I would never pick up a Sci-fi or Fantasy book. It just wasn’t for me… or so I thought. About the time the 3rd Harry Potter book came out I happened to catch Katie Couric talking about the series. I finally gave in and started Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
I abandoned it in a few pages.
Tried again about 6 months later… and abandoned it again.
You know the saying “the 3rd times the charm”… the 3rd time I stuck with it. About halfway through, I couldn’t put it down. I loved Harry Potter. Of course I went on to read the whole series. But Harry Potter was the exception to Fantasy books. There’s no way I would enjoy any other Fantasy books. No way.
Fast forward a few years and there’s this vampire series all the teachers are talking about. Really? A vampire love story? Not for me.
I stroll into the local used book store and there are those Stephanie Meyer vampire books. The first 2 at least. The 3rd wasn’t out yet.
Ughhh. Okay. I’ll give it a try. So I buy book 1. The nice little saleslady asked, “Would you like to buy book 2?”
“No. I’m just giving this a try. This isn’t reallly the kind of book I like to read.” I smile.
She smiles right back, “Are you sure? I don’t know anybody that hasn’t loved it!”
“I’m sure, thanks.”
I read the first book in 2 nights. Made an excuse to run back into town to buy the 2nd book.
Then when book 3 came out, I didn’t even wait for paperback or get on the “hold” list at the library. I bought the hardback and devoured it.
I now find myself cruising the young adult side of the library looking for the next great read.
Whatever the genre may be.