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My name is Olivia, I am 17 years old, and I am – and always have been – an avid reader. I remember being read to as a child. I remember the excited, bubbling feeling in my stomach when the book was pulled off the shelf and opened. The feeling of the paper, the smell between the pages, was intoxicating. I was in love. Thus it was the beginning of an era, containing many, many books, and myself hidden amongst them all.
Currently, I am studying for my A Levels at Sixth Form, which is why my posts aren’t as frequent as they used to be – sorry! I much prefer the world outside the school walls, and journeying deep into the depths of my imagination. Reading has always been an escape for me, as cliché as it sounds, and I very much enjoy sharing my reading adventures with other people. Like you reading this!
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LibroLiv started as BiblioMad, a hastily created blog on a wet summers day. I was so eager to get started, I rushed into everything, and ended up with a name I hated 4 months later! This was the birth of LibroLiv, and I have never looked back
The manifesto of LibroLiv is to spread the joy of reading. Whether that’s encouraging someone to read a book I enjoyed or encouraging someone to read a book for the first time, my main message is that books still exist in this modernised, ever-changing society we live in, and we should make the absolute most of them.
Despite how fast paced this world is, sometimes it’s nice to sit down with a book – whether it be digital or physical – and that’s OK.
In fact, that’s awesome.
Thus, welcome. Welcome to my utopia for all things books. And thank you very much for reading.
Little, fair-haired Olivia flicked through the pages of Narnia, wishing ever-so deeply that she could escape through the back of her wardrobe, just like Lucy did.
But, she couldn’t do that.
Narnia is a fantasy novel, after all, and though it exists in a truthful era, the essence of fantastical concepts is entirely fictitious, much to little Olivia’s dismay. However, instead of climbing through a wardrobe, little Olivia immersed herself in books, wriggling through the flimsy pages, laying herself snuggly between the sentences, and winding the words around her adolescent bones.
This metaphor I use in the most truthful manner possible. Fiction isn’t in my blood, nor is it in my bones, but wrapped tightly around them thanks to little Olivia many moons ago. I wasn’t born to be a writer; I fell in love with fiction so deeply, that it seems as though writing is a natural becoming of that. And I couldn’t be more thankful.
Reading is an escape mechanism for many, and – in the earlier moments of my childhood – that value included me. However, despite my love developing from loneliness, literature makes me feel anything but. Firstly, the characters I witness feel like old friends. Secondly, the characters I write about feel like little parts of myself sprinkled all over the page. Thirdly, the doors both my reading and writing have opened are the doors to every little thing I have ever wanted, and ever could want.
Thus, I eventually discovered the blogosphere, wherein people from all 4 corners of the world, and an unfathomable number of backgrounds come together to talk about what they love. I discovered a way to combine the two loves of my life – reading, and writing.
Although LibroLiv could also be perceived as an escape mechanism, I argue only with this: I write not to hide, not to escape from my life, and not to gain praise, but to throw myself into the spotlight and express what I have to say. Whether that’s personal opinions, works of fiction, or brief messages from my whirlwind of a mind, I write not to disappear but to exist in my simplest form; the writer.
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