I was never a big reader. I read for book reports in elementary school, for summer reading tests in high school, and for research papers in college, but that was really it. While reading Shakespeare, Socrates, and Machiavelli I never had the desire to pick up a book in my free time. In part, this had to do with my majors in college, Communications and Political Science. All I ever did was read and read and read and then write a very long paper about what I had read. So reading for “fun” was not something I did.
However, starting in my junior year of college I decided I wanted to make reading a regular part of my life. I love learning, exploring new ideas, and getting lost in a story, so I started reading for “fun”. For a while I would start a book and finish it months later (I’m talking about 150 page book), sad, but hey, at least I was reading! Over that summer, without assigned reading, I knocked out a few good books in a much quicker fashion.
Senior year of college is really when I developed a love for reading. To be totally honest it came from my classes...I know, dorky. I found I actually enjoyed reading about philosophy, history, and classic literature...again, I know, dorky. Of course I didn’t always know what the author was saying, but I loved be able have his ideas fleshed out in class the next day. I began to read in a new way. Always annotating, marking questions, and noting this of importance to me. Simply, I began to dive deeper into books. As much as I have come to appreciate academic literature, I’m not cracking open Socrates everyday.
Since graduating college, reading has become an integral part of my life. I have discovered new books, reread old ones, and carry one with me pretty much everywhere. I’m still annotating, underlining, and circling all over pages. Despite being from the technology loving generation, I choose paperback books over tablets and probably always will. I’ve discovered that there is nothing better than shutting out the world while feeling the weight of a novel in your hands.
Check out my recent reads below!
I highly recommend Sick in the Head, The Opposite of Loneliness, and A Chance in the World.
Stay Swell ~