Last week I finished the book Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. It was about a woman, telling stories of her past and present, exposing the moments in her life that made her the woman she had become. Her writing was poetic and natural, different than any book I've read. While some moments were told with detail and allowed me to form a clear picture, others were vague, accurately portraying memories and the way they can become fragmented. I think it is beautifully written and I would challenge any woman to read it and not be able to identify with the main character in some way. If you're looking for something new to read, this book has my recommendation.
Over the past year I've developed a habit of crawling into bed each night with a book and reading until I am ready to fall asleep. It is one of my favorite parts of the day. It feels so good to turn off electronics, dim the lights, and get lost in a book. Relating to the characters and bridging parallels between the fiction and my own life is one of the things I love most about reading. I always try to have a new book ready to read once I finish my current so after finishing Cat's Eye, I was due for a trip to the library.
I've got some love for libraries. They are so calm and inviting. Definitely one of my happy places even though walking through the maze of fiction shelves can be daunting. Therefore, I am always open to suggestions! Whether I am looking for a specific book or not, I try to go when I am in no rush. Reading book covers and narrowing down a selection to bring home always takes me more time then I think. If I'm lucky, I'll open a book that I just know I was meant to find on that particular day. I know I'm not alone in that feeling.
Not everyone has that connection to books so for those of you who can't relate or you're thinking about how much you don't like reading, I would hope you could reconsider. I won't promise that every book you read will be magical, but I would be willing to bet that eventually you would find one that really speaks to you. I think everyone should know what it feels like to be totally sucked into a book. You know you've found the right one when you can't turn the pages fast enough and once you are finished you can't help but feel a little sad that it's over.
I wasn't always in this habit of visiting libraries and reading nightly. For a long time I would fall asleep to the TV. When someone suggested an author or book for me to check out, I usually said I didn't have time. I'm glad those days are gone because rekindling my love for reading has played a part in living my life with intention. As I grow older, I'm trying to be in touch with the things that make my life richer. The things that make my soul happy. For me, ending my day with a good book is one of those things.
I could easily let life keep me busy, but setting aside time to go to the library and getting in bed a little earlier each night have become things I prioritize. I can feel the benefits. I sleep better and I am able let go of outside worries or thoughts while I read. I am given new perspectives and insights and I believe being a reader will make me a better writer. The fact that I truly enjoy reading and it makes me really happy is just the cherry on top.
So, reading still might not be your thing, and that's okay. Find simple things that are good for your soul and make time for them. You deserve it.