Behind the Books: An Introduction

Hi! I'm Ayla, creator of Books & Babbles. I write abut books and review Young Adult literature!

Since Books & Babbles is still new, you probably don’t know anything about me. And that should really change! I want my blog to be more than just books and book babble, but personal as well. No, I’m not going to tell you my deepest, darkest secrets (sorry!) But I want to show more of myself than just the books I read. Behind the Books will be a monthly thing, but I want to start with an introduction of myself.

Well, I’m Ayla. I’m a nineteen-year old bookworm from the Netherlands. I study Editorial Assistent in college and I hope to be a freelance journalist in the future! I have an about page, but it honestly doesn’t say a lot about me. Because I’m more than just what’s on that page. Hopefully you’ll get to know more about me through the blog posts that I write, but I wanted to share my reading story with you!

My “bookworm story” started in primary school, I guess. I don’t remember much about reading during my childhood. I didn’t read as much as I do now, but I had quite a big shelf of children’s books. The first books I can remember are Barbie books. It was some sort of subscription and I got a new book probably every month. I loved reading them. They were mostly picture books, but I still read! Same goes for the massive pile of Disney books we have always had and loved them.

I think the first Young Adult book I read was New Moon (Twilight), in Dutch. This might sound weird, since it’s part two of the Twilight Saga, but I saw the Twilight movie and couldn’t wait for New Moon, so I went and got the book. I didn’t care much for reading or reading order back then, so Twilight was actually the last Twilight book I read, instead of the first, hehe!

It wasn’t long until I switched to reading English. During my first year in high school, I learned to read in English the way I learned to read in Dutch (sort of) and my school’s library has a selection of small English books. I didn’t realise they were actually too easy for me. Near the end of the first year, I wanted to read The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, but there was no Dutch translation. My English wasn’t bad at all, but I wasn’t sure if I could read a book like that. In the end I ordered the book and I read it in my school break in about three days!

During the second year of high school, we had to write book reports again. Only this time the level of books we had to read were more difficult. Again, they weren’t difficult for me at all and they bored me to death! I didn’t enjoy reading them at all. Meanwhile I was reading The Vampire Diaries in my free time. I asked my English teacher if I could use them for my book reports and she said yes! I’ve been reading English ever since. I think I purchased only two or three Dutch books since then.

In the beginning I only read books that were turned into movies (The Hunger Games, Divergent, Beautiful Creatures – I still read Twilight in Dutch). But then I found Goodreads and of course, more books. Basically, this whole world of books opened for me! Add the discovery of book bloggers, Booktube and Bookstagram and there you have a new inhabitant of Bookworm Town, hehe…

To be honest, over the last few years I have read quite a lot. But it was only last year that the amount of books I owned actually grew a lot. I didn’t go to the library often, these days I actually never go there anymore. It probably has to do a lot with the fact that since I go to college in Rotterdam, I have found the most amazing bookshop with lots of English books. but also because I have bit more book money than I used to have.

I’m still a newbie in the book world. My bookshelf “only” counts 62 books, but I’m happy and proud and I cannot wait to add more to that collection!

If you have any questions about me or the blog, leave them in the comments and I’ll gladly answer them!