The Origin Story of Bec the Bookworm

April 9, 2017 Discussion 18

Once upon a time, Bec was a little girl who loved playing with horse toys, running around pretending to be a horse, and dreamed of riding horses into the sunset. She always enjoyed a good story, and was also at the top of the class for reading and comprehension.

The Unicorns of Balinor

It wasn’t until late primary school, however, when her best friend introduced her to horse books that the reading bug bit her. It started with The Unicorns of Balinor, which her friend leant her and she never had the opportunity to finish (she never got to borrow the last books).

Around this time Bec’s mother gifted her her very first chapter book, that she would own all by herself, The Quicksand Pony. It was horse based, of course, but it was also a creepy mystery that Bec would reread multiple times in years to come.

Early high school was not a fun time for young Bec. Her best friend had moved to the other side of the country, some friends to other schools, and the friends who travelled to the same high school as her decided they didn’t want to hang around her anymore. Feeling isolated, Bec turned to books.

Phantom Stallion

At first Bec stayed with the horse trend, turning to a book series that her best friend loved: Phantom Stallion. It didn’t take long for Bec to deplete her library’s collection (which wasn’t all) and she didn’t know online bookstores existed yet.

This is when Bec started the Nancy Drew books. She’d been playing the computer games for three years now and enjoyed the mystery, so gave the books a chance and soon read all the library had to offer of that.

The love of horses never left Bec, so of course when she saw a pegasus on a book cover while perusing the library website, she immediately placed a hold. The biggest book she’d ever read, The Starthorn Tree, immediately became an instant favourite, and Bec needed more Kate Forsyth.

Witches of Eileanan

Keeping the horse theme going, she requested Rhiannon’s Ride as soon as possible. And so it was through a sequel series that Bec was introduced to the land of epic adult fantasy (which featured the first detailed sex scene she’d ever read, leaving her a bit mortified).  It didn’t take long for Bec to buy the Rhiannon’s Ride trilogy, its prequel series, The Witches of Eileannan, and many many more epic fantasies.

At some point after this, Bec stumbled across Middle Grade and Young Adult novels, though she never strayed far from her fantasy roots. While googling other books written by her favourite authors, she stumbled across Goodreads, and book blogs. She was delighted by the book community she found there and, since that discovery, has never left.

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What were the books that started you on your reading journey?

18 Responses to “The Origin Story of Bec the Bookworm”

    • Bec

      I’m glad :) Everyone got into reading a different way, it’s so interesting to see how they got here

  1. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Such a fun, personal post Bec! I loved the Saddle club books when I was young too. Our year 7 camp was at a horseriding place and I was obsessed! I’m so glad you found the YA community.

    • Bec

      I owned the Saddle Club books but I don’t think I ever got around to reading them at the time.

      I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOUR CAMP

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I love this! It’s fun to see how we all got into reading. Honestly, I don’t ever remember NOT reading. I do remember the books I loved growing up though like the picture book Rainbow Fish and when I was about 7 or so, I read the first Harry Potter book and it was love from that point on. haha I mostly read contemporary though, because I’d go to the library and just find things to read and it tended to go in that direction.
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    • Bec

      Rainbow Fish, Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Where the Wild Things Are are some of the very first childhood books I remember. It’s fantastic that you’ve had this love for your entire life

  3. Tyler H. Jolley

    That was lovely Bec. You’re probably not going to believe me, but I wasn’t a reader until I was 21. The first non-assigned book I ever read, start to finish, was Jurassic Park. Once I read that, I never looked back.

    • Bec

      Thanks :) I believe you! I know a few people who didn’t read until later.

      Jurassic Park is a book I haven’t finished yet haha. It was an assigned read which didn’t help. I’m glad it was a gateway book for you!

  4. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    This was adorable. I chuckled when I read about when you felt mortified reading your first sex scene. Yeah, it’s kind of a weird moment for everyone the first time I’m sure. I don’s remember mine exactly but I’m sure I felt the exact same way. I don’t remember if I was ever into horses but I liked how you picked a theme growing up. I remember reading mostly in second or more likely third grade when my teacher would take us to the library all the time at our school. My mom would do the same I’m sure. I read about warrior cats, The Zack Files, some really sad historical fiction book, nature type books, and Redwall. I was very into the animal theme for a while there.
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    • Bec

      Hahaha I didn’t know how to react when I read that first sex scene!! I knew what was happening but it was so awkward to read hahaha.

      Horses were my obsession when I was a kid (and still now haha) so it’s only natural I get into horse books among other things.

      Library time was the best in primary school! Warrior Cats was a popular series that I don’t think came out until I was in high school, but I had so many friends who loved it so much.

  5. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Awww I loved reading about Bec the Reader ♥ I got into reading through old Archie Comics my cousins and aunts always had lying about in the Summer months. I ended up owning a ridiculous amount myself before getting into longer books. I remember the Anne of Green Gables books as being definitive obsessions for me…and then The Babysitters Club…before I got into embarrassing teen-trash books like Sweet Valley High. Then it was stuff like The Secret Garden and Shakespeare in high school before I stopped reading for fun, went to Uni and then eventually made my way to Harry Potter ;)
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    • Bec

      So many classic kids books on your list! Haha Mum bought me some Sweet Valley High books (they were redoing them around 2008 I think) and they were good, fluffy trash with some ridiculous drama.

    • Bec

      YAS NANCY DREW!! Such classic stories. I remember lots of other kids reading Goosebumps but I never got into them. I wasn’t really into horror then.

  6. Uma @ Books.Bags.Burgers.

    Awww.. Such a sweet post! ♥ I loved reading this!! How did I become a reader? Well I’m the only child and my dad used to bring me books from his Office library for as long as I can remember! First it was comics, picture-books, and bedtime stories and soon I was reading Enid Blyton…I think that’s when I really realized how much I loved reading!Then I moved on to Nancy Drew, Harry Potter and now here I am :) Thanks for this wonderful post that has made me nostalgic ♥
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    • Bec

      Your dad is awesome for bringing you such a wide range of books! We have some Enid Blyton around here somewhere and I remember starting it once or twice.

    • Bec

      My horse phase has only grown stronger hahaha. I am an anomaly in that I never read HP until last year, and I think a lot of that is because I’m the oldest so no one before me was reading and giving me books. (Mum and Dad read, but they read crime, sci fi, fantasy, and adult novels I wouldn’t be interested in back then).

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