Hey guys! For the second day of the A to Z Challenge, we have a post dedicated to what is possibly one of my favourite things in the entire world: BOOKS. As I'm sure you guys know, I blog about them over at YA Asylum - because in my opinion, you can never talk too much about reading. ;)
Actually, books are really what got me into writing in the first place. I remember, at the age of five, curling up with my mother and reading to her - stumbling over Harry Potter, though I was barely old enough to be able to understand the story. I was always an avid reader (I really have my parents to thank for that; they've encouraged my love for reading from the start, though I think at this point they may be regretting it, since I tend to read at all times - when I'm not writing / making music, that is!).
Of course, as a hopeless romantic, romance will always have a special place in my heart. But other than that, I love, love, love anything to do with fantasy - dragons! Wizards! Mermaids! Magic! What is there not to love? ;) I'm also developing a bit of a craving for horror - which, I know, doesn't sound like me at all, but I just love the spine-tingling feeling of not knowing what's hiding around the corner, or whether or not that house is actually haunted, or guessing at who's going to die and at what time. (Yeah, I'm brutal. Deal with it. ;) )
Although I absolutely love any and all books, there are three series that will always, always have a special place in my heart: Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord of the Rings (and the companion book, The Hobbit), by J.R.R. Tolkien, and Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. I know the last one might be a bit of a shock for the bookish community on here, considering Twilight is sort of taboo in YA fiction, but I'm going to be very honest here (hopefully without going on an angry rant) - while I do understand the problems that can be viewed in the book, I think there's still something to be said for it. It's actually the book that got me into writing the romance genre in the first place, so I'm pretty grateful for that. :)
Sherlock Holmes is, of course, a classic. Arthur Conan Doyle is a FREAKING GENIUS - I love a good detective story, and Holmes is pretty much the epitome of that. Plus, the BBC television show Sherlock is one of my favourites as well. And Lord of the Rings is a good ol' fashioned hardcore fantasy; though I know it might drag on a little at times, I'm eternally in awe of Tolkien's world-building skills, plus his marvelous ability to craft characters. :D
So what about you? What are your thoughts on reading? When did you start? Favourite books and genres? Let me know in the comments, everyone! :)