First Book Love

What was the first book that you recall thinking, “I love this. If this is reading, sign me up.”?

Mostly, I did not enjoy reading growing up. Occasionally I would find a book that grabbed my attention but most of my reading came from school and I hated just about every single book my teachers chose.

I remember the first book I sat up all night reading was Memoirs of a Geisha. Sayuri was amazing and I loved her journey but I still didn’t think of reading as an enjoyable pastime. My mother read romance novels and I wasn’t interested in those. I lived too far away from a library to frequent one and I wouldn’t have thought to spend my money on more books like Memoirs of a Geisha.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Unfortunately, it took years before I enjoyed reading. It wasn’t until after my first child was born and I was home alone, stuck on the couch pumping (too much info?) that I decided to read The Hunger Games.

Yes, I was in my late 20’s but I didn’t care. I had finally broken down and watched the first movie and loved it. I decided I couldn’t wait for the movies and had to know what happened.


I FLEW through the entire series. I had read all three in a week and then reread them immediately. The problem when the series ended was that I had in those two weeks, become dependent on knowing what I was going to be doing when I was trapped on the couch for an hour. (Yes, to any women who have children, an hour. An hour provided basically no milk but I still did it for four and a half months). My mind began to daydream again and I had thoughts outside of, “when did I start pumping?”

I tried another YA series and my career began. From then on, I was either reading or writing. Now I enjoy a wide variety of books and have really enjoyed genres that I never thought I would like. I encourage people all the time to get out of the genres they think they like.

If you aren’t reading often, then it’s time to try a new genre.


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