I like to read.
No, I love to read.
Reading is both the problem and the solution to all things. Have a question? A book somewhere has the answer. Read a book and it only presents more questions? There might be a support group for that?
My mom was an English and Reading teacher. When my brother and I were kids, we didn’t really have video games…we had 2 options: Read a book or play outside (you were allowed to read outside and play inside as well. Um, 4 options?).
I love reading. I like seeing characters develop, getting their inner monologue. I do generally see movies made from books (after reading it first, so I can complain with good examples afterwards), and the biggest thing missing in the movie format is getting the main characters’ narrative. How they felt, what they thought, the reasons why they do certain things.
I like imagining a world that isn’t the one I inhabit. I read scifi and imagine the universe, and spaceships, and battles and aliens and more. I read fantasy and imagine the world of the fey. I read thrillers and imagine being hunted or hunting the bad guys. I read biographies and imagine what that person was like growing up.
I dream in vivid colors, and sometimes I dream about the book I’m reading. It’s awesome!
Last weekend I got to go to BookCon, a giant convention of books, publishers, authors, and ATMs that overcharge to withdraw your own money. It was such an awesome day. I got to meet new authors, made some fantastic contacts, and bought some books.
So, in honor of BookCon and my favorite hobby, here are some random thoughts and some rad book memes.
Me, preparing to travel in 2007: Packs 9 books. “I’m going to read so much! Wooo vacation!”
Coming back from vacation in 2007: “How did I come back with 14 books? Did I steal books from other vacationers? Oh well!”
Me, preparing for vacation now: “I have my Kindle and a charger. I am prepared for anything. What? Pants? What are these ‘pants’ of which you speak??”
My husband and I recently moved. He had the audacity to suggest maybe I should give away my books, since I read on the kindle all the time.
UM, HOW BOUT NO? I told him I refuse to live in a home without books.
The worst insult I can possibly think of or have ever heard:
“I hope your favorite book gets turned into a movie and it doesn’t translate well and the characters are nothing like you imagined!”
Oh, you think I have too many books? Hold on one moment while I use my books to build a fort and then go in it and then find an old magazine and cut out letters to form a ‘No Jerks Allowed’ sign to hang on the front.
But not with tape, wouldn’t want to mess up a book!
I used to get teased at work for walking around with my Kindle and reading, or reading while eating lunch.
Sorry I like awesome stories, finding new authors, using my imagination, escaping life a little, and expanding my vocabulary! #sorrynotsorry
Also, now I work from home, so no one teases me for reading! #winning
How old is too old to be excited about new Harry Potter? Never? Oh, good.
Originally published at jyssica.blogspot.com.