Anyone that knows me will tell you I'm a bookworm; I have books in every room, shelves, cases, boxes of books, and as much as I love them, I often find myself in a bit of a love/like relationship. What I mean by that is, I either inhale novel after novel, and can't get enough, or I don't look at a book never mind pick it up and read it for a few months.
I've only really been this way since I finished university. I studied English at BA and MA level so had four years of reading novels that I didn't necessarily want to. I studied more literature than language, and mainly Victorian literature so the novels weren't exactly small. After I graduated in 2013 it took me a while to start reading books that I'd chosen, that I liked. I'd been collecting novels during my uni years as I planned to dive into them once my degree was over but it took me so long to actually get round to it. My brother used to mock me saying he was going to sell them if I didn't start reading. It was weird, I just needed a break.
I think because I'd spent so long analysing novels and scribbling on pages I forgot what it was like to lose myself in a book. Not only did uni change how often I read, it changed what I read. I used to love an easy-to-read piece of chick lit, and now I can't bear them. Luckily my love of crime fiction wasn't destroyed, I still hold a thriller close to my heart. I'm also a huge fan of the supernatural; anything with witches, magic or vampires (except Twilight, sorry guys) and I'm all over it. I've recently jumped on the YA bandwagon and don't think I'll be getting off it any time soon. A friend over on Twitter recommended a few series and as soon as I've finished Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, I'm onto that.
Maybe I should write more book reviews. I guess I haven't done so many because I keep going in and out of this love/like phase. I enjoy critiquing novels and giving my opinion on them so we'll see. Let me know what you think to more book reviews in the comments.
Since I'm a night owl, I spend time reading before I go to sleep. I've always been this way; except when I was at school and had to read during the day obviously; but each night I'd escape into another world, and often fell asleep with a book on my pillow. I envy people that can read as soon as they wake up or during the afternoon - for some reason my brain can't do that. I did whilst at uni, I had so many bloody novels to read and had no choice, but now, during my leisure time, I just can't. Maybe I should try plan it and see how I get on. Maybe that way I won't have a love/like relationship with books but just a love. We'll see.