So, I have a story to tell. (Yeah, no kidding. It's very obvious Ave. Moving on)
I'm sure I've told this story before, but I'll rehash it anyway because that's what keeps it in my head. (This is a LONG and WORDY story)
A bit of a backstory:
As a child, I hated reading. I would prefer to eat Ramon and watch Spongebob then go take a nap after I finished my show. Never ever did I have the desire to do my homework and learn how to read. I thought that it was pointless and a waste of time so I never did it. My mom tried reading to me and I was okay with that, but I hated reading to myself. But my teachers told me reading was great and it was an important thing to learn so I eventually started picking up books about animals. They were short with a good amount of pictures (I loved pictures and drawing growing up, wasn't much of a visualizer) and they satisfied my nightly reading, but my teachers started to tell me I had to challenge myself and read more words and look at less pictures. My teachers had me do a book report once and I can't recall if I actually read the book. They also read books to the class like The Magic Tree house and the Chocolate touch and I enjoyed listening to the teacher read and I started making up pictures in my head.
As I grew older I started to read chapter books like Goosebumps and Puppy Place, but it was taking me weeks to finish those books and they were very short so I stopped reading them and stopped checking out books from the library and didn't read anything for a good while. Then fourth grade came around and the Scholastic book-fair of 2013 came to my school and they had us watch the basic video showing all the books that our grade and age group would be interested and within that list was Spirit Animals. I looked at it and thought it had a nice cover. I liked that it had more than one character and and there were animals and a pretty background, but I was still skeptical because I'd never seen it and I thought that it'd be one of those books that had a nice cover but not necessarily interest me as much as I wanted it to. So I didn't check it out but later the books appeared in the library. (I couldn't read them because they were for the B.O.B team and I wasn't on the B.O.B team.)
So a grade passed and then they were open to the rest of the school to read. One day I decided to wander around the library and found the Spirit Animals series. All the books (up to book 5) were there and the covers were still as intriguing. I remember trying to place the names with the characters and the characters with the animals (I got Abeke and Meilin right, but I mixed up Conor and Rollan) I read the blurb on the back and thought "okay, this I might actually like," and I took it back to class and started reading. I was hooked from the first sentence and didn't want to stop reading! I took it home and finished it and before I knew it I finished all the books up to book 5 and was anxiously awaiting book 6. While I waited I re-checked out the books from the library and read them again and again and bought the series on my kindle.
Later for my birthday I went to the bookstore and bought the books in hard-copy as well. My mom was puzzled (she's not much of a reader) but I told her there's something so nice about picking up a physical copy of a book and smelling the pages. She still doesn't understand, but my sister does.
And as for the game I gave it a shot when my sister came to me (while I was playing Wizard101) and told me there was this game she wanted me to play and I thought it was cool. I didn't know much about the world or the story. It looked cool and seemed nice, but I didn't play for a long period of time afterwards. I tried it out before I started reading the books, while it was still in Beta and it's crazy to think how things have changed since then.