I can remember my very first trip to the library. I was four years old, and my dad was getting ready to make his weekly trip to exchange the stack of books he had finished reading for new ones. When he asked me if I wanted to go with him, I was thrilled.
My dad walked me over to the children’s section and let me browse all the books on the shelves while he went to search for his books. I was so overwhelmed trying to decide which book I would bring home, that I didn’t hear him walk up to me when he had completed his selection.
Looking at me, he whispered, “Don’t you see any books you like?” I replied that I didn’t know which one to pick, and I wanted to take them all home.
Imagine my surprise when he told me I could borrow more than one at a time, and he suggested I start with ten. He said if I finished them before we came back next week, I could get fifteen. I walked out of the library that day with a huge smile on my face, feeling so grown up. Dad had his mountain of books to read, and I had mine.
My love for books started that day.
Reading books became a way for me to escape my surroundings and visit parts of the world I will probably never see without the help of the author. It gave me something to look forward to each week and a way to bond with my Dad. Sharing our love for books and exchanging stories we had read is a very special memory for me years later.
Reading books helped mold me into the woman I am today. Emotionally, mentally and intellectually. There are many studies on the benefits of reading and how it affects our brains.
Reading Books And More
Reading helps keep your memory sharp and enhances your learning capacity. The more you read, the more learn.
Reading unlocks your imagination and allows you to solve mysteries, pilot a plane, feel love and sadness. It can give you a glimpse into the many cultures of our world and can cause you to be more empathetic to the lives of others. And couldn’t we all afford to be a little more empathetic to those we meet each day?
So, before the day ends, make sure you pick up a book and celebrate National Book Lover’s Day.