I started reading non-fiction and fiction books kind of actually late. I was in third year high school when it all started and there is one person responsible for this – my favorite aunt.
Her name is Lourdes and we call her “tita”. She is a CPA and definitely a bookworm too. She reads everything from Time to Reader’s Digest and to even Philosophy books. One day, I was just hanging out in her room and I saw a stockpile of books in her cabinet. Out of curiosity, I started taking them out and then my aunt said that I can read them and I should start reading. So I was like, “okay”. I started checking them out and decided to bring home two books. So I borrowed the first two books I have ever read besides school books and they were – To Kill A Mockingbird and I Know This Much Is True. I had to read the to kill a mockingbird twice because I wasn’t able to understand the story the first time. The Wally Lamb book, I cried a bucket. I was hooked! I told myself that I need to continue reading because it makes me feel good and sometimes knowledgeable as I learn knew words that I haven’t heard of.
After that I owned my first ever book – The Little Prince, my dad bought it for me. I was addicted to reading. Then I also started borrowing her Time magazines on the weekends. College life was busy but I was still able to find time reading. I read but not that often anymore. On my 18th birthday, my aunt asked me what I would like to have and I said, “a book”. So we went to the mall and find a bookstore and she let me pick. I decided to pick The Secret. And the rest is history.
Fast forward to now -> Busy at work and being a mom. To be honest I probably read less then 10 books last year. I set a goal on goodreads that I will read 50 books this year and I intend to reach that goal.Just need to find time for it.
I just love the feeling that you are in a different world when you read a book. Takes off your mind to somewhere you can never even sometimes fathom. If it wasn’t for my aunt, I would have not known if I would be the same bookworm as I am now. Just so thankful beyond words.
How about you, who influenced you to read?