Once upon a time, there was a girl who liked to read. Although reading was her favorite hobby, there were still things she liked to do as well: going out with her friends, watching movies and tv, listening to music, knowing everything that happens in the celebrity culture, traveling and just being alive.
Then, the year 2013 came. The girl stummbled upona website called Goodreads, where she learned about books she never heard of. They all looked so appealing to her, but there was just one problem: most of them weren’t translated into Croatian, the girl’s native language.
The girl figured out that, in order to read them, she has to learn English. She already knew some basics from school, but she was never good enough when it came to using them.
That didn’t discourage her. The girl went to a bookstore, bought herself a copy of the spin-off of her favorite series (it was a Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and no, it is still not translated to Croatian L ), took a dictionary and a pen , and started reading.
It took her almost a month to finish that book and after she was done with it, she bought herself a copy of The Golden Lily.
It took her around two weeks to finish that one and, when she was finally done with it, she grabed herself a copy of The Fault in our Stars.
Then came Anna and the French Kiss which made her fall in love with books in a whole new level, and after that, more and more books she read, faster and faster of a reader she became, more and more hungry for a great fiction she was.
As you probably figured out by now, the girl was me and, although I still enjoy all of the mundane things, reading is what I love the most and feel a great passion about.
These days I am not only reading in English (although I still do enjoy reading in my native language) but writing reviews and discussing books in it as well.
Although I am a pretty active user on Goodreads , I decided to start my own blog and to be a part of a bookish community (I also got a twitter account for that purpose).
These are my 2016 bookish resolutions:
- To be a part of bookish community
- Not to set up myself a Goodreads challenge (because this year I don’t want to stress myself whether I would reach it or not, but just want to relax and enjoy reading as I once did)
- To participate in Read-a-Thons
- To read more classics
- To re-read more (once upon a time re-reading was what I loved the most. To me, it was even better then first-time-reading. Since discovering Goodreads and so many new books, I kind of lost the habit of re-reading and I started to miss it)
- To read books I still haven’t from authors I consider as my favorite (Richelle Mead, Julie Kagawa, Katie McGarry, Jane Costello, Lindsey Kelk, J. A. Templeton, Cynthia Hand, Madeleine Wichkam (aka Sophie Kinsella)
When it comes to my blog, I am still in process of learning everything but I hope I will manage to handle everything pretty soon.
In the next few days I will post some of my old reviews that I am obligated to publishers, some of my old reviews because I want them to be here on my web-space, as well as new ones that I still have to write.
Anyway, I hope to be here a long time, to be able to call myself a blogger, and to get on well with other book bloggers.
Thank you for reading this.
11 thoughts on “My first blog post in which I am discussing how I started reading in English and my 2016 bookish resolution”
Welcome to the blogosphere, Irena! 🙂
Thank you so much, Inge! 🙂
Welcome Irena!! That’s amazing you learned English so you could read all the books! So determined 🙂 welcome to the book community! I hope you find even more books now that you’re blogging, I’m sure you’ll add a ton of favourites to the list!
Thank you so much Giselle! Your guide to book blogging helped me a lot when I decided to make my own blog because I knew nothing. Yeah, you’re probably right when it comes to adding books. Few years ago I had no idea what to read, now there’s so many books, I already know I won’t have time to read them all.
Welcome to the blogging community, Irena! I cannot wait to see you around. I’m sure you’ll slip into the community with no problem.
Thanks Rachel! I’m glad you think so, I hope you’re right!
Welcome to the book blogging community! I’ve only been blogging for 6 months, but I can tell you that everyone I’ve talked to is super nice, and you’re going to fit right in 🙂 And that’s amazing that you learned English so well the way you did. I’ve been trying to learn Spanish my whole life and still can’t do it lol, so I admire that.
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Thank you so much Kristen! It is great to hear that. I am still trying to figure out everything when it comes to book blogging.
And good luck with Spanish! I was learning English in school but wasn’t goos at it at all, I learned the most of it trough books. Maybe it would help you with Spanish too, if you’d grab a book in Spanish and just read it. 🙂
What an interesting reason to want to learn how to read English!
What an interesting reason to learn to read English! “Where there is a will there is a way.”
Thank you! 🙂