It's kind of funny how 'naked' I feel showing some of my book collection. Because you can really tell a lot about someone by the kind of books they read. Maybe even moreso than any other sort of collection.
I learned to read when I was around 6. I remember my mom taking me to the library for the weekly reading club and I got introduced to Sarah Plain and Tall. Shortly after that I became obsessed with the Magic Tree House books and I still tear up every time I see them on a bookshelf because I really grasped the power of story telling and imagination with those books.
It wasn't long after that the Harry Potter books began to come out and of course I jumped on that band wagon. When I got to 5th grade, my taste in reading developed deeper and I started reading bigger books. First one being Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. And reading that book made me realize that my language could actually be art. And I became really inspired to write my own stories around that time.
All through middle school and high school I always enjoyed English class with reading and writing. I loved studying the English language and seeing all the different ways it could be used. And how expressive storytelling really is. And on top of the reading requirements with those classes, I always read on my own too and took to a lot of fantasy and sci-fi novels - mostly LOTR and the NJO Star Wars series.
As I made my way into my late teens and early 20's, I started to take a really deep interest in psychology and philosophy as I looked for answers during a really hard time in my life. Answers no body could really seem to give me at the time. And honestly, that's what I still gravitate towards the most to understand why the world the way it is.
Reading more has been an active goal for me this year. Because I've let life get in the way of something so solid about me these past few years of life grinding that I almost forgot not only how important it is to me as a person, but how necessary it is to refuel myself to tackle life head on. I really think reading challenges our brains to work in entirely different ways so even after a short 15 minutes of reading, my brain literally feels different. Rewired almost. And reset. I even sleep better when I've given myself that reading time right before sleeping.
Above you'll see me getting excited about my 2 latest editions to my comic/graphic novel collection called Tomb Raider Archives. (I'm a huge Tomb Raider fan. I dedicated a whole week of this project to it if you want to see that here) I have Vol 2 and 3 now and they're HUGE collections of the Top Cow Tomb Raider comics. Most of which I never got the chance to read! I read all the comics of the first volume when they started to come out in 1999 (still need to find that volume somewhere) so I'll be setting some time aside to read these asap. (But they're 400 pages a piece so....) And also, the middle photo being my current book which is Fountainhead by Ayn Rand :]
Anyway, I've been chatting away (again). Congrats if you made it this far :P Feel free to check out the rest of this project at the link below. Only a few more weeks left to go!
PS: After I wrote this and posted it, I remembered this old photo I took way back in 2009 trying to find my way through a lot of things happening. And as usual, I turned to my favorite little things just like now. Nice to know that when things are constantly changing, some thing never really change at all.