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.
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.
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.
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.