I spent five years in college reading, researching, and writing history paper after paper after paper after paper after paper….you get the point. After college, I decided to take a job at our local public library because I thought it would be fun to work around books all day before I joined the “adult world”. When people asked me my favorite type of book, I would always reply “non-fiction history” (which looking back probably made me seem a little pretentious). I answered this way because I didn’t consider myself a “leisure reader”. But, looking back did I really enjoy staying up all night reading the biography of John Bell Hood?
Don’t get me wrong, I truly love history. But I confused my mandatory reading with reading for fun. The first book I read after college was Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. As soon as I finished it…I wanted to read as much as possible! “Is this what I have been missing?” I thought.
After my first year working at the Emporia Public Library, I had manged to read a book from every genre we have available (fiction, non fiction, mystery, western, romance, inspiration, young adult, fantasy, science fiction, and graphic novels). I discovered what I liked to read and began making and keeping lists, writing reviews, and asking as many people for recommendations. By taking a job at the EPL, I opened my eyes to a wonderful world of books and exploration! I now know that I love a good mystery thriller, i’m a sucker for anything that will make me cry, and I often need to read shorter books between large novels so that I don’t get “burned out” ( I like to call these books ‘palate cleansers’).
I love seeing how different authors write and create. I love how a book can change your mood or your perception of something. I love that you are able to relate with other people because of the types of books you read or write. Reading has become such an important facet of my life. Reading is just FUN! Deciding to spend my life surrounded by books is one of the best decisions I’ve made yet!