Today’s YA Indie Carnival topic is… What Reading Teaches Me.
This one is easy. Reading can teach you everything.
When I was a little girl, I lived on my grandparents’ farm. When I was in grade school, the other kids teased me a lot- because I lived with my grandparents, because my grandparents dressed me like… well, like a grandparent would, and because kids are just mean.
What did I do? I retreated into books. And I learned about other kids through books. I learned about the healthy relationships that friends can have though Trixie Belden and her bestie, Honey Wheeler. I learned that it’s okay to be who you are and not change simply because you don’t want kids to make fun of you. What do mean little girls know, anyway? Um, not really anything. So, a bookworm I stayed.
Eventually, I grew up and went to junior high and high school. My social life changed. I was no longer an outsider, I had a healthy circle of friends. But I always retained my love of reading. And because I have read so much, I know what it takes to write a good book. So, basically, you could say that reading has given me my livelihood. Being a reader has made me a writer. Continually reading even now makes me a better and better writer. And being a writer is something that I am thankful for every day.
I’m thankful for good books for so many reasons. I have cultivated that love of reading in my daughter- she’s a bookworm too and proud of it. So, my message today is, READ. It does a body good.
To read what some of my YA writerly friends have to say on this topic, visit here.
Have a good weekend, everyone!