Growing up, I wasn’t really one who enjoyed picking up a book to read. I’d rather go keep myself busy with something else or go take a nap instead of reading a book, no matter what book it is. I remember how I always thought that people who prefer reading a book rather than seeing a movie about the book were weird, well that was until I started reading.
I think it was sometime around 2017-2018 when I stumbled upon this site for writers, Nairaland. It was a site that had it all, from romance stories to horror down to even news updates. The site was literally a safe space for writers and they all went crazy there. I feel like a lot of movie directors probably got a few writers from the site because a lot of them had mad skills with even more crazy story imaginations.
After exploring the website and read a lot of stories, I even started a story of my own. I’ve forgotten what the title was but I guess that isn’t relevant seeing how I never completed the story.
Anyways, one particular writer on the site stuck out for me and I made sure to follow every of his works there and that was when one day he pasted a link to his whatsapp group and asked anyone interested to be friends with him to join, an offer I quickly accepted.
Prior to the time I joined the group, I was only reading Nigerian stories and novels but then when I joined the group, some of the members started to talk about their favorite writers and that was when I was introduced to great men like Dan Brown and John Grisham and that was when I realized the whole world of literature that I’ve been missing out on.
I began to read, making sure to download as much of their works as possible. I remember one story that made me stay indoors for hours until I was done with it was the Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The novel is a detective mystery story that I think now has a movie of its own.
Well among all of those writers, I think for now my favorite still remains Dan Brown because of his Robert Langdon series. I so much love that series that I even went ahead to see the movie and that was when I understood why people prefer reading the book than seeing the movie because the books always has more details compared to the movies and that was exactly what happened, so yeah, I guess I’m now part of the weird people.
Reading is good and it’s one thing I will never stop doing. Hopefully, I will get to write a book someday and probably finish it.