Making It Worthwhile Again

The Wonderful World Of Reading
I would consider myself to be a pretty humble person as I'm not the one to toot my own little horn but...
today that is all about to change! I feel like there are some things that you should shout to the roof about and not be ashamed to do it! I just want to go back to all of those awards that I won in the fifth grade about being named "the class fastest reader" and of course "Top accelerated reader" in the course and really relish in the fact that I had accomplished something great. Back when I was in school all of the kids were in competition with one another to win the class spelling bee, or have those weeks top reading scores. I don't ever really remember there being an award for those accomplishments because I'm sure they didn't want to reward you for things that you should strive to do anyways BUT I just remember how good it made me feel when my teacher would announce my name on that list of scores every week.
The Wonderful World Of Reading
From that point on I developed an obsession with cramming as many books into my head as possible. Before I knew it I had read every book in my teachers' classroom and had fully leveled up to going to the library on my own to pick out books that would better fit my comprehension skills! I was obsessed with anything Junie B. Jones, R.L. Stine, Wayside School and so much more! I had long passed the Arthur stages in reading and I loved every second of it.
My Love Of Getting Lost In A Good Book
Over the summertime, my love for reading only grew stronger. Back then, I didn't have any electronics so a lot of my time was spent playing outside, chasing ice cream trucks, and asking my mama for permission to hang out with my friends around the corner. Since there weren't very many options of self-entertainment for kids, I often times found myself picking out books from the Wal-Mart sale section and trying to read slowly so that my books could last me a little bit longer into the summer.
My Love Of Getting Lost In A Good Book
Soon after summer was up and I entered middle school I noticed that my attention span for reading started to dwindle. Middle school was not like Elementary because the work was harder, there were boys, and of course, I had to keep up with my little friends at the time. On top of that, any allowance that I had initially was spent on lipgloss, new purses and many other cute things I wanted as a typical girl in the early 2000's! I guess you could say I had become distracted by life and didn't really make time for a lot of reading anymore. It also didn't help that I had gotten my first radio and spent more time flipping through CD's than I did flipping through the pages of a book. It was like with a flick of a switch everything had changed and I no longer was interested in reading until one day something ignited my passion for reading again! 
My Love Of Getting Lost In A Good Book
Two Words. Nicholas Sparks. Oh my my my, when I say I loved his books so much! I was such a big fan after The Notebook came out and I had to go back and read every single book he had ever written. Needless to say, I was obsessed and found myself buying every book he ever wrote from the '90s all the way up until what's currently out now. And just like that, I was making time for exploring books again and loving every second of it!
My Love Of Getting Lost In A Good Book
I guess my love for kiddie books had evolved and I was ready to read something new and worthwhile!!
My Love Of Getting Lost In A Good Book
Needless to say, I would spend the rest of my middle and high school years falling in and out of rhythm with reading. Life started to get a bit busier and of course, cell phones were starting to become a thing and all of a sudden there just didn't seem to be enough time in the world to keep up with my first love!
Making It Worthwhile Again
However, since I have been out of college I must say that my urge to crawl into bed with a book in my face has been my new favorite thing. I have been enjoying finding new authors and exploring new worlds within each book. Lately, I have been craving a world with less phone and computer usage and have been getting back to the basics of life. Everything seemed so much simpler before we had all of these endless amounts of gadgets and I find the easiest way to escape is to dive right into a fresh book instead of strolling the internet all day long. After reading, I always feel inspired, rejuvenated, happy and of course full of energy! It's like picking up a good book brings me peace that is often disrupted by the hustle and bustle of the work day and I love it!
Making It Worthwhile Again
Grant it, I may be a long way from reading those baby books in Elementary school but those books are what helped shape the reader I am today. If you haven't read a good book in a while then I say visit your local bookstore and get lost in a good read! I promise you will enjoy it......📚

Best,
Carey

4 comments

  1. OH MY GOODNESS, this post just brought back all the Feels! Many of those books I remember reading when I was younger and seeing them again just made me remember how nostalgic those times were!

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    1. Those were some of the best times of my life! I wish I could go back to life being that simple and carefree! Those were some of the best books around and I will definitely read those books to my kids because they were the best!

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  2. You can never go wrong in a comfy bookstore. Mr. Sparks has always been the favorite:)
    Enjoyed this post as well:)

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    1. I love it, it's my happy place!! And he is the favorite!

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