REALLY there are so many books I want to read that I get this really freakin' awesome feeling thinking about diving into them. I've always had this feeling ever since the first day my mom told me she use to read constantly as a little girl, for some reason at such a young age I was so proud of her knowing she did that. But it was heightened even more when I was given my very first book to OWN; it was all mine.
Do you remember in grammar school when the teachers use to pass out the forms for Scholastic Book Club? (Yeah I'm dating myself). OH WOW, I use to get sooooo excited just thinking about which books I was going to pick and the cherry on top, all this happened in the Fall when school started, and if any of you know me you know Fall is my favorite season. It was also at this young age I knew I wanted to write.
Reading, when you think of it, is one of those activities that most, especially parents, aren't concerned with the fact that it's a solitary activity. Even before one can read we even pretend we can. I know many of you've seen, if only with your own child, the little one grabbing a book off the shelf or from somewhere near and making up their own words as they turn the page, often upside down. Yet we smile when we see it. Reading is a door to the imagination, it's the door to curiosity, it's the door to understanding and it's the door to so many other things - it's an entrance into the abyss of knowledge.
For those of you who have never considered themselves readers, pick up a book, even if it's only one, join a club or borrow someone's audio book, visit the library and sit in during a children's reading session, or stop into one of the adult reading events throughout Chicago. Believe me there are many and most likely I will be telling you about them right here on The Local Tourist
. You can also keep up with them through our Events
Now I am not chastising anyone for not being a reader, I am only sharing with you those great moments that have happened and continue to happen in my life when it comes to opening that book or, for me lately, scrolling through my Kindle Paperwhite
. (I do still read hardcover/paperback.) So to get you started, below are just a few events that are coming up in the next month.
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron