I did not enjoy reading in primary school it was all compulsory reading and gawd damn it Dick will you just catch that ball cause Dora and I are just not entertained by all your running!
Then when I was 13 we had to read “Playing Beatie Bow” by Ruth Parks for English at school…
This was to be the only book in the school curriculum that I read all the way to the end, I have even read twice more at different stages in my life. It is a great story, but at 13 I still was not quite hooked by the book worm.
But then I discovered V.C Andrews when I was 14 and started devouring her books. Remember the editions with the window in the cover…My favourite…and she wrote naughty stuff (I was feeling so grown up reading her books!)
Then in my early 20s to early 30s I read a ton of Spiritual books – seeking deeper answers to the universe. I did get some of those answers too!
However somewhere in between I got a taste for Stephen King books (Paranormal so I guess those genres went together)
Sadly up until my late 30s, reading fell to the wayside cause life happened. But then on my 39th birthday my sister told me I had to read Fifty Shades of Grey – something about Mummy Porn. So I did, I read each book three times.
All of a sudden it felt like something woke up in me…not just because of the Mummy porn! I started to feel again, something I hadn’t done in a very long time! Ask my family they all noticed the change! Yes I joined the bandwagon and became another middle aged fan for Mr Grey! But I think I got a quadruple dose of the bookworm – which I now refuse to be treated for…
I have devoured over 350 ebooks since I read the FSOG trilogy.
I started writing mini reviews on Amazon, my little thank you to the authors. Each book I read woke a part me up that I had either long forgotten or hidden away. Not only did reading become my little piece of heaven, an entertainment source for my mind, but every book I have read has had a new key that unlocks a part of my soul, some locks never been opened and others that I locked years ago through some heartache or loss! The Universe seems to always know which book I need to read next, whether it be a favourite authors new book, a genre specific book or just some random book I have discovered or has been given to me to read. Each book comes to me a time when I truly need to read them, each book has a topic or character that resonates with me or enlightens me at time when I need them most. Yes they are 99% fictional but each book carries a message that helps me grow as a person, each book touches my soul in a way that I have spent many years ignoring. So to all the beautiful authors I have crossed paths with, read your books or befriended, from the very bottom of my heart, Thank you! You are my therapy to becoming a person that is beginning to feel whole again!
Read People, read frivolously, read like your life depends on it….READ BECAUSE YOU CAN!