I was always an avid reader when I was a child. I loved anything that took me on an escape from reality.
In grade 5, I read Bridge To Terabithia. This book was about friendship and death, and it was complex, to say the least. I still have my novel study notebook from grade five. I actually saw it the other day. As I turned the pages of the worn pink Hilroy notebook memories of being in that classroom began to come back to me. I could feel my passion during this novel study because I loved the book so much. In my notebook, my teacher wrote, “Jamie, you have a very mature understanding of this novel and the complexities of friendships for your age. Great work!”
After I read my teachers comments, I thought about some of the other books I read as I was growing up. It seems I was always drawn to the self-help section. I became obsessed with stories for the soul. In fact, Chicken Soup For The Soul was my favorite.
When I was fifteen. (Oh my gosh, my daughter is almost fifteen now) I read a book by Iyanla Vanzant. If you’re unfamiliar with who she is, Iyanla is an author and self-help coach who has been on the Oprah show countless times. I think she may even have her own show on Oprah’s OWN network. Anyhow, I read her book titled, Yesterday I cried: celebrating the lessons of living and loving and then I read her book, One Day My Soul Just Opened Up. These two books helped me through some teenage heartache and taught me some great life lessons.
Somehow I’m not surprised these are the types of books I was reading when I was a teenager!
I’m interested to read some of these books again to see how they resonate now that I’ve had more life experiences.
Aside from the self-help books, my other favorites have always been memoirs. In addition, I love some good old fiction especially when it’s about life adversities.
When I was sixteen I read Memoirs Of A Geisha, and then in my early twenties, Eat Pray Love was another memoir that spoke to me on a spiritual level.
And then sadly, I neglected my love for curling up with a good book. I became busy with raising my daughter while attending college. The books I was reading for school on child development were interesting but they were also (in all honesty) pretty boring.
Needless to say, reading wasn’t a priority for me any longer. However, deep in my soul, I was missing my love for reading.
One day someone said to me, in order to be a good writer, I needed to read more books.
This was an aha moment for me!
My love for writing goes hand -in- hand with my love for reading.
So a few years ago, I dusted off the excuses and began to read again. I even joined a book club!
I wanted to immerse myself in as many books as I could and devour every word.
I’m now happy to say in the last few years, I’ve read more books than ever!
However, last year I didn’t read as many as I would have liked.
So this year, I’m committed to reading more.
A few years ago, I made a commitment to read my height in books. This is an old photo below. I`m currently a little above my knee.
I’m not disappointed that I didn’t read my height in books in one year, I’m just happy I began reading again!
It’s something that fills me up on the inside. I find curling up with a good book an act of self-care, a free way to educate myself and it`s subconsciously helping me become a better writer.
I would, however, like to get to my height in books before I die. LOL
Therefore, I wrote this post to inspire myself to indulge in all the books I’ve been wanting to read in 2018.
I hope it inspires you too!
If you’re looking for a good read that will style your life on the inside, below is a list of some of my favorites off the top of my head:
- The Gifts Of Imperfection- Brene Brown
- Daring Greatly-Brene Brown
- Big Magic- Elizabeth Gilbert
- You are a Badass-Jen Sincero
- Love Warrior- Glennon Doyle Melton
- Tiny Beautiful Things-Cheryl Strayed
- The Five Love Languages- Gary Chapman
- The Universe Has Your Back- Gabrielle Bernstein
- Fiction: Room, Still Alice, The Light Between Oceans, The Reader, Icy Sparks, Girl On The Train, Gone Girl
- Memoir: The Glass Castle-Jeanette Walls, A House in The Sky-Amanda Lindhout, Brain On Fire-Susannah Cahalan, Furiously Happy-Jenny Lawson
Oprah’s; The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations
On my reading list:
Braving The Wilderness- Brene Brown
Judgement Detox- Gabrielle Bernstein