Reading is one of my favorite things to do, and I know that I’m not alone in that. But many times we are so busy that reading falls to the end of our to-do lists.
Reading is important though. Reading fires the imagination and increases creativity. Through books, we learn new things and are able to explore new worlds.
My mother is the one who instilled a love of reading in me. She started teaching me how to read when I was 3 years old, and I have been told that from then on I could usually be found with a book. I remember hiding in my books on the school bus and having to be cajoled by my friends at church to put down my book to play tag with them. When I was in junior high, my parents opened an antique store and I had a large booth with thousands of books. On the days that I was helping in the store, I could frequently be found on a couch or comfortable chair with a book. Even if I had to watch the front of the store, I would sit behind the counter reading until someone needed my help.
For the last couple of years, I have made up a list of books that I have wanted to read during the year. This year though I want to do something a little different. While I do have a list of books that I want to read, I have been noticing some fun book challenges on Pinterest. From reading a book on grace to reading a classic novel to reading a novel set in each state, these challenges look fun and interesting. I know that I can’t do them all. I am definitely going to try out to do one or two of them.