22. Dec, 2017

Reflecting on Jazzy's Bookshelf

This is a time of change for me. I'm entering high school, which in my eyes is pretty massive. I built this website two-and-a-half years ago when I first became an Ambassador for the MS Readathon, so I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on my good times at Jazzy's Bookshelf. It has been such a great journey…

My very first blog was called, Adaption Agony and was about whether to read the book before the movie adaption, or watch the movie first. I recommended to start with the book and still stand by this.

My original review was of A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett. Looking back, it seems so short. Over time, my reviews have grown to be longer and longer, as I have begun to observe the smaller, more obscure details inside novels. However, I still agree with my past judgement that this story deserves five bookbolts for that particular age.

I have never had trouble finding content for my blog as the books keep getting better. My Vile Villain series was lots of fun. Possibly my favourite and most useful blog post was Jazzy's In-Between Reads. It is about some of my books that are not novels, but are super distracting and stare at me whenever I'm contemplating finishing a long series. These are the books that introduced me to new interests like Greek mythology.

Since I began this website, I have met so many amazing authors. I was lucky to meet Deborah Abela, Allison Tait and Tristan Bancks, but I am still yet to meet J.K. Rowling and Derek Landy! These authors inspired me to have a go at writing my own “Choose Your Own Adventure” series which I called When Things Got Weird.  What I liked about this was how other kids could be involved and I am considering beginning another one. What do you think?

To this day I possess the same interests. I continue to play netball, study piano and of course, love books. As I grow older and more homework is being piled on me, I still find time to sneak in a read wherever I can, such as in the car on the way to school and when the cicadas wake me up early. Along the way my tastes have broadened. For a long time, I stuck to fantasy/adventure stories, but through my relationship with Megan at Children's Books Daily and Walkers Books Australia, I have been exposed to books of other genres and discovered I like them, too. I also hold a newfound interest in science because of Dr Karl.

You would think that with my obsession for series like Skulduggery Pleasant that I wouldn't be into fairy tales. But one of my favourite books happens to be about just that! This is because the original stories are quite gruesome - did you know that Cinderella's step-sisters ended up having their eyes pecked out by birds? It's called Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales from Barnes & Noble and it is my surprise pick for 2017.

Thank you to the MS Readathon, Children's Books Daily, Walker Books Australia and my followers for supporting me and my addiction to a good story. Happy Christmas and merry new year.