I never thought I’d live to see the day when I’d see a man gunned down on television. I never thought I’d see their killer walk free months later to restart their life after a not guilty verdict. This has become so common I can’t imagine what my children will grow up seeing when they are my age.
I am a late reader. It took nearly 25 years for me to become a reader. One fateful weekend, there were no captivating shows on TV and video games couldn’t quench the hunger of my imagination. While I looked On-Demand for nearly 2 hours I realized what my mother told me decades before, “Pick up a book!”
I googled topics I was interested in and eventually found The Prince of Thorns. I bought the book through Amazon and read it on my wife’s Kindle. I devoured the book and finished reading it one sitting. By the end of the weekend, I ordered my own Kindle and I haven’t had time for video games since.
Why I Read
Books take you on a journey you couldn’t otherwise go on. As a fantasy lover, I can become a deadly sword-smith. I can challenge the notions of capitalism, manifest destiny, right & wrong, and explore my moral compass.
TV and video games have never let me explore imagination in the same way. They lack the emotional detail and substance books force you to face. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice to veg out and watch TV but authors make you believe characters in books are your friends. You grown up with them, you experience character’s trials and tribulations. You want what characters want and need what they need.
When I’m not busy reading fiction, I am lost in books challenging social hierarchies and the status quo. Everybody loves a hero, right? That is why we believe our vote matters. WE believe in our hearts one person can make a difference.
Why I Write about Books
I write about books because I want everyone to read books. Reading provides opportunities to challenge the way you think about your own life. The books I read motivate me to be better than I was the day before. The books encourage me to challenge the status quo, battle against the odds, or overcome inner demons while ascending to greatness. Who wouldn’t want to read about that?
Check out the category Literacy Life at the top of the page for more posts about books. You should also read the Book Review in the side bar for a list of fantasy titles. Are you reading something that forces you to think? Is there something you’ve read to make you push your comfort level? Share it with me. I’d love to read it and write about it.
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Book Lovers, Teachers, Literacy Specialists
My kids are always on my mind. Work has an interesting way of shinning a spotlight on thoughts of my children throughout the day. As a teacher, I work with nine and ten year olds. My students do things that remind me of my children. Once I leave the classroom, I go to the high school to coach 14 and 15 year olds. My players do even more things reminding me of my children. With so much happening at work, my life needs to balance out. …
I read a lot of books as a teacher. Not just for myself, I do it so I can recommend books for my students. Most of the books I enjoy are fantasy. For good reason too. In a fantasy book, you can tackle real world issues by removing controversial people and substituting them for an outrageous villain. In Crown of Three by J.D. Rinehart, it is no different. Real world problems such as fitting in, being abandoned, growing up too fast, and making difficult decisions come to the forefront for the main characters in a split second. …