My Love of Reading

First I'll answer the most frequently asked questions, which are "Do you shower?" and "Are you a nerd?" Yes, I do shower, preferably every day. And yes, I like to spend my time in the library, reading dull articles about some obscure moons of far-away planets. But there's more to me than that. If you are able to look past the glasses and the utterly horrible hair crisis, you will most likely be surprised by the sheer number of my hobbies and interests.

While I may not naturally possess a ridiculously wide array of talents, what I do have is motivation to learn and discover new things. I have a huge load of different activities to spend my little slice of spare time with. Most people tend to enjoy sports-themed conversations, but I rarely bring up my love towards football, badminton, hiking, running or pretty much any sport that I can get my hands (or feet) on.

It was 2005 when I learned to read, and in case you find it difficult to do the math I'll just say my age at the time was six years. It happened very suddenly: first I had no idea about anything, then I just began filling a crossword puzzle from some children's magazine. I have been reading non-stop ever since, and can proudly tell you that I could follow the Finnish subtitles of "the Lord of the Rings" when I'd only read for a few months. It is one of the first movies I can remember.

My mother had read "the Hobbit" for me when I was but a toddler, so you could say that the seed for my love of J.R.R. Tolkien was indeed planted at a very early age. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was one of my first experiences with fantasy, and I read the series about three times in a row when I was a fifthgrader. Because I pretty much craved for more fantastical adventures, I went through the Harry Potter series, the Inheritance Cycle and many other fantasy books incredibly fast.

All of my reading was in Finnish, which was and is my native language, until I (perhaps at the age of 11) started going through a series that hadn't been completely translated. I was impatient, and found the non-translated books in English. It was a struggle at first, but luckily I had a good dictionary with me. Being able to read "proper" literature in English greatly broadened my reading possibilities.

One of my biggest new English book loves is "The Lightbringer Series" by an American author named Brent Weeks. It is classified as fantasy, but the story is less about magic and mythical beings than it is about people and their personalities, desires, weaknesses and political battles. That's what I call good literature: no matter how different the world of the book is from ours, the characters have a power to make us care for them. It doesn't matter if they're human, it doesn't matter if they're mean or friendly, good or bad. If there even are such things as being purely good or evil.

 

Tytti Hyttinen, 15IB