This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.
It probably comes as no surprise, but I absolutely adore books! And not just the classics that I teach to my students, which I do love, but chick lit, memoirs, non-fiction, young adult, best sellers, and everything in between. Books open me up to new worlds, many of which I will never have the chance to discover in person, which is why I love to keep my reading list varied.
My love of the written word is why I became a teacher. In fact, my first teaching experience happened when I was just a girl. I was in my room, at the chalkboard hanging on my wall (what, you didn’t have a chalkboard in your room?!), teaching my sister to read, along with all of our stuffed animals. She’d get so frustrated when I called on Freddie the Frog instead of her! Luckily, I’ve gotten better about the way that I call on students.
I’ve always got a book going, and sometimes more than one. The dawn of eBooks has made this even easier, which is why I love my Kindle. I have over 100 books loaded on it at the moment, which makes my heart smile. I was just mentioning to my dad today, that I probably have more books than I can read over the next 5 years, but I am always on a quest to find the next great book.
Reading makes me a better writer, a better thinker, and a better person. It opens my mind, frees my soul, and surrounds my senses. I’m grateful that I have the benefit of books in my world.