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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Personal Post - Why I Love to Read by Anniek

Why I Love to Read by Anniek

Ever since I was a young girl I've always had a fascination for stories and books. My grandparents loved it that I got lost in stories so easily. On the days that they took care of me when my mom was at work, we regularly went to the shopping centre to shop for books. I started to read the Nancy Drew series and every time there was a new release, my grandparents bought that book for me. I still have the complete series and those books hold a strong emotional value for me. As soon as I started to read I completely forgot the world around me. That still happens to me today.

When I'm reading people can say my name or ask me something and I don't hear them until they manage to get my attention. For me books represent the possibility of visiting other worlds. I love to think about what I would do if was in the story and which character resembles me the most. I always read several books at the same time so I can choose the story which fits my mood at that time.

My favorite time to read is when my kids are asleep and it's quiet in the house. All day I look forward to the moment when I can curl up on the couch with a big mug of tea and my book of choice. Now that the days get shorter and colder, I find myself drawn to the more creepy stories and I'm always up for a thrilling zombie story.

My love for horror stories began when I was a teenager. I'd seen the movie Carrie on TV and when my mom and I went on a holiday, I was determined to buy the book at the airport. Unfortunately the book Carrie wasn't available in the store but Christine by Stephen King luckely was. Christine was my first horror story and I still have the book I bought 22 years ago. It is one of my treasures. I've been a fan of Stephen King ever since and I have bought all his books.

Books are my passion. I eat, sleep and dream books. If I'm not reading I'm probably thinking about which book I'm going to read when I get the chance. Otherwise I'm watching movies or series which are somehow related to books and sometimes I even sneak off during my break at work to read just one more chapter. Reading for me is relaxing.

Ever since Suze and I started "With Love for Books", I’ve had the pleasure  to get to know so many amazing authors. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to write reviews so I can share the great books I've read. Thank you for visiting With Love for Books and for participating in our bookish community.


  1. I'm a definite book-obsessive too, so I can relate!


  2. Lovely post, Anniek! Mum taught me to read by the time I was 3 and my little sister & I got a small book each week as a treat instead of sweets. I'm not sure many children would put up with that nowadays!

  3. Thank You, Anniek, for everything you -and Suze- do for us! <3

  4. I can relate - when I read I forget the world around me too!

  5. As far as I can think back I've always loved reading, I was very disgruntled to discover that reading whilst in a car made me feel nauseous as a teenager! No longer thank goodness :-) though now I'm always the driver so there's only reading when I stop, which I do every 2 hours or so.

  6. Anniek, Thank you for the wonderful post! I grew up with both parents as avid readers.

  7. I can so relate to this! Both my parents loved to read, and by the time I was 6 I was a fluent and fast reader! Since then I've read every genre and every author I love I keep an eye out for! I passed my goodreads challenge with ease already, am 20 books ahead, but it's more about the content than about reaching targets, and I love to learn and hear others express a part of themselves xx

  8. Beautiful post Anniek.Right from the heart.

  9. Can completely relate! Thanks for your wonderful post!