Rain. Today it’s rainy. Rainy weather makes me want to curl up in a comfy chair and read a book. With that in mind, I decided to grab a book and head to the Honors College and sit in one of the plush, over-sized chairs and read all day long with a view of the grumpy grey spring sky and water droplets cannonball-ing onto fresh green grass on campus thanks to the huge glass wall in the library. All I needed was a book. So, I scoured my dorm room for a book. Any book, I didn’t care (as long as it wasn’t a textbook). Just a good book to read on a rainy April day. What did I find? I don’t have one book in my dorm. At least, not one that isn’t a textbook.
I’ve been an avid reader for most of my life.
As a kid, I would read almost any book that I could get my hands on, especially anything to do with mystery or fantasy. I was always the one who finished my assignment really fast in class so I could get back to my book and also the one who got in trouble for reading at the dinner table. Although you may not have been as obsessive as me, you may agree that reading for pleasures is great. Recently (or since college started), the only things I have read are my textbooks, blog posts, and news articles. Writing that is almost scary – I sound like a boring grown-up! It’s true. When life starts moving more quickly, we tend to forget the simple things in life such as reading just to read. While you may say that you could be doing more productive things than reading for fun, think of all the benefits that reading gives you. For starters, reading about different times and places expands your worldview. Being well-read can be useful in many situations from writing a paper to impressive small talk. Reading regularly can also have a positive impact on younger children around you. In the world of apps and iPhones, not many kids read for fun anymore. Be the person who makes reading cool for a kid. Reading also just makes you a more imaginative person. You really just think outside-the-box, you know?
So in summary, reading is good. Do it more often. Personally, I’m worried about the world turning into a dark place where children (and adults) no longer obsess over Harry Potter.
Also, I’m making it a point to start and finish a book list this summer. So the question is: What are some books that you enjoy? Give me some good books to read! All suggestions welcome! (Click “Leave a comment”)