Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How Did I Acquire These Books? Part 1

A while back, I shared some of my bookish confessions with y'all and I shared a picture of my bookshelf (or rather, a part of my bookshelf. Taking a picture of my entire bookshelf was too hard). I kind of stared at it for ten minutes yesterday for no reason at all. And as I was staring, I was thinking about all the various ways I acquired these books and this post was born. So here are some stories behind how I got these books. They're not very interesting stories but I hope you don't mind!

When I was eight, my school held a book fair. There were posters plastered all over the walls and every single time I walked by them, my eyes would automatically stop at the book, Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist. I just thought it was the cutest, most magnificent cover ever and so I went home and basically told my dad that he had to give me money for this book. Fortunately, I have the greatest dad on the planet. He obliged and the very day the book fair opened, I bought the book!

After I had finished the book, I realized that I made the mistake of reading the second book first. Errrr. But I kind of just shrugged it off, saying 'there's no point in reading the first now that I've read the second'. And this is where things get a bit crazy. A couple weeks later, my grandmother who loves sending me books sent me The Tale of Emily Windsnap which was the first book in the Emily Windsnap series. That was like, totally beyond what my third-grade mind could comprehend so I sat and screamed for ten minutes.

I still don't think I've finished the series. It took me a while to make it to the third book and then after that, they didn't interest me any more. I still remember how much I loved this series when I was younger though. Honestly, if you were to ask me my favourite childhood authors, Liz Kessler would probably slip from my mind but really, she deserves a spot on my list for helping me discover my wonderful imagination!

When I was six, I saw a movie that would forever change my life: High School Musical. No, seriously, that movie was my LIFE. I think I've watched it about seventeen to nineteen times since then. And every single time was as magical as the first. I think everyone around me evenutally caught on how absolutely obsessed I was because as Christmas came, so did two High School Musical books. They were the only things I read for like, a year until I begged my mum to get me this one too. Which I still haven't finished.

But I hope that doesn't give you the impression that I'm no longer a Wildcat. Because I am, I just no longer feel the need to cry into my books, wondering when I will get my own Troy (but seriously, we all know I'm talking about Zac).

I think two books is pretty good for the beginning right? I planned on having four books in this post but seeing as how much I talk about on each book, it's better to keep the numbers small. So 'How Did I Acquire These Books?' will now be a series that you can probably find pretty regularly here now that it's summer. And don't forget to share stories of how you acquired YOUR books!


  1. I loved school book fairs! My mom used to volunteer to help out at them, which was perfect because she usually had to write a check for me, lol. I went crazy with the book buying even back then!

  2. You would never have to forget about forgetting money! That's so awesome! I love school book fairs too but I usually stay away from buying books at the fairs. The last four books I bought (and the only four) have sat on my bookshelf, unread. I stick to buying bookmarks instead! I have 18 so far and I'm hoping to add to my collection!

  3. HSM was the it movie back then. :D Can't blame you for being such a fan.

    And fairs are awesome! I love going to one and knowing all those stuff can be bought for a discounted price. It promotes book splurging.

    And that was such a coincidence with you and your grandma! That was such great timing.

  4. Sometimes I think back and I laugh at how much I loved High School Musical. It was seriously all I talked about night and day. I would have loved it a lot longer if the second and third movies were as good as the first! But I think my parents are glad that didn't happen. If it did, our house would probably be swarmed with HSM memorabilia.

    Fairs are my favourite place to get books! I've been to book fairs (not located at my school) and it's totally the best place for a book lover! School book fairs are pretty cool too but they don't offer a wide variety of YA novels. :(

  5. GASP!!

    Oh my gosh, those Emily Windsnap books!! The covers are soooo pretty, and I can tell they are about mermaids which makes me want to read them SO bad! How funny that you ended up reading the books out of order (but so awesome that your dad and grandmother gave you the books!).

  6. I KNOW!!! If and when I write a book about mermaids, I'm going to track down that cover artist so that they can make a bedazzeled cover for my book!

    And if there's anyone who understands your taste in books, it's your family! :)