As I mentioned not too long ago, one of my goals for 2013 is to read six books. I used to be a pretty avid reader, but I got out of the habit once I started blogging. There simply isn’t as much time. But I always enjoyed reading and want to get back into the habit.
Not only is reading something that I enjoy doing, but it serves as a great example to your kids. The best way to get your kids interested in reading is for them to see you reading something yourself. Granted, our little boy isn’t quite two years old yet, but he absolutely loves his books. He has a bookshelf that seems to get more and more filled, and he looks at them all.
Anyway, to get started on my 2013 goal of reading six books I walked over to the library the other day on my lunch hour at work. I work downtown, and the library is only a few blocks away (though a few blocks can seem quite far when it’s around 20 degrees outside). Walking into the library reminded me of just how much I like it. There are rows upon rows of books and magazines, in every topic imaginable. And the best part is that it is all absolutely free! I mean, I pay for it through state and local taxes, but there’s no direct out-of-pocket cost.
Apparently there are a lot of other people out there that love the library as well because it was one hopping place. The downtown branch of the library is the largest branch, and there is always a crowd. There were people sitting, reading books and mazaines. There were people on their laptops. There were people browsing the shelves, people at the checkout counter, people at the information desk, people everywhere. It’s great to see so many people enjoying the art of reading. With the availability of video games, Facebook, and everything else, it’s nice to see that people still read.
I checked out John Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wrath. I never had to read it in high school, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I like a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. I especially like a lot of the classics, with some of my favorites being Les Miserables and The Three Musketeers. After reading this, I’ll still need to read five more books. Anyone out there have a favorite book they would recommend?