I didn’t enjoy reading as a kid. In elementary school, I even pretended to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling for a class project. Instead of reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I saw the movie in theaters. I know! I know! Not my most stellar student moment.
My poor mother did try her best. She had me listen to books on tape, read to me, and even hired a tutor. But, reading felt like a chore.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I gave the reading-for-fun thing a real honest effort. I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and finally understood why books even existed! It made me laugh, cry, and relate to the characters. Of course, I had to watch the film adaption, which was also incredible. Since reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, reading books has become one of my favorite activities because you learn the depths of characters, the history of a time period, and new words and phrases.
Also, don’t worry. I finally read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone AND took the quiz to see what Hogwarts house I’m in- Gryffindor, baby! If you want to learn what house you’re in, visit the Pottermore website and click “Sorting” on the top right.
A few of my other favorite books are The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, and The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. I didn’t want to put any of them down!
But, a good book can be hard to find. Thankfully, there’s a wonderful website called Goodreads that you can link to your Facebook account to learn what your friends are reading. It also suggests books based on previous books you’ve read and tracks the books you want to read, books you’re currently reading, and books you’ve already read. Whenever someone suggests a book, I whip out my iPhone, go to the Goodreads app, and store the book info. in the app. It’s one of my most used apps!
Now, time to grab a cup of coffee and my current read, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah!
With a lot of heart,
Photography by Alexanna Cox.