• Mon. Oct 18th, 2021

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Why I Love to Read

It is sensational to develop a love of reading at a young age and to nurture it throughout life. Books can both be friends and help you make friends. Books can be something to love and teach you how to love. I love to read because books offer endless possibilities.

I love to read for too many reasons to count, so I shall share just a few of them. I like to read because books have always given me:

  • adventure
  • company
  • education
  • opportunity
  • pleasure

 

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When I was a child, children’s television shows taught me that reading is fundamental. Today, Dora the Explorer teaches my children that if they want to learn something, they should “take a look in a book.”  I have always found books to be a source of adventure. The first adventure story I remember from my childhood was Dr. Seuss’ And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. I liked hearing the story the child created about wondrous adventures on the way home from school. As a teenager I fell in love with The Bourne Identity and  its sequels. When I become a young woman and moved into my own apartment, I lived alone for the first time in my life. Things were so quiet. I read books then because they kept me company. The characters in the books sometimes became friends that kept me company and made living alone seem not quite as scary

 

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As a student in college and law school, most of my reading was for educational purposes. I read to learn about organizational behavior, managerial economics, torts and contracts law. My reading had a purpose, a point. There were definite things I had to get out of each book I read. There was information I needed to obtain so that I could pass tests, write papers, draft briefs. I read in order to learn, to be educated. As a sole practitioner attorney and entrepreneur most of my reading was for opportunity. I tried to find opportunities for my law practice, my clients and their businesses. I looked for internal and external opportunities.

Now, I am at a stage in life where I still read for adventure, education and opportunity, but I make sure to make time to read for pleasure. I read things for the sheer pleasure of having the words roll around in my mind, creating pictures that only I see and appreciate. I enjoy reading or pleasure because it is relaxing, enjoyable and just plain nice.  This is really my favorite time in my life for reading because I can read for pleasure more than I was ever able to do as a younger woman. At the same time, because I am older and more experienced, there are more things that give me pleasure when I read them.
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I developed my love of reading as a young child and have spent the past 42 years since nurturing my love of books. So, the question for you this sensational day is why do you love to read?