Apr 24, 2015

Read What You Love and You Will Love to Read


I come from a family of avid readers and am happy that books are in my 'genes'. I would have missed so much without my precious stories and interesting sources of information. Ever since I was a little girl I've been in love with good stories. I used to read as many fairytales as I could and later I had a gruesome thriller phase. Then came the classics and after that I read one series after another and now I often find myself reading something romantic. Even though my tastes seem to have changed my love for a good book has always been the same. 
I'm writing this post as today I've discovered that I've probably read 100 books already in the first four months of this year. That isn't a bad start at all and I'm hoping I'll be able to continue at this pace the rest of the year as well. I'm reading so much that I'm having trouble keeping up with my reviews, but I can't seem to slow down. I don't want to slow down, I want to read as many pages as I can every single day. I'm thoroughly enjoying myself, so I don't think it's a big burden that I push myself to read almost a book a day. 
Reading makes me happy and it's also why I blog about books. I can't picture a life without stories. I'm grateful that there are so many authors who are working so hard to bring other people joy. I see reading as a cultural activity. I love it when I can dream away because of a good story. It's great to enter another world and the mind of someone else. It will never cease to amaze me how many different stories there are to choose from. When I look at my kindle or my bookshelves I'm grateful that I have almost unlimited options.
I think it's important never to forget the joy reading can bring, it's the most valuable lesson that I've been taught. I don't read something because other people read it, I choose a story because I think I'm going to enjoy it and it will make me happy. I don't feel ashamed because of anything I read and I don't feel any pressure to read exactly what someone else is reading. There's enough choice, so I can make up my own mind. It's what warms my heart and what keeps me happy. I'm always hoping that people will pass on the joy of reading. Readers who are having fun will keep reading. In my opinion everyone should be taught how important that is and I've been lucky to have met a teacher who kept making that point. 
Even the most dedicated readers can be discouraged if they are forced to read things they don't like at all on a regular basis. I've lost my reading mojo during my high school years. I didn't like the books we had to read, they were boring and the topics uninteresting. Fortunately I got it back a few years later and I've never read as much as I do now. My hunger to read hundreds of books started ever since my teacher's brilliant lecture. I want to keep spreading these wise words: read what you love and you will love to read.

6 comments:

  1. I totally agree. My eldest is a book worm, but he too lost his love of books by school forcing him to read what he didn't want to. Fortunately it returned. I fight harder for my youngest, as he doesn't like reading, so if he shows any sign of wanting to read, I let him read whatever he wants and I have told school this too. Reading should be for fun. Study stuff in school, by all means, but your own private reading time should be your own. Rant over. ;-)

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  2. so true! i also got desinterested ( to put mildly)from reading because of teh books i had to read for school those were so sad, so dark not what i needed or wanted at all....thankfully i found author that broung back my love to read and now while i do try new author/ series from time to time i do read what i want first and foremost and i read because i love it not because i have too
    it must stay an activity that brings pleasure not a chore

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  3. That's amazing that you've read that many books so far this year. I've read none. :( I have comprehension and focus issues with reading. ADHD sucks because there is so much I want to do!

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  4. Wow you have read loads. I only read what I like but know it's not the same for children.

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  5. I've read 120 books so far this year and am half way though 4 (yes, really!). My family are book worms too, I swear we're the libraries best customers and the telly doesn't go on very often because we are to caught up in our books. Being forced to read books I didn't want to in school had the opposite effect on me though - it just made me even more determined to read what I did like to make up for it!

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  6. You've read a lot! I haven't read as much as you but I love my reading :)

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