When I was about 8 years old, I had this whole idea about creating a website dedicated to recommending books. I didn’t know anyone my age who loved reading as much as I did and the thought of being able to recommend, be recommended and talk about books was, in my opinion, revolutionary. I was in love with the idea. I was so ridiculously excited about the prospect of my own bookish website. Only, there were a few problems. Firstly, I was an 8 year old who thought she knew everything about the world of computers simple because I knew what ‘WordArt’ was. Secondly, it was the early 2000’s. My idea got as far as my Dad asking for advice from a work colleague about creating my website. It turned out at that point in time websites were not only nearly impossible to create on your own but they cost A LOT. And that was the end of that. Since I was only 8, I didn’t mourn the loss of my ‘genius’ idea for too long and pretty soon I was dedicating my life to Pirates of the Caribbean, naturally..? The idea was mostly pretty much left to rest. Yes, every now and then I would feel a twinge of regret, wondering what could have been but then Captain Jack Sparrow would sacrifice himself to the Kraken and all would be forgotten.
My relationship with reading has, for the most part, been a constant in my life. I’ve always read/devoured books. We’ve had a few rough patches, reading and I (although we don’t speak of that time), but we’ve aways known we would end up back together. You might even call us the Ross and Rachel of reading relationships. Although, I probably wouldn’t. Scratch that, I really wouldn’t. I hate myself for even saying that. Moving on… A few years ago “We were on a break”, the longest break we’ve ever had. In the space of about two years, I read approximately two books. Yeah, it was bad. But then somehow, at the end of 2014 something snapped. I’m still not sure what happened but I missed reading, really missed it. So, for the first time in forever, I picked up a book and read. A few wonderful books later, I had found my love for reading again.
Then I discovered ‘Booktube’. A place where people actually talked about books. Somewhere full of passion and excitement towards… books? So I anxiously created my BookTube channel ‘GirlReading’. It wasn’t long before it dawned on me that it was possibly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was once again hooked, not only on reading but about talking about and listening to people talk about books.
It was only recently that I was once again reminded of my infamous book recommendation site. 8 year old me was, to put it lightly, slightly disappointed at the realisation that Goodreads now existed, although that hasn’t deterred my addiction, (I’m still adding books to my ‘TBR’ and ‘Read’ pile, as though my life depends on it.) Instead, 8 year old Kate had an epiphany, “book blogging”.
I would say I’m slightly embarrassed by how long this ‘epiphany’ took to arrive but honestly, I’m simply too excited.