I have always loved reading. When I was two years old, I asked my mom to teach me how to read as I just loved the idea of books. My love for reading has never faded, just grown and flourished. I always wanted new books. I loved going to the library. I loved going to the book store. It was one of those things your parents could never say “no” to. Deny your children to read a book?? Never! Even as a teenager you’d think I would have “grown out of it” or “find cooler things” to do or worry about. But nope, not me! I read. English and Spelling were always my favorite subjects – that’s where I would excel – and reading is a large part of that.
What always made me sad was how much my peers hated reading. And I always attributed that to the fact that either 1) they just weren’t book people and/or 2) schools made kids read some truly boring crap. I always tried to convince my friends who claimed they hated it that they try reading something that sounded interesting! But getting a kid to read more than they “have” to is not an easy feat. I get it.
Now, more than ever, I find reading so incredibly important. It is detrimental to your knowledge and growth as a human being. But I understand that some people don’t have the time or patience to sit down to read an entire novel. But that’s doesn’t mean you can’t still read! Read articles on the internet, read scientific studies, read news stories, read your favorite fantasy series multiple times, read about love lost and love found, read to your children, read self-help books, read my blog. I don’t really care. But read. Educate yourself.
I don’t ever want to stop reading. I want to make it a point to always be learning something new. Therefore, I’ve decided to create a book club blog series! Not only will this keep me accountable to read at least one book a month, but it could also become an amazing way to connect with you guys. I want to know what you’re reading. I want to know what you’ve read and loved in the past. Send me your suggestions and let me know how actively you want to participate in this. I am so open to what this could bring and become.
Emma Roberts just started her own book club, Belletrist, on Instagram. And Emma Watson recently shared her Goodreads page, Our Shared Shelf. I’d love to take ideas from both of those groups but build something that’s a little more intimate and personal.
I’ve already begun the first book that I have chosen for the series, and I will be announcing that shortly so you can read along with me before the next post is published. But I need your input.
Please reach out to me and let me know what you want to come out of this, or if you have suggestions for literature. You can comment below, tweet me, utilize my contact page, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a more personal conversation. I’d love to hear from you and am so excited for this!! Hopefully you are too!