When I was in elementary school I struggled with reading. It took me a long, long, and even longer time to comprehend what I was reading so reading took forever compared to other kids. I HATED reading, it was a chore and felt like a punishment. Freshmen year of high school, I had a Language Arts teacher that forced us to read classic books, but not just physically read them. We listened to an audiobook while reading the book physically which made my comprehension improve. The only book I enjoyed that we actually read was The Outsiders. To this day that book has been my all-time favorite just because it was the initial spark of my reading interest.
So that was the history into semi-liking reading, but I didn’t start actually reading for enjoyment until about 2-3 years ago when I found Booktube. All of the creators of Booktube made me want to enjoy reading because they had such a passion for it. So I got myself a library card and went looking for books I saw those creators talking about and I found the Shatter Me series! I love the Shatter Me series (even though I still haven’t finished reading the rest of the books that are out.)
From the Shatter Me series, I read some dystopian novels. BUT, I stumbled upon a Booktube creator named “chelseadollingreads” and she was talking about her love of contemporary books… I now love contemporary books and found my favorite genre of books.