Reading is dreaming with eyes open

Reading. A simple word, though it means so much more, not only to me, but to millions of bookworms around the world. We all have stories to tell, of our first favorite book, of the time we met our favorite author, etc., but what does reading actually mean? Well, as a welcoming first post, I would like to share how reading has impacted my life and why its so important to me.

I've always been an avid reader. I grew up with an uncanny love for literature, burying my nose in Roald Dahl, Holly Black, Cressida Cowell, essentially any novel I could get my hands on. I can't remember what book actually got me into reading, though I don't think it matters. Towards the end of elementary school, I spent time in the library as a library aid, shelving books and helping the librarian with her duties. I fell in love with libraries, fell in love with the papery smell of old books carefully shelved. I really got into the classics, reading Poe and Shakespeare as a twelve year old, though, admittedly, I don't remember much of those stories.

In middle school was where I really found love in books. In sixth grade, I had very little friends. I was that shy kid in the back of the class. I befriended the librarian at my school, who turned out to be the mother of one of my very close future friends. When I would finish my work early, I would ask my teacher if I could go to the library. I would check out the depressing limit of two books and bury my nose in the stories. I would stay up long nights reading, growing into books such as The Maze Runner and Pendragon. I think those two series in particular got me into YA literature.

From YA literature, I found BookTube, and my life was changed. I spent hours watching book nerds like me enthuse about their favorite stories. Soon, I wanted to try a BookTube of my own. In the summer of my eighth grade year, I started Anna the Bibliophile. I didn't have a camera, so I used my iPhone to film in front of a single bookcase. Though I've privated most of my videos from then, I fell in love with the community. I branched out later, starting a Bookstagram and a blog, though it all started with BookTube, all started with me picking up another book from the library.

Now, I'm a sophomore in high school. Though my schedule is tight, my love for reading has not dimmed. I still maintain my BookTube, Bookstagram, and blog(even though I should post more on all of them). I have made a lot more friends in these past few years, and I'm grateful for every one of them.

So, that's my reading journey, from small child to young adult. It may sound cheesy, but I don't regret the times of loneliness, because it made me into who I am today. I'll always be that girl with her nose in a book, but I've learned to embrace that role.

Published by Anna Hargett