I have always loved reading. Well, there was a time in my childhood where I thought reading wasn’t so great. However, I grew to love it after discovering some pretty awesome books that took me to Egypt, back to the time of dinosaurs, and even to the magical kingdom of Camelot. I was probably around six or seven when I read these books. You didn’t have to strictly use your imagination. At some points in the story there were pictures to help guide you through the landscape, or through what certain people, objects, or animals looked like. The books were fun reads.
I grew to love reading and the more I read, the more adventures I got to go on. I have a small library of books at home because of the books I read in middle and high school that still have a fond place in my heart. I can pick up one of them and remember little moments about when I was reading them.
I’m now finishing my years at Towson University as an English major. As an English major, I experience all kinds of feedback when I tell people I love to read. I get people who are also excited in books, but, for the most part, a lot of my friends, coworkers, and family members don’t read. My boyfriend doesn’t really read either.
I think part of the reason is because of the rise of video games, social media, and too much forced reading in schools. I’ve asked people why they don’t read, and the majority said it was because of the books they had to read in high school. When I hear this, a part of me dies, and I do offer suggestions. However, that doesn’t really fix the problem.
My goal in life is to introduce people to books that are fun, but also comment on society, religion, politics, or other areas relevant to today. I know a few of my coworkers would love to start a book club with me, and I’m trying to get my mother on board for a Christian book club, similar to the Bible Study group she’s in now. I want people to see that reading doesn’t have to be a chore. I want people to have fun, but also leave having learned a little bit more.
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The image above is "Flight" by Gillian Collins.