As a reader when I first started reading I would always read fantasy books, because then you can always fill your head with imaginations. As I began to evolve in my readings I sparked and interest with Romantic novels. Even though I am not fond of non-fiction books I have began to enjoy auto-biography stories. I have an enormous interest in gaining knowledge, so I broaden my horizon and try out different genres. Reading can ripen a person's mind in so many ways. It's not just an activity to elapse time, but also to gain knowledge on many levels. The art of reading has attracted me because of the inspiration from certain stories, knowledge gain, and simply the thrill I encounter while digesting a story.
It is difficult to always inspire yourself by saying simple words to yourself; sometimes it takes an evidence to prove to your mind. Therefore, it helps to be inspired by messages that authors try to send to readers through their books and their life stories. For instance, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go, ("Oh, the Places you'll Go!" Dr. Success). This quote has given me the inspiration to be aware that you are your own person and so if you have told yourself to go in one direction then you can get there without any barriers, all it takes is passion and motivation. "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle," (Albert Einstein). In this short message, it influences me to see everything that happens whether it's good or bad, as it happens for a good reason. At times even with all these messages in my mind, it's still difficult to get inspired, but when that happens I just keep reading more, so all the thoughts of giving up isn't going to dominate my hopes and dream from all these messages, "Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought," (Arthur Helps).
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"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go," (Dr. Seuss). Reading is my main way of gaining knowledge's. I've found that no matter what I read, the whole point of reading every day has helped me in nearly every aspect of my knowledge gaining. Here are a few of my favorite ways that reading has improved my quality of life. As a reader, I don't only read to know what the author wrote based on my interest in the title, but to learn variety of things as well as to understand the purpose of them writing particularly about that topic. Among the things to be learned from reading, I have improved on my vocabulary, spelling, analytic thinking, writing, improved memory, and most of all too enhance intelligence. These are things I recognize to have learned by reading, but I am sure there are many more things to learn from reading that I am not aware of until this day.
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested," (Francis Bacon). Looking back, I can remember the moment that marked the simple switch from my parent reading bed time story to me to taking over the book and turning the pages on my own, laying down on the bed which was arranged all pink in a princess theme. I would always wear my little fancy pink dress before grabbing that book. It was "Cinderella," the best fairy tale story of all time, which is a story of a beautiful girl, whom evil stepmother and stepsisters, and the fairy godmother, helps meet the prince charming of her dream. I really couldn't get enough of that book or its characters and its boundless appeal to my sense of adventure or imagination. I have read the sequel on my own and watched the movie for it as well. Then it was off to reading more novels each of which showed me new concepts I hadn't considered, or characters I still count as fantasy chums.
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"Quotes About Miracles." (102 Quotes). N.p., Web. 03 Sept. 2012. <http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/miracles>.