An Ode to Books

By: Erin Rose Hennessy 

I love books. I taught myself to read at age three and a half. Books introduced me to the wonders of the English language, the creation of worlds, the spark of imagination and the fine art of escapism.

When I was younger, fiction was definitely my genre. From Babysitters Club to Nancy Drew to Goosebumps, I delved daily into the magical worlds the writers created. 

Now, as much as I adore the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games trilogy and Danielle Steele books, I find myself drawn towards non-fiction. Driven by an insatiable urge to learn, I love reading about and discovering new things. I love that human beings spend their entire lives learning and I never stop soaking it up!

I was asked the other week how many books I read in a year. I haven’t counted, but I imagine it’s somewhere between 50-100. Reading is definitely one of my favorite hobbies. I wonder if part of this is due to being hard of hearing.

Being hard of hearing means understanding spoken words, the television or movies, and even worse, the radio is well, work. I have to make a conscious effort to understand what is being said. Normally, my stubbornness wins and I do it anyway to form social connections and friendships! 

Sometimes, though, just opening a good book and losing myself in it for awhile is the best thing ever. I love the feel of a book in my hands. 

What sort of books do you like to read best? Do you prefer paperbacks or e-books?

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