The Joy of Reading

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For the past month or so, I have decided to focus on me. For a long time I have been caught up in the day to day of work, pleasing other people and putting myself–both mentally and physically–last. As I shared in a recent post, I started doing yoga, meditating, and working towards my goal of becoming fluent in Spanish. But there’s another thing I started doing that is making a world of a difference in my life: reading.

Of course, I’ve gone through phases of reading in the past; I listened to audiobooks periodically and would read on a flight, but not like this. Lately I’ve been reading 2-3 books at a time (one on my kindle, one audiobook, and one real, physical book). In the past couple months I have read several books, but I’d like to share my faves in no particular order: Big Magic, When Breath Becomes Airย (skip ahead to the second half if you’re short on time), What I Know for Sure and How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are. It’s quite a wide range, but they all have one thing in common: they are nonfiction.

When most people talk about their love of reading and how one can escape with a good book, they’re almost always referring to ficton books. Don’t get me wrong, a good fiction book can be better than binge watching the latest Netflix hit, but there’s something about nonfiction that captures me. It’s why I prefer to write nonfiction and why I am drawn to stories based on true events.

I’ve found that reading brings me a special inner joy. I am able to do something comepletely alone to enrich my mind and soul. I don’t feel lonely when I am reading by myself in my living room. I feel independent, empowered, and confident in myself. I can feel my mind expanding and inner growth as a person. I’ve reached a point in my life where I’ve realized that just because I’m out of school and stable in my career, doesn’t mean I have to stop learning, and reading is a great way to do that.

Are you a fan of reading? What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

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