Friday, June 24, 2011

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop (62411)

 "When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?"


Okay, wow. Excuse the poor pun, but I really "hopped" into this meme at the right time.

Reading has, quite literally, been a lifelong love affair for me. I've been reading on my own since I was three years old, and due to being home-schooled, my family has always encouraged me towards it, to the point that when I was in fourth grade, I was already on a 11th grade reading level.

The library has always been like my second home. I know which shelves to browse first for a new favorite, and I'm probably the only patron who has to be policed by her younger sister into leaving a few books behind - very reluctantly.

With the affection that I hold for reading, it's a bit surprising - even to me - that I only just realized that I would be able to transmit this love into a career in Library Science. It's pretty much the only way I can think of at this point, besides my goal to become a YA author, to make my passion an official part of my life - and give my dad a proper excuse for why every solid surface of my room is choked with books.


Q. In light of the Summer Solstice - also known as Midsummer - let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

Oh, boy. Fairies. Let's see...My favorite childhood story, quite literally the one that started it all, would be The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks - you know, of The Indian in the Cupboard fame? I used to read that book over and over in elementary school, and think how cool it was if there were little faeries living in my backyard.

Of course, there's also William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which I adore (well, I just love Shakespeare's plays in general, so no surprise there). I am loving the influx of books centered around the idea of Puck, who is the ultimate fairy bad-boy to me. 

19 comments:

Mickey @ imabookshark said...

I'm actually watching Get Over It. Have you seen this movie? If not, I'm sure you're wondering why I'm asking. Anyway, they do a version of Midsummer Night's Dream in the movie, and the movie is loosely based on it too. It's from like 2000, but it's entertaining. :o)

Thanks for checking out my blog!
Mickey @ imabookshark

Nerd Girls said...

Happy Follow Friday! New follower here. :)

My Life With Books - Jennifer K Jovus said...

I loved indian in the cupboard but haven't heard of the fairy rebel. Thanks for sharing - I am goiing to check it out and rad it with my little girl.
Thanks!
Jen
New follower :)

Kristen said...

Hi, new follower here from the blog hops! I want to read The Midsummer Night's Dream now, I've been seeing it on a lot of blogs. Happy Friday and check out my Follow Friday post on my blog!

Kristen @suchateenagebookworm.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm now following you as well.

I've never heard of The Fairy Rebel, I'll have to look into it!

The Book Angel said...

Hopping by from the Hop!
Reading has been a long love of mine too. My mom read to me before I could read and then when I could read, that was it! lol

My Hop is here:
http://faybaysbooks.blogspot.com/

Katie said...

You should try The Iron Fey series if you haven't, it's really good!

New follower (:

Shalena @ Writer Quirk said...

Returning the follow! I'm a lifelong reader too, though I always wanted to be the storyteller at our library instead of the librarian, lol. Great blog and I can't wait to read more! ^_^

~Shalena @ Writer Quirk

Natasha said...

Great post! Stopping by the hop to say hello!!
I'm new to your blog. :)

Here's mine, if your interested:
http://www.bookmarkyourthoughts.com/2011/06/book-blogger-hop-june-24th-2011.html

Teen Fiction Centre said...

Hey there, I found your blog via Follow Friday!

If you get a moment, head over to Teen Fiction Centre and have a look around!

Howard Sherman said...

When did I first realize I loved reading? I wish I could prove a pre-natal predilection towards books but my memories don’t stretch back quite that far.

The earliest memories I can recall involved books. First having them read to me then reading them on my own the minute I had the ability.

Books have been a major part of my life ever since. My passion for the written word knowing no bounds, I started writing books on top of reading them about ten years ago.

Want to know what my favorite childhood book was? Hop on over to my blog and find out: http://www.howardsherman.net

Howard Sherman, Implementor
http://www.howardsherman.net

Grace Fonseca said...

Nice answers. Like your background very much. New follower. Come visit me as well.

Trish (Just a YA Girl) said...

What a cool retro blog! It sort of feels like a secret diary. Ok that sounded retarded but I really like your blog layout (and the fonts for the blog posts titles. I'm crushing on that font!)

Thanks for following :) I look forward to seeing you in future hops!

♥ Trish Just a YA Girl

karen! said...

I've never heard of The Fairy Rebel. I should check it out.

In any case... I'm just visiting from Parajunkee. I'm following you now (love the blog name).

morsie reads

Christy @TheReaderBee said...

I haven't read Fairy Rebel, or a Midsummer Nights Dream. Eek! I need to remedy that! :) Thanks for stopping by! I'm now following you in return!

Lan said...

Hi Kaye,
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Am following you in return!

Great choice for this weeks question.

Felicia said...

Haha thanks for following me! I think the library is my second home too...everytime I go, I never leave empty-handed(:

Oops, I've never read a Midsummer's Night Dream, though I've heard of it! :P

Following you too :D

Alison said...

Hopping through. New follower! I've read Indian in the Cupboard but I didn't know Lynn Reid Banks had written anything else. Never thought about it I suppose.
My Hop

Alissa said...

I love Shakespeare, too! A Midsummer Night's Dream is hilarious. :]

By the way, I'm a new follower!

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