Reading is a feast!

Why do we read? Reading, of course, is the best way to teach when you are young. I was so fortunate to have a father who pushed me to read at a very young age.  I grasped onto books as much as some grasp onto sports. Something I am happy to report I still love to do.  But why do I read now? I still learn things but that is not my motivation. Reading to me is the ultimate way to escape.  More than any movie or tv show. Music is close but ultimately a song lasts 4 minutes while a book is a feast.   I am cursed with being a super fast reader and if I get into a book I can knock it out in hours. I actually don't like to do that. I like to be in a world for as long as I can. I force myself to slow down. I read a few pages, then close my eyes and make sure I enjoy what I just read.  I will drag a book out for a week just to stay in the world.   To me that is the most enjoyable.  While I do love to physically hold a book and read it I am not a book snob. I can read a book on my tablet and enjoy it just as much as if I am holding it. Over the next few weeks and months I will try to highlight some books and authors that I love.  While I do love me some Harry Potter and Hunger Games I will not be talking about those. They get enough love.  I will hope to show you some of my favorites that you may have never known exist.  READ MORE! READ MORE! Find a good book. Use your library! 

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James Arthur

A children's picture book writer who lives in Texas with his wife and daughter. James lived in Taiwan for two years where he taught English and wrote stories for an international children's magazine.

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