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Reading is Fun

Updated on July 2, 2011

I love to read. If I can put my hands on it, I will read it. I have subscriptions to several different magazines and I try to read the articles between studying for my class work. I have the collection of “Harry Potter” books, which I’ve replaced because I killed them by reading them so many times. I have the 3-books series of Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, and also the entire “Sweep” series by Cate Tiernan.

My bookshelves are covered in technical and academic publications on ethics, and psychology, communication and crisis intervention. Criminology and abnormal psychology are two very interesting topics of which I have read.

I also have magazines to start up a business, to have a small business, to understand veterans and to understand children. I should really find a little time and catalog all of my books. I remember doing that as a child.

My mother loved books. She read all the time. She had a great selection of gothic and horror novels from some of the greats. We spent hours organizing and recording the titles and authors of her books. We could go through her list of books and find just the right one to use as entertainment or reference. I remember the dining room had an entire 12 foot x 8 foot wall that was book shelves. It was full of books! It was like a reader’s fantasy.

And I read those books. I read about pirates, and warriors from other worlds. I read about crazed murderers and dragons flying through the sky. Fortunately the love I have for books has filtered down to a few of my children. They have books, too, but not to the degree that my mother, or even I have. My mom had thousands of books, I have hundreds. I would die for a library room where I could display all my books. Many are currently hidden away in the attic or in storage boxes because I just do not have the space for them. One day, I will have that space.

Do you read? If you are reading this, you must read at least a little bit. I would recommend opening a book you have never heard of and start reading. That is how I got hooked on Harry Potter. The first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was purchased by one of my girls for another one of my girls. It sat in my home for three years and one day it appeared in my view when I did not have anything else going on. I opened the book, and the very first words caught my attention. J. K. Rowling is a brilliant writer who wrote a brilliant set of books. I don’t know how she did it.

I am inspired to write my own book. I have one started and ideas for professional texts too. The novel is fantasy, the professional text, which I have yet to begin, will be on the topic of civil online social network communication. I am saddened by the way that people behave when they know that no one knows who they truly are. It is a true indication of what is in your heart if you can berate a stranger for not agreeing with you. It is a sad state of affairs when one does not respect others. It is so easy to do.

I would recommend that everyone should read. Start small, like those magazines I mentioned earlier. After you find a genre that you truly like; are you into computers? Do you love to take pictures? Are you a chef in the making? Do you like pretty girls? All magazines have words in them that are crying out to be read. Pick up one of them and start your new world, the one that tells you interesting new things, whether it is fiction or fact.

Just learn to know the difference.


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