This month, I decided I wanted to write about something I was truly passionate about. Don’t get me wrong, I could surely indulge in every snowball stand in the city and be content for the rest of my life, but I really wanted to write about something that would not only make me but other people feel good, too. Let’s start with how I became to love reading so much; I have always deep down loved reading, but as time progressed and I got older, it was less of a priority for me. I was always busy, and it wasn’t until I got to Mount Carmel and was introduced to MCCARE time did I actually (MC)CARE about reading again.
Then something magical happened: over the summer, I discovered books again. I don’t really know how it started, but I think one day I said to myself, “Wait, books exist, and I need to read some.” Okay, well maybe not so much like that, but something sparked within me and I had a sudden urge to read twenty-four books over the summer. Now you might be thinking, “Well, I am not obsessed with books and I hate reading, blah blah, blah.” However, this is coming from someone who literally did not read voluntarily since seventh grade when all I was required to read was my schedule for the upcoming school day. My journey back into reading started towards the beginning of the summer with John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. I finished this book in the span of two days which was not that impressive considering the book is only one hundred pages. Also, I did have a lot of free time because my job at the hospital consisted of me sitting in a chair doing nothing while nurses asked me to hand them their paper printed from the printer.
But I eventually started reading many more books like The Sun is Also a Star, The Little Prince, Everything Everything, The Strange Case of Mr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and many more. Needless to say, I did not like every book I read. For example, The Little Prince, even though it is a children’s book, sent me into a whirlwind of confusion and led me to rethink life choices—but there were some that I absolutely loved. For example, The Perks of Being a Wallflower was by far the best book after The Great Gatsby I have ever read. It was filled with so much emotions and love and for anyone who has read the book I even made the same playlist Charlie did on my phone.
In fact, before I wrote this article I was considering just doing a book report on that book because I loved it so much. Even for my birthday I asked my mom to get me my own copy, because the one I read was my friend’s. I love the book with a deep and burning passion and if you ever want me to explain my love please come talk to me because I would be happy to share my love with you.
Concluding my book discovery, I want to dive into some benefits and things I learned from my reading journey into the center of literature. Some beautiful discoveries I learned was the cutest little book story I have ever seen in my life. It is called Blue Cypress books and IT IS AMAZING. It is no Barnes and Nobles, but smaller and wonderful in everyway. It is basically like walking into a house made of books. Blue Cypress is also very convenient because not only can you buy new books there but you can trade old books in for new ones and get as many books as you want depending on the value of the books you are trading are worth. Not only did I find this bookstore, but I found what type of books I like and what can make me cry and laugh and smile and even affect my personal life.
Finally, from reading all these books I not only felt like my life was so much more interesting but I now have better reading abilities, so ladies, if you want a good score on that reading and writing portion of your ACT/SAT test, I strongly suggest reading something other than the funnies on the morning newspaper (don’t worry, I still read them every morning, no judgment here). Reading might not always seem like something you should devote your time to, but I swear that reading can open up a whole new world for you. Even if you think you hate reading, maybe it isn’t that you hate reading, maybe it’s just that you haven’t found the right book yet. This can take time, but you will find it! If you do decide to start your own journey and need, book recommendations or you have book recommendations for me, let me know! I am glad to help anyone who desires to be a part of either the little world of Charlie in Perks of Being a Wallflower or the wizarding world of Harry Potter or many more.
My Favorite/Recommended Books:
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (If you have already seen the movie this is not excuse not to read it. I personally watched the movie and it was tremendously different.)
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall