Oh man, so many WoT memories. I even had dreams about them sometimes, which were pretty damn cool, running around in dresses and One Powering it up.
I saw a school friend reading the first book in Science class towards the end of our 8th grade year, read the glossary in the back, and was blown away. (Jordan was to me what Tolkien is to most people. I hadn't read LotR then (I still haven't really, except for the Fellowship, though I plan to) and so the WoT was my introduction to massive world-building and hella complex plots and stuff.) I borrowed it, got hooked, and bought and read the rest of the books that were out at the time (2-6) over summer vacation.
Then I had to wait for all the rest. I'd skim or re-read them every so often, especially my favorites, and even got the guide book thing for Christmas one year. Then when the 10th book finally came out I decided to read the first 9 again to get back into the swing of things, so I did. Then time went on and I was given the 11th book as I gift last year, but...I haven't read it yet.
I'm just not in the right space for it right now I guess. (It's messed up, yet understandable, that both times I read the whole series back to back happened to be in the wake of a devastating death in my family (and other bad stuff.) Which isn't to say I need someone to die to read them, just that all-encompassing fantasy worlds to escape into seem extra appealing then.) So much is going on in them that you kind of have go back over them one way or another, at least a little, to remember everything that's going on.
Add that to the fact that ever since shortly after I got sick, and especially
after I got my laptop, my attention span is a lot shorter because I'm aware of all the other
awesome things I could be doing or looking up or whatever, and it's probably gonna be a while. But I'll get back into it one day. All I know is Mr. Jordan better not die before he finishes the last book.
It's interesting to see what books people like the best. My favorites are books 3, 6, and 7. I also have a soft-spot for the 1st one.