My Reading History
For as long I as can remember I loved reading. I never had a favourite genre because I would just read everything. When I was little I remember being really into Horrid Henry, Jack Stalwart, Magic Tree House, Beast Quest, Marvin Redpost and Junie B. Jones. I also used to read a lot of non-fiction, mostly about animals.
In fifth grade, I moved to Mumbai and I got more interested in fantasy. My friend (Kali) introduced me to the Power of Five by Anthony Horowitz and that got me into Alex Rider, which is my absolute favourite series to date. One day out of boredom I happened to pick up The Last Olympian (the last book in the series XD) and that really got me into the Percy Jackson fandom and also Kane Chronicles (it’s written by the same author). Also in fifth grade, the movie The Hunger Games came out and that prompted me to read the book. I really enjoyed The Hunger Games but I didn’t find Catching Fire or Mockingjay to be that interesting. Another series that I was really interesting in was the 39 Clues. Three books I specifically remember reading in fifth grade were Holes by Louis Sachar, City of Ember (only the first book was good, though) by Jeanne DuPrau and Stargirl and Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.
In sixth grade I started getting into teen romance novels (Shug, Dead Beautiful, Life Eternal, If You Come Softly, The Clique) and the Uglies series. Cahills vs. Vespers came out (the follow up series to 39 Clues) and thought I didn’t like it as much as 39 Clues, it was still pretty good. Another author I really started liked was Peg Kehret and I read most of her books, including her second autobiography, through the span of sixth and seventh grade. In sixth grade we read The Giver in social studies so that prompted me to read the whole quartet, which was really good. I also read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for social studies. I also remember reading (and enjoyed) two of Carl Hiaasen’s books, Scat, and Chomp.
In the seventh grade, my reading addiction declined a little and I wasn’t reading as much as I used to. I still managed to read a bunch of series. I got into the City of Bones and Magnus Bane series by Cassandra Clare. I read Suzanne Collin’s not-as-popular-as-the-hunger-games book Gregor the Overlander and I started getting into Agatha Christie. In the second trimester I read a couple of non-fiction books for science (one of which was really, really good). I also read The Fault in Our Stars, and The Help, which were both amazing books. In the third trimester I read the whole Divergent series, which was fabulous, but I also abandoned quite a few books. Two book I read that year that made my list of Top 10 Best Book Ever were The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer and Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher.
Over the summer of 2014, I got enrolled into a JHU CTY LA course called Dangerous Games and Rebellions (it was a young adults course full of dystopian novels. I had read most of the books except Ender’s Games and Unwind. I hated Ender’s Game but I loved Unwind. My dad had got me books 1, 1.5, and two of the series on Kindle and I devoured them. I got the third book and finished it and the fourth book is coming out in November. That book touched a lot of sensitive/controversial topics like abortion, organ donation, misuse of technology, etc. Another book I remember was True Beauty and it was set in the modern day world with a cruel twist - slavery. This book opens eyes about not judging people by their looks and also learning to accept.
That’s all for now.