I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen, “Enough Bookshelves,” New York Times, 7 August 1991
My dreams can take me anywhere, and reading takes me further into my dreams. For me a library is a hospital for the mind. A book is a garden in my pocket.
I have always loved reading and surround myself with books as others would with scented candles or comfy throws. There are books in every room in my house as I believe then there is no reason to ever say “I’m bored!” I read a lot and keep a Book Journal not only to log what I’ve read but also how I felt when reading each book. I read just about anything but I’m fanatical about Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Irving and Mitch Albom. Even Harry Potter has found a place in my collection and I love how I feel like I’m reliving my youth with every turn of the page. My interests extend to quite considerable collections on China & Chinese Culture, Ancient Civilisations and my favourite animal – the Elephant.
I appreciate having had an education that afforded me the opportunity to learn to read, grammar and punctuation; but what I cherish is the love of losing myself in a book that was instilled in me from a very young age. This is what I’d like to teach the world – a passion for reading.
Literacy is a major objective for any 3rd world country and understandably there is a focus on literacy in schools, but I often wonder if we just promoted where the written word can take the imagination that more children and adults would voluntarily learn to read. For those who can read the sense of empowerment that reading provides is often taken for granted, the sense of self discovered by paging through books is taken for granted. To learn more than what is being taught, and to provide new questions to take one forward – that is the beauty of being able to read.
I hope to realise my dream of teaching passion for reading and growing old doing so. Until then I will continue to craft and grow my own dream by reaching out to the words calling to me from between the covers.