Books I Grew up on: Kayla Hoffman

Books I Grew up on is a blog series featuring guest bloggers who discuss reading in their childhoods: the books they loved, the paths they found to developing a love for reading, and how reading helped them become who they are today! Today’s Books I Grew up on guest blogger is kimchi business owner and entrepreneur Kayla Hoffman. 


Where did you grow up? What was it like growing up there?

Morgan Hill, CA. It was fun. I lived thirty minutes away from the beach which was one of my favorite places. I was lucky to be able to do a lot of awesome activities with my family quite often such as camping, boating, snowboarding, going to the beach, going to Oakland A’s games, and hiking.


What role did books have in your childhood? 

Where the Red Fern Grows and Peppermints in the Parlor. Though the first sort of destroyed me as a child, I LOVED listening to my mom read to my sister and I. I remember when I started reading on my own I would hide a flash light in my bed and secretly read under my covers until I fell asleep. I caught on to reading really early so I was able to enjoy books my whole life. My mom was a huge part of getting me interested in books!


What was your favorite book as a child?

That is a tough one….As cliche as it is, I cannot imagine my life without having read the Harry Potter books. Those really were a huge part of my life and throughout different ages. I think there was something really inspiring about Harry, Ron, and Hermione. There were traits in each of them that I admired and their friendship was pure. I loved the magic and the storyline of overcoming evil.

What is your favorite children’s book now?

This book is mainly for babies but I LOVE King Baby. It is so funny and so simple. Everything in the book is true, even though it is outrageous. I laugh every time I read it.


What advice would you give to young readers?

Keep reading. Even when books are more boring, it is a skill and hobby that will make you smarter and happier. Movies are wonderful, but there is nothing like having an adventure of epic proportions within your own mind. It can really make you feel like anything is possible.



Kayla owns a kimchi business called Yummchi and sells products at farmers markets in Salt Lake County, Utah. Yummchi was started last year and Kayla and her team are currently working on adding new, exciting products to their product line. She says the business has been fun and opened many doors for her and her family. To learn more about Yummchi, check out the Yummchi website.