I am a reader.
I love to read.
I love books.
I love to talk about reading.
I love to talk about the books I read and ones I haven’t been but want to.
In the present moment I worry about the many young people who do not have a passion for reading because I have found that reading can enhance ones life. I want the young people of today to have fulfilled, happy lives and I wonder if that can happen if they do not embrace the reading experience.
There are many reasons I am passionate about books and reading. Here are a few learnings I’ve taken away from books:
The protagonist, Peekay, was an amazing character who was dealt a lot of bad cards, yet he remained a person of grit and integrity. He didn’t let others have control over the good person he was.
An incredibly detailed story about a culture so far removed from my own that it kept me spellbound. AND, author Arthur Golden, whom I heard speak at a conference once, explained that his first draft of the book took 17 years to write, was 750 pages , and he tore it up and started over. THAT, my friends, is dedication to be admired.
This was one of my all time favorite books as a young girl. I was enthralled by the adventures that happened to the brother and sister when they were left home alone, and it used to spark my imagination and seemed to give me permission to imagine the wildest and craziest of adventures for myself.
This book – besides having amazing characters, delightful wittiness, and a most interesting writing style – reminds me of one of the times my boys and I connected over good books. I can still hear my youngest laughing out loud to himself as he read it, and me yelling up, “What part was that?”
I am reminded of my childhood and time spent imagining with friends. It also reminds us that we can learn from children how to have grace when faced with diversity.
Reading this book helped me understand the value of having a voice – even if it was only internally. Sometimes that voice in our head is the most important one we can hear.
Tolle reminds us that we create our own lives, and that the life we want IS possible. A friend, as he handed this book to me, said, “This book changed my life!”
These three books took me places I hope I will never go. However, the fact that some people have been on these tragic journeys is important for me to know. In order to better understand the world around me, and the people in it, I need to know where time has taken them. I need to know their stories. Through books I can.