Happy World Book Day, friends!
Today I thought I would share about my love for books and how I became a bookworm.
It’s no wonder that I adore books, considering this blog is mainly dedicated to books. I have loved books and storytelling ever since I was a kid. My Mum tells me I used to badger her to tell me bedtime stories every night when I was a kid. My father also helped me turn into a reader, by getting a monthly subscription of Champak, an Indian children’s magazine that contained short stories (mainly of animals making trouble and later learning their lessons) and cartoons. I also loved Tinkle, which was another well-known Indian children’s magazine, that I found in my school library.
As I grew older, so did my love for books. I lived in a small town as a pre-teen and there was a bookshop only in the next town, but I remember going there with my father at least thrice a month, and it was in that small bookshop that I discovered Enid Blyton and her various books, from the Famous Five series to the Malory Towers series, and well! Enid Blyton became my favorite author at that time. I also found and fell in love with, Nancy Drew, The Three Investigators, and the Tintin comics as well, amongst others.
Later, my teenage years were spent devouring the Harry Potter series, which made me fall head over heels in love with fantasy. My English school textbooks had great stories as well, and all these resulted in making me the reader I am today.
In my early 20s, unfortunately, depression struck, and the habit of reading, which, till then, was constant, fell away. It was through therapy and medication that I regained my love of reading.
I think the quote from To Kill A Mockingbird best summarizes my love for books: “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” And it’s true. Until I couldn’t concentrate on reading books during my period of depression, I never paid attention to how much reading was important to me. Books have been a faithful companion in my life.
And that’s my journey to being a full-time book lover. Tell me your story! How did you become a bookworm? I would love to know!