Something terrible happened after high school: I stopped reading.
Up until that point, I read anything fictional and historical. Fantasy and British history were my go-to subjects, and I still yearn for these the same way I sometimes yearn for chocolate cake.
During college and for a little while after, I tried to feed my brain with other things. School required work, right? The internet began filling my life more than other things. Sure, once in a while I’d go on a library or booksale binge. I read a few awesome novels here or there. In my attempt to be some sort of English student, I read poems from the greats. I tried to discipline myself to read more and experienced staggered progress. Forcing yourself to read is like being force-fed your enjoyment by the Trunchbull.
A funny thing is happening at the beginning of this Half-Year of Young Adult challenge: I’m enjoying reading again. My past challenges were enjoyable, sure, but they weren’t done for the guilty pleasure of it. Back in elementary school, my guilty pleasures were Goosebumps, Babysitter’s club, Roald Dahl, and any horror. In middle school, I believe it was fantasy, Cats fanfiction (shut up), and for some reason Holocaust fiction and diaries. In high school, it was all the Jane Yolen, most manga, and perhaps historical fiction. Now that I’m somewhat of a grown-up, I suppose this time Young Adult is my cake.
This challenge is having a good start. I can only imagine how more enjoyable it will be when I start reading high school manga. My opinion may change, though, as soon as I head into more Teen novels.
All I hope is that I can soon be full of yummy books, the good and the bad.
Have you read any of these?