For the Love of Books

I’ve been an avid reader my entire life. My earliest memories of childhood reading hundreds upon hundreds of BabySitters Club, Nancy Drew & Fear Street books. Around 11, I began sneaking my mom’s Stephen King books. IT & Skeleton Crew were my first King novels. I became a lifelong King fan from that moment on.

Over the years, however, my love for books and reading was pushed to the back burner. There were years I may be read only one or two books throughout the year. But it is the one hobby I never gave up on. And it’s because I challenged myself and make reading a little more interesting. For me, my passion for reading reignited because of a Goodreads account.

If you don’t have a Goodreads account, make one. Every year they have an annual reading challenge where you can set the amount of books you want to read in a year. I found that setting a goal helped push me on those days I didn’t want to read. I also joined reading challenge groups on the site that had silly “challenges,” like the “Alphabet Challenge,” where you read a book that starts with each letter of the alphabet. I also find lists from BookBub, Book Riot or r/booklists on Reddit helpful. My next reading challenge will to be to work through some of my saved lists on Pinterest.

My current reading challenge is to read through Stephen King’s entire bibliography in order of publication. I’m about 11 novels down and around 50ish to go. It’s been an interesting journey seeing King’s writing style develop over time. It’s something I would have never noticed had I not gone back and started from the beginning. Several of his earlier books I had not read, and I’m seeing his characters & worlds intertwining. Reading through your favorite author’s bibliography is something I recommend.  I break it up every few novels by reading something else, so I’m not overwhelmed.

Another fun way to kind get back into the reading habit is book hoarding, hunting, at used book sales at local libraries. I discovered this obsession hobby of mine as we began collecting all of Stephen King’s novels, which was my inspiration for my reading challenge.

Book Sale Finder is an awesome site for finding local used book sales put on by local organizations or local libraries. Most sell hardcovers between $1-2 and paperbacks are even cheaper. We hit up two of our local libraries on the weekends, and I get in trouble by the husband for the amount of books I bring home. $10 goes a long way at these sales. My local library has a “red dot sale” that is $2 a bag full. I crammed 9 hardcover & paperbacks into a plastic grocery bag & even my husband was impressed. He thinks I won’t ever get around to reading them all, but he underestimates my passion.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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