I just finished reading a book. Normally, that would not be newsworthy. But this was the first book I had read in a very long time. Well, not counting those which relate to pregnancy, childbirth or caring for babies. This was a real book, one I read purely for enjoyment. Something I have always loved doing.
I've been a voracious reader from the beginning. My mom tells me that as a baby, I was just like my daughter. In elementary school, I read like crazy. I was particularly fond of series books. My faves included Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and the Little House on the Prairie books.
I attended a college prep school from 7-12 grade, where reading the classics was expected. When I wasn't in school, I would go through a stack of books (usually not the classics, but reading nonetheless) in very short order. That was how I loved to spend my vacation time. My parents and I used to like to compete to see who could read the most when we went on a family vacation.
My bachelor's degree is in literature, so obviously I did more than my fair share of reading in college. So much so that I took a little break after graduating. Was book free for a time. It didn't last long, and soon I was back to my old habits. Until I became a mom.
Now I have little to no spare time. And, since I have committed myself to writing a book, that has taken precedence over reading. So my pile of books I'd like to read has grown higher and higher. I am told repeatedly that in order to be a good writer, I have to read a lot. I hope all the hours I've logged in my lifetime so far counts for something. And look forward to catching up when I challenge my daughter to a reading contest on family vacations.
I know many of you also enjoy reading. How much do you get to do so? And what kinds of books do you like?