Happy January 3rd everyone! As promised in my previous post, I want this year to be the year of SheBeShe. That being said, if the title has not given it away, today’s topic is all about BOOKS!
Over the past few months, my inner-bibliophile has begun to shine. I have put myself in a position in which I all I want to do is read (I look at it as more of a love affair). While becoming quite the collector of books, reading them has been my most favorite pleasure. My passion for learning is the only explanation for this sudden interest. I never read much until about six months ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. If you are unsure of how to begin your reading affair, such as I have I have come up with some tips that have only helped my love for reading grow.
- Start small. This one really began to help me. I loved the idea of reading yet everytime I started a novel I would never be able to finish it. Either it was boredom, short attention span, or the idea I had more enjoyable things I could be doing. I started reading the book The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. While it was utterly enjoyable (one of those feel-good storytimes novels), it was a quick read. After that, I continued to read other shorter novels such as Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and other novels required of me in school, and the rest was history. The one aspect of reading that I hadn’t been a connection with until around this time was how good you would feel once you finished the book. It was a feeling of completeness and satisfaction, only making me want to read more.
- Find what you are interested in. This one is the most important for me. While I have read other works that bore no interest to me whatsoever, grabbing a good book that’s focal point is something of interest to you is key. My novel of choice would be anything non-fiction usually tending around the subjects of history, politics, and anything involving Paris in the 1920’s (the era that encompasses me). Some favorites that come to mind are; The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson, and Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley. I thoroughly enjoy geography books (I have an old professor of mine to thank for that) so I tend to gravitate towards those as well. I am in the process of reading two other novels that you can find in my What is on my Nightstand section of my blog and once those are finished I can definitely discuss those two as well.
- Feed your mind. This last tip is the most important for me. I have become enamored by the idea of learning as much as I can for as long as I can. Learning has become such a passion of mine and I believe it is only becoming more evident in the activities (such as reading) I’ve been gravitating towards. Since discovering this passion reading has never come easier for me. I feel it is all I spend my time thinking about (what bookstore can I journey to next) and what the next book I should pick will be. The effects of reading for me have been indescribable as well. I have retained so much from each book I read and I continue to share my new knowledge with family and friends. Spreading wisdom and interests will not only help you grow but everyone around you as well. Finding what you enjoy most in life is what will plant the seeds for you to only continue to grow and evolve. Be yourself, and let your mind tell you what it is you enjoy most and run with it!
I cannot wait to continue with these book posts and I would love to hear if any of you have some good recommendations for books you have read or heard about. I am open to anything. Have a bestseller Wednesday everyone, stay reading!