BLOG: Rediscovering my love of reading

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how I haven’t seen a movie in a theater in months.

This week, I will finally be changing that by going to see “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s” midnight release. But today, I’m here to talk about a different kind of entertainment medium: books.

I was one of those people during middle school and high school who always had their nose stuck inside a book. I was always reading something, and I would carry my current book around to all my classes, hoping for even five spare minutes to get a little farther along in it.

I love book series’ the most. They give me something to look forward to and become emotionally invested in for longer than just a couple hundred pages. Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, the Inheritance Cycle, Twilight, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the list goes on and on.

My favorites are definitely the Harry Potter books. You can find me re-reading the series at least once a year, usually during the summer months when I have a little more free time and I can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine while reading.

I especially love re-reading books if they have a movie adaptation coming out–which is what started my love of re-reading the Harry Potter series. Since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is coming out on Friday, I took the end of last week to re-read the series and re-watch the first movie.

This is the part where people call me crazy. Each book is roughly 300-400 pages, and I read each one in one day.

First of all, it helps that I can read very fast and when I am re-reading a book, I tend to not read every last word. I become so engrossed in the book and the characters that I can’t stop reading.

But last week when I re-read these books, I forgot how much I missed reading. Between school, work and everything else going on right now, I have little to no free time, which means the only reading I do is for school. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a book to read, outside of a textbook.

People who say they don’t enjoy reading always confuse me. What is not to love about getting so caught up in a story for a little while? In my mind, it equates to getting caught up in your favorite television show, but there are so many more benefits to reading a book.

I’m looking forward to finding my next series to get caught up, but until then, I will stick to the ones I have read over and over again and still get caught up in every time!

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*Photo credit: Suzanne Collins’ website, author of The Hunger Games trilogy*