I Am The Cheese and Why I write about books
I suppose that I have a lot to thank author Robert Cormier for. There is a defined, singular moment in my life where I can say I literally felt my attitude towards books take a shift from "I like reading" to "my life would not be the same without books". That moment came while reading the final chapters of I Am The Cheese.
Never before had a book taken me by surprise in such a way. I couldn't believe it; I had just been lied to by these pages for almost a week! And I was the fool! I didn't know books could do this. I was 11 years old, starting to realise I kind of really liked my English class, and had been given the book by the teacher to encourage me outside of curricular reading. I guess I also have a lot to thank that teacher for.
I Am The Cheese started me on my quest to be lied to. I loved having the ground pulled from beneath my feet (in pages!) and I devoured the thriller section of my school library very quickly. Four years later, my GCSE teacher placed Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier in my hands and that was it. Gothic literature was opened up to me and I have never looked back. So, thank you to that teacher, too ;)
Books took a huge role in my college education as I studied English Language and English Literature (more on that here!) and when I left college I began work as a production assistant. There was suddenly a huge void in my existence: I wasn't writing about books anymore! I guess when it comes down to it, that is why Mab is Mab exists; I didn't like my life as much when I wasn't talking about books. I needed it. I was lost without the need to analyze, decode, learn from and form opinions around writing.
Although I write about books for myself, I do hope that my need to do so means something to someone, somewhere. As egotistical as that may be... If just one person picks up a book as a result of this blog, it would make me warm and glow-y inside for quite a while. I hope they do :)
Disclaimer: I was contacted by My Voucher Codes to share my story as part of a World Book Day campaign. All text is my own and I will be entering this post as a competition entry to be featured on their site.