Weakness. Butterflies. Excitement. Nostalgia.
Books evoke many of these feelings in me and so, are my kryptonite. I love reading. Call me a nerd if you like, I don’t mind. I’ve always enjoyed reading. I have a running list of books that I need to read, which I can’t get to fast enough. Every time I finish one book there are ten more added. It is a never-ending list, but that doesn’t bother me.
Do you remember the show Reading Rainbow? I loved that show. I looked forward to watching it all the time. To further reinforce my place in “nerd-dom,” I was part of my local library’s summer reading program and was disappointed I couldn’t continue once I finished high school. I consumed books. I wanted Belle’s library from Beauty and the Beast. Pinterest is a gold mine that allows me to explore book stores and libraries around the world. They are a just out of this world and I want to visit each and every one of them.
Re-reading a book is like catching up with an old friend after a long absence. There are layers of complexity when you re-read something. I would argue that you aren’t re-reading a book, but reading it for the first time under a different lens. You notice things you didn’t before. This is especially true depending on what is going on in your or where you are in life.
My shelves are overflowing with books. From classics to contemporary fiction to memoirs to children’s books. I don’t have enough space or time to get through all the books I want to read. Though I’m thankful for e-readers, like my Kindle, I often miss the weight, smell, and feel of a book beneath the grooved ridges of my fingertips.
When I taught younger students, I wanted to impart this love of reading to them. I carefully chose books, taking care to go beyond just the classics. There are so many thought-provoking children’s books by diverse authors out there. I like to gift books to children. I spend a lot of time at the bookstore reading each page before carefully selecting a book to give to someone. I also make a mental (and phone) note to one day add it to my growing collection.
I leave you with a few lines from Reading Rainbow’s opening song. Until next time!
“Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high.
Take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow!
I can go anywhere.
Friends to know,
and ways to grow.
A Reading Rainbow!”