Reading is an activity that can mean different things to different people. For me, reading is an opportunity to leave my world behind and go to another. For me its more important to say I’m reading than to say what I’m reading about. Every story had value whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, a novel, short story, comic book or poem. I am more interested in topics than format. All genres offer a chance at something.
The intrinsic value I put on books is why I can’t alter books in any way. I can’t fold the corner of a page, I have to use something flat as a bookmark. I’ve bought a second copy of a book because of damage to the first.
The value I hold on books makes it difficult for me to get rid of them. My books are my trophies displaying my accomplishments, knowledge and travels. With time this created the challenge of finding places for all of them. The end of space in my house is what forced me to face the fact that although I am proud of every book I have read I can only show off my favorite ones. I started selling, trading and donating some of my books with the mentality that I was helping encourage other people to read.
My personality as an adult has been shaped by my reading. My creativity and emotional evolution would have been drastically different had I not read when I was younger. Studies have shown regular reading also increases your vocabulary and exposes readers to new ideas expanding their mind. I think everyone should occasionally read a book with views contrary to their own because it challenges your perception and reasoning skills.
Growing up my mom was my reading mentor. When I was a little girl my mom was a preschool teacher and going to school to become an elementary school teacher, while raising 3 girls. Even with all this she always had time to read with me. I remember my mom always finding time to read and listening to her talk about how much fun she had had at her book club every month.
I realized, young, that i wanted the same fun my mom had. My mom (and my dad to a lesser extent) encouraged me in every way they could think of. Without my mom my love for reading would be lower if not non-existent.
As I have matured my taste in books has expanded. College was the biggest influence in my changing taste in books. College had showed me just how small my hometown was. So, my college years provided my with two educations.
My biggest challenge as a bookworm is finding the time to read all the books I’m interested in. At any given time approximately 1/3 of my books are ones I’ve bought but haven’t read yet. Trying to pick a book when you know you want to read all the choices is hard. Over the years I have used I variety of ways to choose my next book, the only option I wont use is buying fewer books.
I will never stop reading. As long as I am breathing I will be a bookworm. If a time comes I when I can’t see print anymore I will move to audiobooks, not stop. For this bookworm reading is a way of life and death is the only reason to stop.