• Danielle

Wait You Don't Read?

One of my goals for 2016 was to read more. I would always be in awe of my friends who tell me they have to call me back because they’re reading, just thinking to myself “Wow they really like reading, like as a hobby”. I never was a reader growing up even my assigned books in school I would barely read the only books I can recall reading cover to cover were A Streetcar Named Desire and The Great Gatsby. Harry Potter, the 50 shades novels that every one was obsessed with, nope never read them or had any desire to needless to say reading just wasn’t my thing TV was. I have to say I was inspired by our very own #TeaWithTiffany to read more. She was always diving in to a new book and feeling enlightened after reading and I wanted just a little taste of that or at least see if I could get excited about reading.

Now I said that my goal for 2016 was to read more well I didn’t let the year pass me by without accomplishing just that. Back in December during a quick trip to LA to look for apartments, after missing my connecting flight home I found myself stranded in the San Francisco airport. Ten hours to spare in the airport until my flight home and I had already caught up on all my favorite shows and didn’t feel like having to comb through Netflix to find something to binge. With all the time in the world to spare after grabbing a bite to eat a woman I was traveling with noticed a bookstore. Now usually I honestly wouldn’t have even noticed the bookstore because uh I don’t read but she insisted, we went in.

Walking in I remembered the goal I set for myself to read more, what a perfect time and place to get started. I didn’t even know where to start, what genre do I look in and “read any good books lately” isn’t usually the topic of conversation for me. I turned and there she was Issa Rae on the cover of her own book Awkward Black Girl. I had just finished watching Insecure and declared myself #TeamIssa even though she was wrong but whatever girl power. Of course I had to get her book and along with it I picked up You Can’t Touch My Hair. Two books I felt so accomplished just taking the first step to even buying a book.

With still about 7 hours to spare I paged through Awkward Black Girl, getting just about half way through before it was time to wait at the gate. It felt so good to be reading I was so excited I kept telling my friends who read. I was actually learning a lot like I need to expand my vocabulary. I can’t tell you how many times I had to Google words because I couldn’t put the context clues together to understand the meaning. Not only did I learn but I was inspired. I liked reading about someone who I felt was just like me. Issa is a Capricorn like me no wonder why I love her and not only that I felt like I grew up with her because a lot of her childhood memories were my own and I could relate.

Although it didn’t happen until December I still achieved my goal of reading. Although this is something people say all the time and probably is the most cliché of the cliché’s but it really is never too late to achieve your goals, dreams and aspirations. Now I’m on my third book and have actually been asking people for recommendations and people have been asking me… can you say #hype. I even got excited when my Amazon order of new books came so I guess you can say I’m a reader now.



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