This is my first time participating, and I couldn’t be more excited. I am always on the lookout for new book bloggers to follow, and fellow book lovers to connect with, on the books that we read and love – so this event is a Godsend for me!
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved to read. Books are my escape, and my therapy of choice. However, the book/series that actually got me into reading consistently was – The Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling. Hogwarts was the first non-existent place that I have ever felt homesick for. Which is why, this series occupies a special place in my heart, and I will continue to love this book /series beyond logic and/or reason.
The genres that I love, and the one I avoid:
I read a very eclectic mix of genres from Literary Fiction to Romance to Mysteries to Sci-Fi to Young Adult to Indian Historical Fiction to Non-Fiction.
The one genre that I avoid is Horror. Mostly because, like I mentioned here, I have a very complex relationship with ghosts – while I don’t believe in them, I am very scared of them. Contradiction, I know! But it is what it is, and as much as I love reading, I also value my peace of my mind, and a good night’s sleep, which is not haunted by these phantoms!
Also, in-spite of professing my undying love for the Harry Potter Series, I have not read much fantasy outside of this book/series. It is not that I have avoided the genre consciously, nothing really caught my eye – until recently that is, when I came across the Lunar Chronicles Series, and now I can’t wait to read Cinder – this book/series seems to be right up alley!
Bookish Bingo for 2016:
This year, I created a Bookish Bingo to track my reading, and ensure that I stick to my goal of balance and diversity in my reading. You can read more about it here, and also check out my tentative picks for the categories of Bingo here.
I would love to hear from you guys. What was the book/series that got you into reading? Which are your favorite genres to read? Do you have a genre (or two) that you avoid? What are your reading goals for this year? Looking forward to hearing from you guys in the comments!