YA Indie Carnival: What Reading Teaches Me

20 Jan

Happy Friday!

Today’s YA Indie Carnival topic is… What Reading Teaches Me.

This one is easy.  Reading can teach you everything.

When I was a little girl, I lived on my grandparents’ farm.  When I was in grade school, the other kids teased me a lot- because I lived with my grandparents, because my grandparents dressed me like… well, like a grandparent would, and because kids are just mean.

What did I do?  I retreated into books.  And I learned about other kids through books.  I learned about the healthy relationships that friends can have though  Trixie Belden and her bestie, Honey Wheeler.  I learned that it’s okay to be who you are and not change simply because you don’t want kids to make fun of you.  What do mean little girls know, anyway?   Um, not really anything.   So, a bookworm I stayed.

Eventually, I grew up and went to junior high and high school.  My social life changed.  I was no longer an outsider, I had a healthy circle of friends.   But I always retained my love of reading.  And because I have read so much, I know what it takes to write a good book.  So, basically, you could say that reading has given me my livelihood.  Being a reader has made me a writer.  Continually reading even now makes me a better and better writer.  And being a writer is something that I am thankful for every day.

I’m thankful for good books for so many reasons.  I have cultivated that love of reading in my daughter- she’s a bookworm too and proud of it.   So, my message today is, READ.   It does a body good.   🙂

To read what some of my YA writerly friends have to say on this topic, visit here.

Have a good weekend, everyone!


3 Responses to “YA Indie Carnival: What Reading Teaches Me”

  1. Patti Larsen January 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Yes, Courtney–exactly! So happy to hear you’re raising another generation with the same passion!

  2. Amy Jones January 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Well said Courtney! My son is a chip off the old block too. Maybe too much so… He got in trouble for reading a book during his Math class the other day. Of course, as the responsible parent I informed him that he needs to focus on his Math lesson during Math class, but I in truth I can’t really blame him. I always hated Math! LOL!

  3. Suzy Turner January 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    It must be lovely to have a child that you can encourage to read as well. If I’d had kids, it would be one of the most important lessons I would have taught them.
    Great post Courtney!

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