A Year of Magical Reading

In recent years, reading books has become more important to me. Since  childhood I’ve been an avid reader, though I did end up reading “The Secret Garden” more times than I would like to admit.  The turning point for me was when I was 9 years old and read  “Catcher in the Rye”, “Jurassic Park, “Little Women'” and “Interview With The Vampire”.

Those books really opened my eyes as to what the world of the novel can do for you.  Equal parts escapism and  fascination in the written word.  Reveling in the fact that you could open up a story and become a Pirate for a couple hours, or learn knitting technique from the late great Elizabeth Zimmerman.  Any topic imaginable and there is a book written about it.

Through most of  Middle and High School I was closer to books, than the people my own age.  So whilst my life is very different from it was then, there are still times when I’d prefer to finish a book on a Saturday night than hang out with friends.

For quite some time now, I’ve begun to believe that my reading habits need to change.  Sure I read many books in a year, but I don’t merely want to read books anymore, but want to join in on the discussion about the novels that I feel I’ve missed out on.  Joining Goodreads is vastly different than having a home where you can voice your honest opinion about your reading, and that is why I chose to start this book blog.  Recently I’ve begun to see the necessity of saving for posterity my thoughts and opinions about what I’ve read.

So while at the same time I know I’m putting something forward that people can comment on or mock as it were,  I feel the need to grow as a writer, a connoisseur of literature, and as a person.   Since Sophomore year I’ve been keeping a list of the books I’ve finished and I finally feel it’s high time to move past making lists, and to delve into the unknown realm of writing reviews.


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