Reading - Stephen King Quote

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When I was in school, I didn't enjoy reading one bit. I didn't see the point of reading for the sake of reading, for pure pleasure, or for learning something new. I was too overwhelmed by textbooks and homework and this thing called adulting.

As I got older and hopefully a tad wiser, I started reading books on leadership, investing, and self development, skills that I sorely lacked. I got into books on sports figures, biographies of athletes that I admired. And although I hardly read fiction, I became a fan of Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts.

More so, I wondered how one person can create such a huge empire and capture the attention of an entire generation by simply using her imagination to come up with the story of a young wizard.

These days, I incorporate reading into my daily life. I find it to be an inexpensive tool for learning about anything and everything. I enjoy walking around Barnes & Noble, picking up random books that catch my eye.

I judge books by their covers. I seek to learn perspectives that are different from mine, to hear stories of triumph and disappointment, of joy and tragedy.

The more I read, the more I appreciate the world around me.

While trying to figure out how to write this paragraph, I searched online for inspirational quotes on reading. The one that consistently came up on my Google search was this:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. MartinA Dance with Dragons

Truth be told, I have never heard of Jojen Reed nor A Dance with Dragons. But at least I know who George R.R. Martin is!

In a 2018 survey, writer and travel blogger Gigi Griffis discovered that the fantasy was the most popular genre among 355 of her avid readers.

Perhaps I need to give this whole fantasy novels thing a shot!

Whether you read books to learn something new, because your teacher told you to, or simply for the pure unadulterated enjoyment of it all, the end result is that your world inevitably expands, little by little. 

You've opened up your mind to travel through time and space, to places that were once unimaginable. From the feel good story of Eat, Pray, Love to the endless (and pointless) suffering of The Pianist, you gain the understanding that life is full of things you can never truly understand.

As for me, reading serves another purpose. The more I learn to read, the more I will learn to write, to be able to express my thoughts and feelings better on paper. This is what Stephen King said, and who am I to question him when it comes to these sorts of things?


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As I read, I will share my virtual bookshelf with you. I will welcome you into my library. And I ask you to please do the same. If you have any book suggestions for me, I welcome them with open arms.

After all, sharing is caring, caring is love, and we could all use a little more love.

Since I've never made a public reading list before, populating this page will take a little while.

In the meantime, you should check out Derek Sivers' reading list and book reviews. It's as legit as it gets.

Books I've Read

Permission to Leap - by Bri Seeley

"Leaps involve fear. Period."

I enjoyed reading Bri's journey as she lays out all of her struggles en route to finding her life's mission, including the heartbreak of having to shutter a fashion business that she had dreamt about since childhood. She shows the world that although life is full of ups and downs, it's what you do in the face of challenging times that defines you as a person. She now uses her experience to coach and inspire other women to take the leap of their lives.

Go to the Amazon page for details and reviews.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic - by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy.”

As much as I enjoyed the romance of Eat, Pray, Love, Big Magic really captured my imagination of what is actually possible. Liz Gilbert made me believe in myself, and more importantly, give myself permission to be a creative person. I now dream of the day when Liz writes the foreward to my own book, one that I only started writing because of Big Magic. And if that ever did actually happen, it would be the most magical moment of all.

Go to the Amazon page for details and reviews.