Notice for Review Requests

I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

If I do take on a request, I will forewarn that it may take some time before I can review it. I am now looking to review adult fiction and self-help books instead of young adult fiction because I have grown out of it. If you are to request a review for either adult fiction or self-help, I will more likely to give it a shot.

In the meantime, Stop, Drop, and Read! serves as an archive book review blog. When I have the time, I may post a review. Thank you for understanding.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Q4U: What were your reading phases?

Q4U (Question 4 U) is a feature on Stop, Drop, and Read! that likes to pop up on a random day. A question is asked for you to answer, where it could range from getting feedbacks for the blog to a start of a fun topic!

I remember my very first school book fair in first grade. I was absolutely awed by the amount of assorted books they had out on display and I couldn't choose what I wanted. I forgot how many books my mom purchased for me that day, but I remember that I got one picture book that were about colourful butterflies. That was my first real book purchase.

I didn't actively start reading until third grade however. One day, I decided to go to the library. My goal was to finish a chapter book each day (I sped read through Artemis Fowl and all I remembered that there was something about fairies and a thief...). From then on, I was hooked onto reading in general.

Fast-forward to grade six, anime was starting to get popular. My friend was obsessed with Inuyasha and introduced the series to me. Once I got into it, I started browsing for the manga version of it. Next thing I knew, I was COMPLETELY obsessed with manga and anime. I completely ditched reading novels altogether and heavily focused on reading mangas. I collected quite a bit from then and through high school with about 200 mangas in my collection at the moment (I did ended up selling about 12 of them when university started).

While in my manga phase, I wanted to get back into reading regular novels during the start of high school. That was when I started to look into YA novels. I did not dive into the world on YA completely just yet. I wanted more books, but I liked the idea of winning one. This was when I went online in search of an online YA book giveaway (I won my first book from In Bed with Books! Hi Liviania!). After discovering the existence of book blogs, I decided to take a shot at it too. I thought it would be a great way for me to keep track of the books I have read thus far (and this was before I discovered the existence of ARCs). Therefore, the next few years I dedicated my reading and reviewing YA novels along with mangas (for older bloggers, you may remember my most active years from 2008-2010).

After I entered university, my readings became less and less frequent. Now that I am in my second year, I have no time to read at all. Especially since I have joined a student organization that I am dedicating a lot of time to. All I read now are the latest releases of a manga that has not yet been licensed called Cage of Eden (Eden no Ori), which is once a week.

I have no idea if this will change anytime soon, highly likely not (until summer break that is). So...

What were your reading phases?

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