I wasn’t a reader until well into my parenting years. Imagine that. During a time when one has no time – literally, I’ve managed to nurture the ravenous reader in me. The discovery was accidental.
We had just moved to a new city and we knew only 1 family. John was working shiftwork and I had two kids to occupy in a large but still confining apartment. I decided to take them out to explore the community. Someone had told me that the local library had great story times and a fantastic kids section. I began to bring my kids to the library to play a little and find some books to check out. I didn’t venture past the children’s section. It wasn’t until I stopped in to return some books that I discovered a buried love. The librarian was signing in a pile of books and held one up “I loved this one.” is all she said. Being polite, I asked “Why? What is it about?” It was a James Patterson romance novel. She described it and offered it to me. “Sure. Why not. I’m not a huge novel reader, but I’ll give it a shot.”
I devoured it in two days and went back for another of his. The second one was finished that same week. I wanted more. I grabbed a Pride and Prejudice spin off novel. Loved. Went back for its sequel. Again, love. I literally inhaled 5 fairly lengthy novels within 2 weeks.
I thought that maybe since I was now a professed bookworm that maybe I should look at other genres. I found myself getting lost in cookbooks, gardening books, crafting books, history books, biographies, parenting books, classics, etc.
And thus my love of books exploded.
I love books. LOVE.THEM. There are small piles of books all over my house. They bring me comfort.
My kids love books. This makes me very very happy. They aren’t huge readers (yet), but they love being surrounded by storybooks.
While my life is insanely busy and some might wonder how in the world I find the time to read, you need to know that we don’t have cable…or satellite TV…or local channels. The only thing we watch are movies. The news comes from internet sources, newspaper, and our much loved XM radio. 90% of the time the movies we watch are kid movies.
John worked a lot of night shifts, especially in the winter between November and February he worked almost exclusively night shift. When he wasn’t home I enjoyed spending my nights (after the kids are in bed) reading, writing, and knitting. A couple of years ago I discovered the wonderful world of audiobooks…the unabridged kind. With audiobooks, I am able to listen and knit, listen and fold clothes, listen and workout. I absolutely LOVE audiobooks. Although I do much prefer holding a book in my hand to e-readers and audiobooks. But for convenience and in the name of multitasking, I’d say about 50% of my reading is actually audiobooks. Our local library has an amazing collection of audiobooks. However, both my husband and I have loved our subscription to Audible.com
Finding the reader in you isn’t that hard.
1. Turn the TV off
Picking up a book is easy. Turning off the beloved TV is not. I get it. I totally get it. I am a sucker for HGTV and old reruns from my generation. I love movies as well. But as long as the screen is on, you will most likely opt out of a book.
So turn the TV off.
2. Visit your local library
Start with getting a library card. It is a step in the right direction.
Ask the librarian to point out the various sections (if they aren’t visibly marked).
If you don’t know where to start, most libraries have a “new arrivals” rack or “featured” shelf. Our local library has a shelf across from the main desk that contains a variety of featured books. I think they just grab a bunch that are popular and/or new from popular authors. They rotate out historical memoirs, cookbooks, art books, etc from this shelf also. I’ve grabbed numerous quick reads from that shelf on my way out. LOTS of possibility if you are open to taking a literary risk.
You could always just ask. Let the librarian know what you think you’d be interested in and they are usually very helpful.
There is always the option of grabbing some books on a hobby you’d like to know more about. Or try out a different cookbook. Hey, you may not cook, but cookbooks are fun to read. I check them out all the time and don’t always use recipes from them.
3. Join a book club.
It’s fun even if the featured book isn’t quite to your liking. Think of it as a cultural adventure for your mind and it gives you a chance to meet new people. Not every book is going to be something you love. But it does help to learn how to read a book properly, engage in a discussion (if desired), and give an honest and educated opinion.
There ya have it. My story and a few pieces of advice. Hope it helps.
Are you an avid reader? What are some of your favorites (titles, authors, genres, etc)?