I can’t pinpoint one singular moment in which I decided that I love reading. Reading has been something I enjoyed even before I knew how to actually read. My mom always told me that even as a very young child, I loved books. Before I could read, I would spend hours staring between the pages of books. I actually remember a time when I would wake up in the middle of the night and would have trouble getting out of bed because of all the books covering the floor. Reading has been a part of me for as long as I can remember.
As I grew older, I would go through phases. I would spend months not reading anything, but then pick up a book and read many more following it. This cycle seemed to go on for a very long time. I don’t think that this was necessarily a bad cycle, I never became burnt out on reading…I just read when I felt like it.
I came upon Goodreads a few years ago and have been addicted ever since. Even when I didn’t feel like reading reviews, it was a great place to discover books and find new books that were similar to books I had previously enjoyed. And the lists, oh the lists. Sometimes I can be terrible about finding new books, but those debut books lists are my best friend! These lists also get me super pumped up about upcoming releases!
Now that I am blogging, I read a great deal more than before. I actually love how blogging has challenged me to read more. Not only do I have many more “favorite” books, but I have been introduced to many wonderful authors. However, I have learned over the past year that I need to only read books that I will believe I will thoroughly enjoy. Last year, I read just about any book that became available to me and that quickly stressed me out. Even my husband said, “You should only be reading books you enjoy.” Oh boy, was he right about that! As much as I dislike to “did not finish” books, I will have to learn how to let some books go. Not every book is going to be for me and there are far too many books to read to spend time on one I won’t enjoy. I have learned that quality over quantity is very important.
While my reading habits have changed over the years, that doesn’t mean I have lost my love for reading. Quite the opposite, actually. Every day I love reading more and more. The worlds I visit, the characters I’ve loved, and all of the wonderful things I have learned are a testament to how truly treasured reading is to me.
How did you start reading and what does reading mean to you?