I. Love. Books. I love reading them, I love looking at them, and I love opening them for the first time. Books. They are a beautiful thing. Many people nowadays seem to think that they just don’t have the time to read, or they say that they “don’t read.” What they really mean is that they don’t make the time to open a book and maybe peruse a few pages each day. Because it seems like so many people can find time in their busy schedules to watch the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory or Quantico, but they just don’t have the time to read a book. This is an unfortunate state of being.
What I love most about books is that there is something for everyone. Whether you love romance or action or mystery or biography etc., there is a genre and there is a book for you. The moment I open a book my mind is instantly more engaged than it was a second before. I have something to focus on and something to enlighten me to a whole new world. Books make you smarter because they open your imagination and expand your knowledge of the world (even if it’s fictional). I learn new words each time I open a book because there are just too many for me to ever learn. That’s the great thing: each new book is a new experience waiting to happen.
When I was younger, I had an obsession with biographies. You know, the kinds that are made for kids that come in a small paperback. From these, I learned so much about some of the greatest people this country has had and about some of the world’s most fascinating humans. To name a few of the people I read about: Helen Keller (she was an especial favorite of mine), Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, etc. I especially liked the fictional journals of historical princesses like Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie Antoinette, and Cleopatra. Even as a child, I had a voracious appetite for words and stories.
This childhood hobby has now progressed into a passion for books. I am an English major in college because of all the books I’ve read and the impact they have had on me. Reading has shaped my life. Whether it is fictional novels or historical books, I’ll read anything I can get my hands on. At the moment, I’m reading The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and enjoying it very much. Next up, I think I’m going to read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. While there are occasions where I do not enjoy the book I’ve picked up, these only highlight my delight when I find ones that I truly love.
At this point in my life, I find myself reading novels that are beautifully written because I feel like I can appreciate the writing now more than when I was younger. I also like to read books that are just fun and entertaining because I do feel the stress of college life. Between class and homework and papers, I barely have time to read, so when I do I want it to take me away. That is the beauty of reading: it can transport you to a whole new world, a whole new time. Books are so magical. Take the time to read and take the time to love it because you won’t regret one minute of it.
I’ll leave you with some of my favorite books in case this post has inspired you to pick one up!
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Chinese Cinderella (autobiography) by Adeline Yen Mah
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- (this is more of a short story but it’s amazing so I had to include it)
Ciao for now!