Hello my lovelies :) This post marks the relaunch of my blog! I fell off the face of the earth last semester because college kept me busy. On the bright side, my classes helped me come back to you with a fresh perspective! One of my classes actually inspired me to write about this topic. The man who does not read...
ais the beginning of a quote by Mark Twain. "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." This quote really stuck with me, especially since watching GOT (who is excited for the final season in April??). In the show, not everyone could read and the idea left me dumbfounded. Growing up, I hated reading with a passion. I even went as far as lying to my 3rd grade teacher about how much I was reading during a reading competition (which led me to get grounded... not my proudest moment). When I picked up The Hunger Games, I was instantly obsessed. I thought it was the only series I would ever like. I loved it so much that I watched all the bonus features, wore t-shirts of it, had at least 10 posters in my room, and I made a 8x version of it out of cardboard boxes as a math project (you might be able to find a picture of this on facebook lol). My partner thought I was crazy, to say the least. Anyway, I was wrong to think I would never like another book. The next year, a girl that rode my bus was reading The Mortal Instruments series. She kept screaming when certain things happened in the plot, so I got curious. I asked her why she was so fascinated, and she leant me the first book so I could see for myself. And I did...
I became entranced with it and later all books fantasy and sci-fi. I guess I like escaping into a crazy world where there is always action and adventure. I attribute this to my adrenaline-junkie trait. But, sometimes I'm in class and we go around in a circle sharing the latest books we have read, and I am ashamed. Everyone else has read some meaningful non-fiction book or classic novel filled with symbolism, and I have only just started reading the latest Fantasy novel. I sometimes feel like the books I read aren't intelligent enough compared to my classmates, but because of this quote I realized: all that really matters is that I am reading.
It doesn't matter what you read as long as you enjoy reading it. People say reading isn't for everyone, but I say reading nonfiction or sci-fi or romance or whatever genre isn't for everyone. After all, I'm sure all our Netflix histories vary, too. It is easier to get into a show than to start a book because it takes less patience for the plot to kick off, but it is so rewarding to read a good book. You generally feel proud of yourself for devoting hours to it, and in the meantime you got to challenge your imagination to picture what the book is describing rather than see it on a screen. Each person is interested in different things. People just need to devote the time to finding which book peaks their interest. Then, like me, they will be hooked. I encourage all of you to pick up different books and see what interests you.
Much love from hails ;)