Hallo, Hallo Ms Ludowise!
I happily read your invite to this new part of Riffle, and I couldn't be happier! Mostly because one of the things I am striving to help encourage are bookish conversations and discussions. Not just on my blog but in other outlets where the bookish like to become socially engaged. One wicked sweet aspect I love of being a Riffler is having a 3-in-1 connection: my bookish blog, Riffle, and Twitter. I hand-selected where I wanted to become active on a regular basis, and these three in particular were a bang-on brilliant fit for me!
I'm Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story , a bookish library girl who by definition believes in being library-educated inasmuch as self-educated through books and the unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I love dancing through genres as much as I am a hybrid reader - in this vein, I read across mainstream and INSPY (inspirational) markets on a regular basis. I view the whole of literature being an endless sea of exploration and I do not differentiate between the two as they are two equal parts of a whole. Likewise, you will happily see my bookish blog exploring the realms of fiction and non-fiction across all platforms of publication: Major Trade, Indie Press & Pub, Self-Pub, and Hybrid Pub.
I am a champion of wordsmiths and the intricate worlds they build throughout the tangible narrative they fuse to their fictional worlds. I celebrate the joy of being wholly enthused and anchoured into a story I find 'unputdownable' as much as I want to enrich my mind with thought-provoking stories. I appreciate such a diversity in my reading selections it is hard to pin-point my preferences, which is why I oft refer people to my Story Vault.
Which individual book gave me my love affair for fiction!? Now, this is quite the question and I am unsure if I can answer it, as reading was a very arduous and hard road for me as I'm a dyslexic reader and writer. I fought to understand language both spoken and written, which is why my earliest memories of reading are equal to a heap of strife. I started to find my own rhythm with reading in elementary school, by the fourth grade to be honest, when my teacher went out of his way to inspire a disillusioned student who was losing the joy of learning. I can say the book which I never finished is most likely the very book which took me from a frustrated dyslexic to a lifelong appreciator of reading is none other than Robinson Crusoe!
As far as being passionately enthused with reading, I re-fall in love with reading each time I pick up a novel wherein the writer has me anchoured so wholly true inside their own narrative prose to where I cannot even notice the turning of time within my own environ. Hours will melt off the clock as I live the experience of the characters inside a story where I have found parts of my own spirit are etched inside the character's heart. This is why I love stories, they evoke such a powerful experience for the reader as if we have honestly lived the life we're devouring off the written page!