Every night, after dinner and homework, my brother and I would read out loud to my father for 45 minutes to an hour. It was during this time that I was introduced to the classics... War of the Worlds, Tom Sawyer, Swiss Family Robinson, David Copperfield, and Huckelberry Finn. Reading to him Monday through Friday night, taught us to pause at commas, stop at periods, maintain a good reading tempo, and, of course, entertain my father for an hour. Secretly, I think he grabbed the opportunity to just get the two of us to read to him every night. Whatever the case may be, I'm eternally grateful for the fact that it was part of our school year routine.
I carried this love, actually, obsession with reading with me into high school, college and beyond. I think it was the underlying reason why I started a blog 3 years ago...so people would have something to read.
Since it opened, I have been stopping by The Book Shop in Ball Square (most recently on Sunday) to browse around and reconnect with tangible stories. I forget, sometimes, in my technological world how much I love books and how pristine they look when you first buy them. I'm so happy that Gil has brought this awesome place to Ward 5 and highly encourage all of my readers to stop by and take advantage of the many opportunities to sneak away from life one page at a time!