Day 14: Book

I love reading, but I have always been a picky reader. If the book is too long or too “boring” I lose interest quickly and usually end up not finishing the book. It happened a lot while I was in elementary school. As I’ve grown up my taste in novels has changed. I enjoy reading fantasy with strong heroines and a touch of romance. Then I also gravitate towards suspenseful mystery novels.

I use an app known as Goodreads to help track books I want to read, are currently reading, and have read. The app is very helpful and allows the user to create a reading goal. The last 2 years I attempted to read 12 books, just 1 book a month. Not too difficult, right? Well I was unsuccessful. Last year I only read 8 books, 2 of which were comics. While I may not read as often or as quickly as others, I do love the books I read.

Books are incredibly important. They offer readers a chance to explore different worlds and characters. They allow the imagination to run wild! Books also bring people together by sharing others’ stories with the world. You may like a book because its message is something you value or a character behaves how you do so you feel like you’re not alone. Cultural stories and traditions are also passed down from generation to generation in books. The written word even changed once the Egyptians invented paper. Now instead of stone, scribes could use paper, a lighter, more efficient material! Paper was a revolutionary invention and is still commonly used today to print books, magazines, newspapers, etc. In a digital age, it is crucial we don’t forget about books and the power they hold.

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

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