Books 1 & 2
Growing up, I hated reading. I mean I absolutely hated it. Books, short stories, novels, or any reading assignments given by my teachers were nothing more than a chore. Outside the classroom wasn’t much different either. I never took an interest in the Goosebump books or any of the other popular series of our time (The Babysitters Club comes to mind). Come to think of it, I don’t believe I’ve actually read any book from cover to cover from either one of those series. My dislike for reading had nothing to do with my abilities; I was good at it. I was never embarrassed to read in front of the class, and could comprehend the text presented to me. Books just never held my attention. Maybe part of it has to do with the content I was required to read in class. But generally speaking, I had very little interest in reading at all. I usually had to read the first chapter of any book three or more times before I would actually stay focused long enough to comprehend what is going on. Sad, I know. By high school, I was introduced to a wonderful thing called Cliff notes. It was just the crutch I needed to keep a minimalist approach to reading while still obtaining satisfactory grades. By college, pretty much all school reading had ceased (textbooks don’t really count).
Now, I do enjoy reading news articles, magazines, and tidbits of information all over the internet. However, I couldn’t tell you the last time I’ve actually sat down and read a book from start to finish. That’s almost pathetic. As we’ve all probably learned, reading is good for you on so many different levels. I won’t go into all of the reasons here, but check out this interesting article about it if you feel so inclined to do so. So with that being said, I’ve made it a goal to start reading on a regular basis. I’ve set a goal of 30 books to finish in my 30-before-30 list. Last week, I purchased these:
I picked these two books simply because I wanted to ease into this task. I have taken a real interest in learning about both figures lives, so completing these shouldn’t be a terribly difficult task. Hopefully once done I’ll feel compelled to continue reading more books and actually reach this goal. If you have any suggestions for good readings, please let me know! I am honestly open to anything…except maybe romance novels, lol. I think the Hunger Games series will be next.
Thanks for reading, and check back soon!