Well Color Me…A Total Bookworm
I am, and have been, for as long as I can remember, a total bookworm. I love books, and I love to read. Even when I was little, I loved reading. Don’t get me wrong, I had plenty of outside time, but reading was always my first love. As a result, I was also a very imaginative kid. I can remember being in my bed at night with my army of stuffed animals, reliving stories from books as I drifted off to sleep. From there it developed into making up stories of my own. Maybe that’s why I used to love writing fan fiction so much, but that’s a totally different blog for a totally different day.
Loving to read, and having a great imagination is a wonderful thing, but it’s not without it’s drawbacks. I tend to think life is supposed to be like it is in the books that I read. Guess what, it’s not. Prince Charming is not coming it to sweep me off of my feet and make all my dreams come true. I’m not that teacher that inspires gang members from the inner city to throw off the chains of their lives and get free rides to college. And I’m certainly not winning the lottery and using all that money to change the world. Of course on the plus side, there are also no vampires, aliens or zombies running around either.
Books are great, and for me, they’re a perfect escape. I am a total bookworm and I don’t try and hide it. I love everything there is about books. I used to carry a book with me wherever I went, so that if I had a spare minute, I could read. The only problem with that was being out and finishing a book and having nothing left to read. I fought the digital age tooth and nail. I wanted nothing to do with an e-reader, until I got one. Now, I love it because I have a bazillion books with me all the time. And thanks to the many free/discounted book lists I subscribe to, I get books for free or for pennies.
However, I also have a problem. I am a book re-reader, meaning I have books that read over and over again. I think it’s because they make me feel safe. I know what’s going to happen, there are no surprises, and the characters feel like dear friends. The only problem with that is to get those books on my e-reader, I have to pay for them. I’m doing it, and it’s a process, and as I do, I get rid of the hard copy. It’s my own little version of decluttering my life. I will always love books, and I will always love reading, and yeah, I’ll probably keep wishing real life happened just like it does in my stories, but hey, there are worse things I could wish for, right?