When I think about what has shaped me throughout my lifetime, and what is my #1 go-to when I’m feeling down, it’s definitely books. So when thinking about things that helped me through 2017, I want to take a time to shout-out reading.
As soon as I could read, books were all I thought about. One of my favorite stories to tell in my classes is a contest we had when I was in second grade. For every 20 books we read we would get pushed down the hallway in the principal’s chair. And whoever read the most books would get a prize at the end of the year.
Every week I went down that hallway. Every. Damn. Week. And it was exhilarating. I blew the competition out of the water. There was no contest. I was the clear winner from day 1. I remember one of my classmates trying to keep up but that didn’t last long. I was barely 7 years-old but that always sticks out at one of my fondest memories.
Every time we had a book fair or a guest author my parents continued to help foster my love of reading by buying me books and getting autographed copies. I still have most of them, and very rarely if ever have I sold a book to a used bookstore. Even the really awful books that I have to slog through over the course of a couple of months I’ve kept because one day I want to have my own floor to ceiling library in my home. With a small sitting area in the window… One day.
This year I didn’t read a lot, mostly because I went to work, came home, slept… rinse and repeat month after month. I finished Game of Thrones earlier this year and have been trying to read through a couple other books. My goal for this year is to read at least 24 new books. (I re-read Harry Potter all the time, so that doesn’t count) I’ve always wanted to read through a list and post reviews, I’ll look into doing that later this year as well.
Books. They just make me happy. The smell, the feel, the pages as I turn them. Ahh, books.