Author Beth Revis is having a giveaway where she asked entrants to post about the book we are most thankful for. It got me thinking about the book I am most thankful for, and since I didn't have a review ready for today, I decided to post about my book.
My first thought was to write about The Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins. If you follow this blog, or follow me on Twitter, it's not hard to tell that I'm pretty obsessed. I have a deep connection with those books; one I can hardly explain in coherent terms or complete sentences. I love them, and everything they stand for.
...but if I'm being honest, the real book I am most thankful for, is the one that started this whole reading obsession.
I was an occasional reader while in elementary school. I plowed through the Little House on the Prairie series, read a few in the Dear America series, and a couple by Gail Carson Levine; but the moment I got into Junior High, that all stopped. I didn't read. I wasn't a reader. I did not pick up books. Even after reading (and loving) LOTR, and after the three pregnancy books I read after high school, I still wasn't a reader.
Then one day at work, a co-worker started talking about a book she had read, and wanted me to read. The next day she brought it to work and handed it to me, saying that I just had to read it. She told me it was about vampires--but they were different vampires--and that I'd love them.
Three days--and many prompts--later I finally gave in and began reading the book about sparkly, vegetarian, vampires.
And so began an obsession that has yet to end.
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, showed me the perks of reading that I hadn't seen before. It showed me a place I can escape to; a place I can let my imagination loose. It showed me that not all books were full of long, descriptive sentences, big words, and deeper-than-I-care-to-think crap (although, these are now the types of books I prefer; go figure). I wanted to read more books after reading it. I wanted to see what else there was out there for me to discover. I wanted to love a book again like I loved Twilight.
I have since loved, liked, and hated, many other books. I am a reader; an avid reader!