Welcome, welcome, welcome! Gather round fellow readers and witness this five year Blogspot groupie’s descent into the madness of WordPress! It’s been a pretty scary process but I did it! I am here! I am an anxious wreck!
If you’re reading this, chances are you are either dating me, related to me or you follow me on Twitter. Whoever you are, thank you for taking the time to take a quick look at my blog and please feel free to follow me. There’s nothing more nerve wracking than being a blogger writing to no one but herself!
I have spent over a year watching the book community from the sidelines, patiently waiting to gain the confidence in myself, and my reading, to join all of you. Yes, I’ve had blogs before, but they’ve all been about things other than reading. Things that in all honesty, I’m not sure I’m all that interested in. I guess I’ve grown up a little over the last few years.
Before I met my boyfriend John (also a blogger and book lover), I felt lost. I looked in the mirror and heard myself talk, but I had no idea who Matilda was anymore. I was every negative emotion squashed into one Matilda sized woman. I longed to be a child again, to restart my life and would have given anything to do so. However, after the previously mentioned ‘meeting of the boyfriend’, I started to find myself. I was happier, was doing things slightly more out of my comfort zone, and I was spending time with someone other than myself.
And then… I also discovered Gilmore Girls. Something my old self would never have bothered watching. A sugary sweet TV show about sugary sweet people in their picture perfect town? Not in a million years! But there I was, getting involved in the lives of the Gilmore women, night after night, after night. Surprisingly, I saw my childhood self in Rory. Innocent and intelligent. Barely ever a moment without her head in a book. Exactly like I was.
So that year I picked up my first book in a while. I’d read a couple of highly publicised books over the years, but none that ever sparked my love of reading again past the end of their – what were typically – trilogies.
I read about five books that year. Most notably three Holly Bourne books and Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (although the less said about the latter, the better!)
It still hadn’t quite re-sparked my obsession, but it was a start. And then I found THAT book. THE book. The book that would change my reading habits for good.
It was wrapped up under the Christmas tree inconspicuously. My mother had seen it in a bookstore and the movie was about to be released soon so she thought I might like it. It was a zombie dystopian called The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. I have always despised zombie stories, so was very dubious about picking it up. But I did, and I fell in love with reading all over again.
I ended up reading 80 books that year. AND… religiously watching booktube and following bookstagram blogs. AND… updating my Goodreads constantly. And then they once again became all I could talk about, like they were when I was a child.
Fast forward to today and I’ve started a blog dedicated to my love of reading. I have over 100 followers on a book themed Twitter, and I’m considering starting up my own YouTube channel at some point this year.
So, that’s the story of Matilda’s Library.
I found myself again through books and I will continue doing so! In every book, between every page, there is always the possibility that that particular book will change the person you are forever. And that is why I love reading.
So please join me on this blog and on my journey. I will take part in reading challenges, book tags and write reviews as well as lots of other fun content that I’m already planning out!
I look forward to talking to you all! Please feel free to follow me on here and on Twitter, and please comment and let me know the book that got you into or back into reading!
For now, I’m going to eat my weight in pasta and garlic bread. Have a great day/evening and thank you for reading!