[BT] Books that Shaped my Life

We all have those few books that have changed our lives in small or large ways. Here are just a few titles/series that have made major differences in my life.

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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I am guilty. Although my parents say I was an avid reader as a kid, the truth was I carried around books to look smart. But once our school’s librarian suggested I read Twilight when I was in 8th grade, I was on a reading streak for five years after that. I didn’t read the book right away when it was recommended, but I did pick up a copy for my nine hour flight from Hungary (I did a student exchange thing). After I showed my parents all the pictures I took while on the trip, I went straight to my room and finished Twilight. By that time, book four was just coming out, so I had to catch up in the series. I read late into the night and woke up two hours earlier than usual to do so. I was in love with the series and it was my introduction to Paranormal Fantasies, Young Adult literature, and being the reader that I am today. I read troves of books after Twilight. Plus, the covers were gorgeous.

I hated the movies. Don’t talk to me about it, even if I did have an Edward and Jacob closet poster. I will talk about the fact I read it and enjoyed it in eighth grade and how it shaped me as a reader, but I won’t talk about anything else concerning it.

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[BT] On How I Pick Books to Read

Over summer I was reading  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I wondered why I hadn’t picked up the book any sooner. It’s quite a brilliant and fun read and I don’t think I’ve ever had a female lead make me laugh out loud as much as Celaena does and still be the most kick-ass ever (my opinion of Celaena has since Queen of Shadows came out. I might discuss this development in a post of its own). And then it hit me.

The original cover was sorta kinda shit?

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A billion thanks to the new cover artist for making a cover that’s far more appropriate for the book than the old.

And yes, the cover of the book does matter in some instances. Especially if it’s a good book with a shitty cover.

So here’s some insight as to what makes me go out to a bookstore and buy a book.

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