I Stopped Reading!
I used to read. I was an addict. I always had a book with me or had one on my nightstand. If it weren’t for people loaning books to me or for the bookshelves in my apartment building’s laundry room where everyone leaves and exchanges books, I would have spent a small fortune on them. I can read a book in a day, so I used to read at least two books a week. If I was particularly into a book, you could have run naked through my house and I wouldn’t have noticed. At any given time, you would have been able to find at least 20 books hidden in my wall unit waiting for me to read. My family HATED that I read so much. It drove them crazy.
My mother used to live in a retirement community that had a library. The retirees would leave books they that had read; the books were there for the taking. She would go in when no one was there and sneak out a whole bag of books. She’d call me to ask which writers I liked and stockpile them until she had a boxful, which she would then mail to me. It was heaven to receive this box of free books!
On top of the free books, if I walked by a Barnes and Noble, I would have to go in. I would always leave with a minimum of three to four books. So I stopped going in because I read too quickly and it was draining my wallet.
If I had kept every book I’ve read over the years, I estimate I have read about 6,000 books.
But I stopped reading.
I blame it on writing and social media. I spend way too much time on both. They are necessities for my job, but I have let them push aside my love of reading. And instead of reading I play video games on my iPad. I have lost my mind.
Reading is escapism and down time. I need both. I firmly believe that everyone needs both.
There was a time when my daughter and I shared books. She’s a teenager so it was fun to actually have something we could talk about. If you have a teenager, you know what I mean. We read The Hunger Games, some Jodi Piccoult books, Harry Potter and, of course, the Twilight series. It was a great way to connect. She was never the avid reader I was so I was so happy to see her start to love books too.
Now, she’s home from college for the summer and working. Combine that with a new boyfriend, my job and her job, there’s been little together time for us. So I have a plan. We’re going to go shopping for some books we both want to read. And despite having iPads and technology at our fingertips, we’re both old-fashioned, we like books and holding them in our hands. We are going to turn a new page, together.
Holly's Mother/Daughter Summer Reading:
Written for Mission Read 2013