ve always loved reading, I even read those boring articles in the newspapers when I was a kid! Thankfully my taste has improved as I got older xD Twilight is definitely one of my book series obsessions ^^ Awesome post by the way!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thanks Selina. I’m so happy for you, I’ve only been introduced recently and it was quite addicting. Twilight was my gateway and it always have a place in my heart because it introduced me to the wonderful world of books.

  10. Esther & Grace says:

    I loved reading when i was younger-was addicted to Nancy Drew, Boxcar children, all the detective series!

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