A Young Reader

When I was 10 years old I asked Santa for a diary.

Me at age 11
I got a little blue Care Bears diary with a lock & key. That right there should tell you roughly how old I am (not the Care Bears remake, either - the ORIGINAL).

I diligently wrote very little girl thing that I thought was write down-able. How I felt about my friends, what I did at school, how I felt about my Mom dating, why I thought Strawberry Shortcake was so cool, you know... all the really important stuff.

I knew, just KNEW, that if I didn't put my thoughts on paper, I would be incomplete. I have felt that way ever since. 

My appreciation for words, stories, shared perspectives and imaginative worlds saw no bounds. I tried to write a short story of my own after I read about an 11 year old girl who got a book published. "If her, why not me?" I asked myself. I wrote a dreadful little story about a girl who came home with a bad report card. This had never happened to me before, and so I didn't write a very believable story. When my desire to compete with an 11 year old prodigy author abated, I could not finish it. It is probably still in my "What If?" box in my closet somewhere. 

As many lovers of words know, my thirst for stories was limitless. I read everything I could get a hold of. I read all the books I was supposed to read for academic success (according to my school), many that were not considered suitable for a young reader, and then took stacks of books home from the library every chance I got. 

Books about dogs were some of my favourites. The ones that made me cry were the absolute BEST. I devoured books about kids and teens from all around the world. Anything that made me FEEL something was a hands-down winner.

Here is a list of some of the books that made a significant impact on my reading life:

  • No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • I Am David by Anne Holm
  • Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  • The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • and SO many more 

Readers are not content to stay where they are. They must live and experience other worlds, other people, other challenges... all from the safety of their favourite reading spot. I am so grateful that being a reader and being a writer are so intertwined. There are stories, heartaches and desperate truths that are determined to be told from within me. "You just have to write a book!" people have told me.


For now, I'm reading. I just have to finish this chapter first. After that, who knows??


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