My love of reading came from as far back as I can remember, but it's hard to pin-point exactly when it became my greatest hobby. As a kid, my mom would buy me books on fairytales and read to me at night, as I'm sure a lot of kids have done with their parents. I was that kid in first grade who the teacher would make read in front of the class even though I was shy as all hell. Now that I think about it, that's probably why she made me do it all the time. Well played, Mrs. K. I remember borrowing books from the library all through elementary school and never returning the good ones -- my mom found a bunch of them in our basement years later; don't worry, they've been donated to kids who I hope enjoyed them as much as I did. My friend forced me to read a Harry Potter book in junior high, and everyone I know can vouch for me when I say I became an absolute HP addict a few years later. Especially in high school. It got to the point where I would wave pencils around like they were wands. It was also during those years growing up that I discovered my favourite book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, at my local library one summer. I think I was 13. The book was in terrible shape but the bright green cover and the simplicity of it -- not to mention the peculiar title -- drew me in. Then I opened it, read it, renewed it about 3 times before deciding that I should return it and stop depriving other people of reading that amazing piece of work. Then I bought it, read it until the cover came off, and bought another one years later. It's now safely tucked away in my bookshelf after all the abuse it's been through from going in and out of my book bags and purses. It's safe to say I have an addictive personality when it comes to some books.
As of May 2012, I've graduated from the University of Manitoba with my Bachelor of Arts. I hold a major in Classical Studies with a minor in Art History. A lot of people ask me, "Classical Studies? What is that?" or "Why Classics?" to which I reply to the latter with, "Because I enjoy it." Simple. I've spent the last 4 years reading works by Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Hesiod, and others. Loved it. I never thought myself to be interested in epic poetry before this, but there you go. I've always been fascinated with Greek and Roman culture; the history, art, language... everything. But especially the mythology. I'm not lying when I say that I based my decision to major in Classics because of Disney's Hercules. I know, I know, it's far from accurate, but I was 8 and very impressionable when it came to Disney movies. You can't tell me that you didn't at least find the songs catchy. Since I laid eyes on that movie, I've spent many days at a time reading about different mythological Greek gods, and over the years it extended to Roman mythology, then Norse, Egyptian, and many more. The fantasy aspect of it all is something that interests me greatly. This is probably why I love a lot of the Young Adult books that are out there right now with a burning, fiery passion. So many authors take elements from different types of mythology and fantasy and incorporate them into their own works; from that, they create their own worlds where anything's possible and I just sit here drinking it all in like it's the friggin' nectar of the gods of Olympus or something. Everything from the supernatural to mythological to folklore; count me in. If I'm not reading about about this stuff, I'm spending my free time on Wikipedia reading up on different mythological figures. It's really sad. But do expect to see a lot of reviews on novels with mythological aspects in them on this blog.
So, with what I finished in school, people are under the assumption that I'm going to work in a museum or an art gallery. It'd be amazing, really. But what I really want to do is work in a library or for a publishing company. I'm currently pursuing this by moving out west to take a Library Information Technology program this Fall 2014.
When I'm not studying or working, you can find me most likely at a book store, scouring the shelves (usually for YA books) even when I'm down to my last $20. I don't always walk out with a purchase. I just like being around books. Better than spending that money and time on drugs or booze, is what I always say. Crack is whack, kids.
I also like music, tv, movies, drawing in my sketchbook, making graphics on my laptop, shopping online, and any other outlet you can think of that borders on anti-socialism. Kidding. As the kids these days say, I'm not anti-social, I'm an introvert, son.
And I'll end it with that. Wow, it's true; everyone does love to talk about themselves, don't they?
Before I forget: obligatory comment that I do this for fun and because I love to read. Not for monetary gain or anything.
Here are some of my favourite books, not limited to YA:
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
- The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
- Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
- The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
- Impulse series by Ellen Hopkins
- Rome series by Kate Quinn
- This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
- It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
- We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
- A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon