Hey guys and welcome to my Birthday Blog Post Special! I was tagged by @Thebooknerddragon so, thank you so much Jannin! I waited for my birthday to do this post, so it took me some time… Sorry! But I am finally doing it! Also, make sure you check her post here!
So this post is basically a rundown of my reading life. I will follow the same lines as Jannin, but with one difference. I will not put ages because it will only confuse me, but other than that it will be the same.
I will try not to enter into much detail about my life to not bore you all so this will be the shorter I can make it!
SO, let’s get started!
Before and Beginning of Elementary School
Since I can remember I always loved reading. I used to go to the supermarket with my mom and while she bought us food, I stayed at the book isle. I used to go there and “read” before I knew how to read, I saw the images but after I learned I loved especially Roald Dahl books. But I still own two more that I absolutely loved. These are the main books I adored, although the ones I own are in Portuguese.
In 5th and 6th grade I was 100% obsessed with reading the Graphic Novels of W.I.T.C.H. I started as soon as they came out in Portugal and I bought one I think it was weekly but I’m not sure anymore. I never ended them but I loved it and until people started making fun of it, I read them. After that, I got rid of them, and nowadays I really regret it! So I acquired some of them this year just to have a bit of my childhood back. And I even read a couple of them and I still really love it!
I was always a very shy person, but I started to be even more in Upper School. These were probably my worst years in school. I absolutely hated it! For reasons I will not share, I had a rough time and that also contributed to me, not to have many friends, or rather, none true ones. So, every time I could dodge people, I used to be in the library reading books and that’s when I got into reading a bit bigger book. But my long-term memory is rather bad so I might be mistaken.
I read some before but I didn’t find it as pleasant as now. But my favorite ones were for sure “Uma Aventura” that translates to “One Adventure”. It’s a big series passed in Portugal, and it’s not only funny but you can learn a lot! I read almost all of them till 8th grade at my school library and I never owned any but I was hooked!
*this photo was taken from the internet*
In 9th grade, I changed school and I can’t really remember much of that year and I don’t think I read much anyway.
In this year I got a group of friends that liked the same kind of stuff as me. They didn’t really read novels but they loved to read manga and so I started reading too. And this was the year I started getting more into reading English books. I still read Portuguese ones but I started getting more confident and comfortable with English, which I thought I wasn’t that good at. I loved manga tho, and one of my favorites and the first one I read was Fruits Basket!
In 10th and 11th grade I read mainly manga but also a couple of novels. In 12th grade, I changed school again because they didn’t have one of the things I wanted to learn there and although I changed with one of my friends, I stopped reading as much manga and started reading more novels like Hunger Games, Divergent, … I already was comfortable reading in English, but it was easier to find in my own language. I absolutely loved dystopian in this time!
When I entered college I had a lot going on and the first part of the year I read a bit less but once I started organizing myself I started reading more and more, other than the ones that we were supposed too, but still mainly in Portuguese. I couldn’t buy as easily in English and the Portuguese ones are quite expensive so although I read regularly it wasn’t anything like now…
When I moved to Finland after college, to live with my boyfriend, I didn’t have any other option than start reading in English since I didn’t understand Finnish enough to read a book. And that’s also when I realized how much affordable the books are in English! I started knowing more books and more authors and reading more every time. I also got a job while studying, which means I got more books!
I am officially 23 years old today and I have been reading more than ever for the past two years.
As you can see I’ve always loved reading but I didn’t read as much as now and sometimes I stopped for a while. But in bookish terms, I couldn’t have been happier than now! Also, make sure you check out my book haul day 23! Because it’s going to be massive and it clearly shows my present self very well!
Here’s a sneak peak!
I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s a bit more personal and once in a while, I think it’s interesting to have something like this. I would love to read yours if you have done one already. If you haven’t make sure you do and put the link in the comments for me to check it out, I would love to know more about you guys! Have fun!
How was your bookish life? Anything like mine?