What does it mean to read from the heart?
We are bombarded with the written word every day. We are thrown little tickers at the bottom of newscasts, huge advertisements on billboards as we commute to work, and then in our email which we get on every device possible. Sometimes all that reading overkill can dampen our spirits for reading for enjoyment, pleasure, escape, knowledge.
There are so many types of readers:
- Casual readers who may not always have the time and so they pick up the one great book of the year and love every bit of it.
- There are those readers who don’t really enjoy books but prefer magazines, internet blogs or newspapers. This doesn’t mean they are not readers because they are not reading a traditionally bound book.
- Some people simply enjoy the artistry and visual format of graphic novels or comics and stick by them through thick and thin! Are these novels? Are these comics? Such a debate in the literary world.
- Another debate? Ereaders. Are these readers still reading books even if it’s on an Ereader? Of course! It’s just a different format.
- Then there are those people like me who love to read, every day – will swallow up the written word and will read everything.
No matter what kind of reader you are, or what type of material you identify with the best, make sure you read. Even if you think you don’t have time to read a book, the amount of reading you do throughout your day is worthwhile. You’ll find that even taking in little bits and pieces of reading every day will help you find a new outlet in the world to strike up a conversation or simply feel like you are involved in the world. I keep a small notebook where I write a note of something I want to visit later when I have time. This simple technique can help you be a passionate reader again.
Try to remember how you felt when you were learning how to read as a child. Was it a good experience? Hopefully you were able to appreciate how it felt to read your first chapter book and the thrill to read the next one. If it wasn’t a good experience, wipe that slate clean!! Start over! Even if you struggled with reading in school and gave up on the magic of books, you can get it back. Try starting with a shorter book, a young adult novel, or a graphic novel and you just might surprise yourself.
Is there a child in your life whom you could share the love of reading and books? I guarantee you it will be a joy you’ll want to experience over and over. It might even make you appreciate picture books as an adult!
Since it’s February, and our theme is LOVE, I thought I would share my love of reading with you, most particularly, my love of reading complete escapism books. They are quick, easy, and allow me to forget the nonsense of the day. My guilty pleasure is Nicholas Sparks books. They are formulaic, often tragic or dramatic, but they always leave me feeling that I can believe in love and good in the world. My other favorite author is Sophie Kinsella who wrote the Shopaholic series. Her humor is witty and fun and her books always put a smile on my face.
Don’t let the stress of your day dampen your spirits for reading. It’s the perfect destresser for even a 5 minute alone time moment!
Do you have any romance novels you want to share? Any books you find to be complete enjoyment? Any tips on how to rediscover your love of reading? I’d love to hear them them in the comments or email me! You might also find my personal blog post about reading for enjoyment interesting.
This post was written by Jennifer Peterson. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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