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.