The Mortal Instruments Monday ~ Week 1
So each Monday, in preparation for City of Heavenly Fire, I'll write a blog post about whatever Blaze has set for that week that has to do with TMI.
This week's topic is:
"How did you come across Cassandra Clare's novels and how have they influenced you?"
I've always enjoyed reading. I went through phases from age 3-14 when I was reading off and on. I'd get into a groove and devour books. Other times I wouldn't read a book for pleasure for months... One day at the library (summer before 8th grade) I was browsing, looking at pretty covers. I asked a
librarian for any book recommendations, and she handed me City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. These books looked huge to my 7th-grade self! I checked them out and promptly deposited them on my nightstand. And there they stayed until they were due, and I had to return them. I think I never
picked the books up for those three weeks because the book looked dauntingly long, and the covers were not appealing. Summer before 9th grade I was browsing on iBooks. I saw that this City of Bones ebook was on sale for $.99. I thought I'd give it a try because I recognized the cover as the same rec the librarian gave me. I got the sample and was hooked immediately. I bought the book and read for hours. I pulled an all-nighter to read it. Then when I finished in the morning I forced my parents to take me to the library to pick up more of the books. I went crazy. I just sat there, reading the TMI books and pulling all-nighters (except that I usually crashed) until *boom* I was all caught up. It took me around three weeks to read the series. 2 Days on City of Bones, 1 Day on City of Ashes, 2 Days on City of Glass, *6 Day agonizing wait for next book to come in* 7 Days on City of Fallen Angels, and 2 Days on City of Lost Souls. After finishing those books I twiddled my thumbs thinking Well if that was so good, there must be other books just as amazing! And then I praised God when I saw that Cassie Clare had a Clockwork series which I quickly devoured. I started searching for more books to read on the internet. Then I found and read Divergent! In September of that year (2012) as I was looking for more books to read, I stumbled upon this glorious little website called Goodreads.
Cassandra Clare's novels have a special place in my heart because they rekindled my love of reading that is now unbreakable. I can't separate myself from reading again. No. Never. Ever. Ever.... Ever. Cassandra Clare's books made me learn never to judge a book by its cover and to try something new and out of your comfort zone. I learned tons of vocab words through her books. I fell in love with Victorian Era London. I laughed my butt off while reading her books. I cried my eyes out in Clockwork Princess. Cassie Clare showed me just how powerful words are and how moving great writing can be. If not for Cassie Clare, I wouldn't be a bibliophile.
What about you? How did you come across Cassandra Clare's novels and how have they influenced you?