Ready…Set…Read!

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In every school in every state, little kids of every grade level are reading. I can remember the little paper books with pronounceable words and adorable characters that many of us could relate with that we read in the early years. I can also remember my mom, my sister, and myself reading at bedtime. The main times I read for the joy of it happened to be for the book fair or a book report.

As years went by and I grew up, I didn’t read how I used to. I saw my time slipping from reading to sports and long nights of homework with little time after that was occupied by sleep. My sister was the one that into the novels and reading as whole. She is in Battle of the Books here at Cass and her season is starting so I see her with books, which got me thinking about how I used to be. I really want to get back into reading for pleasure.

I didn’t think about how much I wanted to get back into reading until I went to a family Christmas in Muncie. My family and I went to the closest mall and I went into Books-a-Million not really seeking a new book but mainly for browsing the aisles until one book caught my eye. The Hazel Wood, a novel by Melissa Albert, caught my eye with deep, black cover with golden images that go along with the book surrounding the title. The book is about a girl and her mother that move around the country from house to house running from their inevitable bad luck. I have yet to get to the heart of the book, but I can tell that this will be a real page turner.

I’m more than excited to get my love for reading back. I look forward to working on my reading speed and possibly increasing my vocabulary. I forgot about nice the smell of books with their crisp pages full of mystery of what will happen next. I see other people with goals for the new year of exercising more or relaxing more, but I don’t really make resolutions. I have come to the conclusion that by the end of 2019 I will have read more than 10 books. I think that this is a reasonable goal and I hope to reach further than the main goal.

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