I became a reader in a very different way than maybe other kids. I’ve talked in my other blog posts that in school, I basically hated reading because we were never taught to read to ourselves, we were always reading out loud. And I was one out of like six people in the class that was a slow reader and stumbled on my words. In elementary, we were taken out of class to be read with a teacher aide or my aide in general. They would either read the story or we would do it, but sometimes we wouldn’t finish it at the same time as the rest of our class would and have to continue reading it the next day. The moral of the story, reading sucked! However when we entered our freshman year of high school it was pretty hilarious for us slow readers to hear our peers mess up just as bad when our teacher brought us the Shakespeare stories! Romeo and Juliet was a blessing in disguise! It was a bitch to read for every single one of us. I was happy that I only had to read that book once.
Speaking of freshman year, ironically enough the class that we would be reading Shakespeare and other classics throughout the whole year. It was also the class that got me interested in reading for once in my life. Our teacher told us during our first day of class. On Friday it would be our reading day. We had to find a book to read for the whole period. He explained in the past some of his students have fallen asleep in his class and he’d done almost everything he could without getting himself in a lot of trouble. The one story that scared me apparently was when kids did fall asleep in his class, that he’d grab a book from another student’s desk and slap it on that student’s desk or drop it hard on the floor so the blast was loud. At this time, I had the same teacher for two periods at the beginning of the day back-to-back. So you can imagine the horror I faced if I never brought a book to read in his classes. It took me a couple of weeks to figure what I would like, because before I only rented books that had very little paragraphs and a lot of pictures in them. I think after a month I started to read nonfiction books like it was nobody’s business!
I even took two separate reading classes as an electives later on! I loved my Novels class, it was a nice smallish class and our teacher was amazing. I actually had another English teacher than the one I always had which was weird at first, but it was cool. In this class, we read a lot of classics like Frankenstein and Silas Manor. My favorite though was Night by Elie Wiesel. My second class was called Short Stories and I was back with my favorite English teacher but we had a large class. Honestly, I liked Novels better. I read a lot in school! I even read at home whenever I had a really good book. I was a bit surprised that when I graduated from high school I actually kept up with my reading, even getting into more mature book genres like erotica, which tends to scare everybody sometimes, but it’s understandable! I’ve almost completed my first ever series and I’m starting to get like favorite authors and I honestly didn’t think I would. I don’t think anybody in my family thought that either!
Now that I’ve said this, I’m sad to say that I haven’t been in a big reading mood lately. The last time I read a book was probably in June when I finally finished The Fault In Our Stars I think I only finished it so I could watch the film. Although I haven’t been reading, it doesn’t mean I didn’t stop looking for more books. Sometimes I wish I did, it would be a lot better for me! I decided to write up a wishlist because since I can’t get like iTunes cards at the moment, I would rather be given Barnes & Noble gift cards instead for either my birthday or Christmas.
Before I get started on explaining all these books pictured above, I wanted to say that I have left out a couple of series. In the past, I’ve started the Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Evermore by Alyson Noel, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead series but I’ve never finished them but I have been wanting to get back into all three of them. I’ve even deleted the film adaptions of VA from my DVR and forcing me to stay away until I’ve actually finished the first book. I need book two for both HP and Evermore, but I’d like to reread both first books before starting on the rest of them. Something that is kind of interesting to me is that i don’t like a lot of sci-fi/fantasy novels, but I’ve found quite a few lately that I’m willing to take a chance on some like Fallen by Katie Barber, The Scarlet Deep by Elizabeth Hunter, and Throne Of Glass by Sarah A. Maas. Getting through all of these books that I’ve mentioned in this paragraph alone would be an accomplishment.
While I was forced to read in my 9th grade English courses, I found a genre in the nonfiction that seemed to work a lot better than anything else. I love books about royalty, whether it was of real people or not, the concept of the lives of royals just made the happiest person ever! I have a real weakness of The Tudors and Romanovs eras, so The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone and Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie just kind of collided with me. I would like to read the Marie Antoinette series by Juliet Grey someday since I’m also a lover of that time as well! Three other books that talk about royalty even though the characters are made up, The Selection by Kiera Cass, Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen and The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Since we’re basically discussing about history in a way. There are a couple of books that are about historical people or things that happened in the world. Like, The Astronaut Wives Club by Libby Kebbel. I never got to see the last episode of the show based off this book. I had already planned on reading this book when I watched the first episode! The others are The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grisson, A Girl Aboard The Titanic by Eva Hart, Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs, and Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood.
The rest of these are my “electives” if you will. I have a problem with finding a book and if it’s too expensive I’ll find another book to replace it and I think that’s why I’m including this next batch of books because I figured quite a few of these it’ll take me some time and money to actually get, so with that being said they are: Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse, Outlander by Diana Galabdon, The Rabbi’s Daughter by Reva Mann, My Soon-To-Be Sex Life by Judith Tewes, Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney, Matched by Ally Condie, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenburg, and .The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler. Now onto my last bit of electives in the erotica category: Tell Me When by Kaylee Ryan, Nobody’s Hero by Kallyspo Masters, Tempted by Megan Hart, and lastly Conviction by Nicole Edwards
I think I’m finally finished listing all of the books I’d like to get some time soon… I think I’m going to trying to wish on a flying star! So much for a “mini” wishlist! My bad.