My Best Friend Is a Book!


A lot of kids want to be something special. A little girl can wear a cape around her shoulders and pretend to be flying, and for that brief moment in time, she feels as if she’s a superhero.

I never had a chance to play in those more active ways, but it’s amazing when I think about what went on in my head. My friends and I wrote “screenplays” for The Rockford Files and Starsky and Hutch and acted them out. I dreamed about being a female superhero, but would never dare let anyone know that I was dreaming such lofty things. I kept quiet and kept fantasizing that one day I would be changed into something special–some kind of superhero.

It wasn’t until recently that someone started passing the “Reading Is a Superpower” meme around Facebook, and my dream was suddenly fulfilled. I was reading 300-400 page books when we were still reading Signposts and other primary books. I read Gone With the Wind for the first time in third grade. The movie was being shown for the first time on television, and I decided to read it. When I read, I can travel backwards and forwards in time. I read books set in dystopian settings that portray the future as a pretty terrifying place–for example, the Divergent series. (I refuse to read the Hunger Games trilogy until I watch the final movie. I did it in the reverse order I usually do!)

I can travel to other countries that I’d never see in real life, and I can be people that I’d never even get the opportunity to meet. Reading is probably the only thing I can think of I can do well anymore.

I remember when I was young, and we’d have contests to see who could read the most books. My winning was generally a no-brainer (no bragging intended). The county library’s summer reading contest was the only thing that kept me going in those three months.

I read for intellectual stimulation, entertainment, escape, and just because it is the only way I can keep my sanity sometimes. The answer to the question, “Do you need a new book?” will always be yes!” Sorry, diamonds, books are this girl’s best friend!


About lana1967

I'm a Southern girl at heart who wants to build a community of people who believe they can change the world with words like "love" and "freedom" when they become more than words, but actions in our work and our daily lives.
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