Let me paint you a little picture – snuggling up under a thick, cozy blanket, on a crisp evening, nose buried in a good book – perfection no? Easily one of my favourite fall activities.
I love reading and I think it’s SO important. And sadly this once form of ‘entertainment’ has now been riddled down to ‘I don’t have time’ and is replaced with endless scrolling. Many people (especially kiddos) don’t read for pleasure anymore, and let me just say to those people, y’all are missing out.
Though it’s always been one of my favourite hobbies, I stopped too because well, I was busy. Back at Humber, I had a couple of really cool profs. I’ll always remember one – because she reminded me of my love for reading. The load from this program was heavy. I had 6 courses, interned twice a week + I was working in retail 25+ hours a week. It was a lot. But I loved it – being busy and always having something to do, on a go go go kind of schedule. In one of my classes, this prof was telling us to read a book, for pleasure. I was like ummmmm that would be nice, but when – with a slight eye role. And she said if you pick a good, interesting read, and do it for 10 minutes right before you go to sleep, you’d be surprised by how quickly you’d finish the book. And she was right – I’ve read so many books this way!
A few things you probably didn’t know about me:
- I am 98% sure I wear glasses because I read so often – and I’m totally fine with with being a blind little bat.
- When I was younger and my parents used to tell me it was time for bed, I’d sneak in a flashlight and book just to read.
- I will read the same books over and over, but only a select few. I loved the Harry Potter series growing and will continue to read them probably forever.
- I will fly though addicting books in a good 1-2 days (time permitting obviously). I usually do that at airports or on vacations.
And if you can’t tell from the photos, my two favourite genres are thrillers and motivational books (although I’m pretty picky with those). I’m currently reading All The Missing Girls, but my favourite one so far was The Twilight Wife. For the other genre, I can’t really pick a favourite, because I got something different out of each one. And that’s the best part of it. Books grow you, change you – show you different perspectives.
So do me a favour. This season, pick a book – any one you like, and do it. Read the whole thing. 10 minutes a night – that’s all it takes. Happy reading!