In another life, I am a librarian. No, seriously, I have my Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
I honestly think it was my love of books that kept me going through all the courses. I got to read and discuss books with my classmates – how fun is that?! In 2013, I set a goal to read 100 books (I think I read about 50 during one semester) and I finished with 104 books. I haven’t made such a lofty reading goal since then, but this year I made a goal of 40.
I love that scene from The Mummy when Evelyn, wasted, proclaims that she is a librarian!
I love to learn new things. It’s a natural curiosity that drives me to understand how things work and how people interact. Reading nonfiction books help me achieve my goal of learning.
I’m one of those people who always say “the book was better than the movie.” And it is true a lot of times! There is so much more detail that can be written on the page of a book than they could ever put into a movie.
Reading provides mental stimulation because your brain is active and engaged. It’s pretty much exercise for your brain! And just think about how engulfed you become with a story. Your stress just slips away while with every turn of the page.
Photo: Me visiting Libreria Acqua Alta book store in Venice Italy