Today’s post is written by Jess Torres, age 16. Jess and I first met when she worked as a Teen Volunteer for our library’s Summer Reading Program, and now she has been hired as a library page! (Take note: volunteering pays off! :D) This means even more chances to discuss our favorite books, and in the post below, Jess explains how she became a reader, how she started her own book review blog, and how much she loves Goodreads. Thanks so much for contributing, Jess! –Becky O’Neil, currently reading The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer
As a youngster, I wasn’t much of a reader. It wasn’t until my mother grounded me for my grades (Math. Everyone hates math), that I finally picked up a book. Guess what book got me into reading? Yes, you guessed it. Twilight! My mom picked it out for me. So, I guess I should thank my mommy for my love of reading. This was about in the 6th grade (I’m in the 12th now). Since then, I’ve read close to 500 books.
When I was reading Twilight, I seriously wanted to be Bella. I wanted that Edward/Bella relationship. I realized that what I loved most about reading was the feeling of actually being the character. If you know me well, you’d know that I never read when the plot is in a boy’s perspective. How can I get into the plot when I can’t relate whatsoever?!
I’m picky about what I read, but eventually, I wanted to branch out and tell people my thoughts on books. I’m a teenager with very strange views on things. On top of that, I’m just very weird (very weird). This is when I decided to start a blog, Sugar Coated Book Reviews. The theme of the blog was to express my views without sugar coating anything. I wanted to be as sarcastic and blunt as possible. Sometimes I felt bad about being blunt, so that part didn’t work out so well.
My blog had been up for about a year and I decided that I couldn’t keep up with it so I took a break. It progressed very well and I loved my blog. Eventually, I’ll start back up again! While taking a break from my blog, I still continue to use Goodreads.com. A good friend of mine showed me this site awhile ago and I fell in love with it. I write all my reviews on there. I love Goodreads mostly because of the people. They always give me great feedback and comments.
I have a million favorite books and favorite series of books but my all time favorite series is the Mortal Instruments series. My favorite book of all time is in-between It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. The Mortal Instruments series is just a beautiful world created by Cassandra Clare. The series has expanded through clichÃ© vampires and werewolves and into a whole new sea of monsters. The other two books are alike in several ways. They give you a whole new outlook on the world. They both have happy endings, so don’t worry.
My favorite genre is usually paranormal, but sometimes I decide to be spontaneous and read something much different. I work at the library in the Teen department. There’s a section for just new books and I usually just base my choices from that section. I judge a book by its cover, so I just grab the prettiest cover and go from there.
Often times, I don’t like to watch movies that were made from books because they change little things that always make me mad. But, alas, I do have a favorite movie adaptation. The Hunger Games, in my opinion, stuck to the book the most out of any book-to-movie adaption I’ve seen. It was amazing! My other favorite book-to-movie is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I loved the movie almost just as much as the book although a few scenes were off.
I really, sincerely hope that the Mortal Instruments series becomes just as big as the Twilight Saga or the Hunger Games trilogy. The Mortal Instruments will be coming out as a movie and I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival, so I guess I’ll have to wait and find out if my favorite series will finally make it big.
— Jess Torres
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