I love to read. Any day out of the year you could ask me what book I am reading and I would have a title to give you. I also have a slight obsession with collecting books. There is just something wonderful about reading an actual book - the way it feels in your hands and the satisfaction of folding down the top corner of the page to mark a favorite quote, and the smell. Call me crazy, but I love the smell of books - the older the better.
I didn't always love to read. My mom read to us every night as kids, but somewhere along the way, I fell out of love. I was a slow reader and easily distracted - I would sit there reading the same sentence over and over again, yet never paying enough attention to actually comprehend what was written - my mind would drift.
One day, everything changed. You may be familiar with the little book series, "Harry Potter"... The series was just getting popular when my mom suggested that I give the first book in the series a try. She insisted that it was a quick, fun read and I would really enjoy it. Me? Enjoy reading...? I don't think so. Even if I found it interesting, it would take me a good month to slog through it. Nonetheless, her infectious enthusiasm pique my interest. I gave it a try.
I finished the book in a day and a half and I never looked back. Just like that, my love of books came roaring back and I was once again smitten with literally curling up with a good book.
"The incredible, true stories of peoples lives is what I find so captivating."
I stuck with fictional books at first, because I thought that they were the most interesting. Then I stumbled upon "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing. This was way better than any story that could be fabricated, and even though many of their beloved dogs were "lost", I still enjoyed the story tremendously. I came to the realization that I love non-fiction the most. The incredible, true stories of peoples lives is what I find so captivating. It reminds me of how amazing people truly are and inspires me to reach outside my comfort zone to achieve greatness. To achieve my dreams.
What is your all-time favorite book? What book are you currently reading? I am currently reading "Purple Cow" by Seth Godin.
Happy reading! Cheers,