Now you may or may not know but if you’re not in the know then guess what? Today’s actually Book Lover’s Day and a couple of my author friends are sharing about the different reasons we like reading. Please join me and the amazing authors at the bottom of this blog post who are also sharing their love of books today.
I can trace my love of books back to my childhood growing up in Nigeria. Back then, we had a phenomenon (which sometimes still rears its ugly head) which would lead to a power cut that would last for hours. This used to be very frustrating as it meant I’d miss my favourite programs on TV. However, one good thing that did arise from this situation is that it led me to find another way to entertain myself. And I found such entertainment in BOOKS!
We had so many books stored around the house in boxes. These books ranged from historical to romance to thrillers to fiction to midwifery! We possibly had every fiction and non-fiction genre in that house and I gobbled up my fair share. These books nurtured my imagination and improved my vocabulary. This love of books has continued till today and I can’t go on a train journey or trip without having some reading material. Thank God for the kindle app which is stored on my phone, as it’s a treasure chest of all the books I love that are accessible at any time. I sometimes wish the power cut phenomenon would occur in the Western world as I reckon some reluctant readers would find an alternative source of entertainment, information and fun in books.
A book lover’s day wouldn’t be complete without a few favourites of mine. In the last few years (and this must have something to do with my children’s changing reading tastes), I’ve found myself reading more and more MGLit books. For the uninitiated, MGLit stands for Middle Grade Literature. One of the most popular series in this genre is ‘The Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney. I think what makes modern day MGLit books different to the books I read when I was growing up is the fact that they are more modern and have a wonderful sense of humour. My favourite book in this genre is ‘I’m not a Loser’ books by English author – Jim Smith – and I absolutely love the way he’s created these quirky characters who have a unique way of speaking that gets me cracking up on every other paragraph or page. I once read an entire book in the series while waiting for a train!
It’s being my pleasure having you on my blog today. For more stories about ‘book love,’ please visit these awesome authors by clicking the links below.
Venturing into the Unknown
JD’s Writers Blog
KidLit Blog by Rosie