In 2003 I was 8 years old and reading wasn’t my strong side. Already I was a fan of Harry Potter, my father had read the first four books to me, and my mother got a brilliant idea – if I read one Harry Potter book I would get a big Lego set (those that cost 100€)! So that summer, since I loved (and still do love) Lego, I started reading.
I remember lying in our boat on one of the old, blue mattresses. We were on our way to a pizza restaurant, dad was sitting on the boat’s roof, steering with his feet. The sun was shining. I had my Harry Potter book with me. I was reading.
I read the first four books that summer.
Maybe I should add that I didn’t get four Lego sets. I was an idiot and asked for other stuff.
The years before high school
After that one summer I never went anywhere without a book. The Book Bus came to school once a week and every time I found something new and interesting. It didn’t take me long to read every fantasy book they had for kids and I had to find something else. So what did I do? I started looking in the adult section. There I found authors like David Eddings and Raymond E. Feist.
Soon I also found a book club, Fantasyklubben, completely devoted to fantasy. It was incredible! I new about everything coming out in Swedish or translated into Swedish. But it lasted only about 2-3 years before the book club closed. This was about the same time the last Harry Potter book came out in Swedish.
When I entered junior high I didn’t know which books were coming out, and living 20 km from the nearest bookstore didn’t help (
this was before internet had become an every day thing). This lead me to rereading all of the books on my bookshelf as well as spending a lot of time in the library. I became a rereader.
High school and beyond
Entering high school I didn’t want to reread everything one more time but I didn’t know what to pick up. That and the fact that I actually had to study for my classes (especially advanced mathematics) to keep up threw me into a reading slump.
Now was the time I begun to watch TV shows, but I can’t for my life remember what I watched. Internet also took up more of my time.
After high school I binge watched Doctor Who, Merlin and Sherlock. But the reading slump continued. In the year between high school and university I came back a little and read a few books, and a bunch of manga. But when I went to uni I went back into my reading slump. (Chemistry on uni level was hard! Especially since I didn’t study it in high school…)
January 2016 I found BookTube, and BOOM! Everything changed! I went crazy with book buying and put my Goodreads goal to 40 books. To keep the fire going I started this blog in the end of June 2016.
To be continued…