Leaving Harry…

Clare Vaterlaus Reading What she saw

When I was little, my mother refused to read me Dr. Seuss books…For good reason. She tried to read them to us, but every 5 seconds we would say whats a lumix, what’s a sneedle, what’s a fiffer-feffer-feff? She couldn’t take it, and I don’t blame her. She continued with books like the Box Car kids, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, and then we hit the infamous Harry Potter era. Need I say more? I became obsessed and I could not leave HP alone, I grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Through the years they were the only books I would read, I have read them and listened to them at least 14 times each. I suffered from Harry Potter Syndrome.The trio and I would go on adventures to the Chamber of Secrets, we would fight off dementors. I have never hated someone more than I did Professor Umbridge, and her disgusting pink outfits. I learned what snogging was, I dreamed that one day I would get that letter. I was with them in the end when we defeated the Dark Lord (Spoiler alert #sorrynotsorry). I had not expanded my literary library, but had stuck to what was safe, I already knew the ending. Once I got to college I figured I had no time to read anything but text books. Now that I am graduated I am still trying to find excuses to not read. I am learning as I work and have networked with others around Boise, that it is important to be well-read. So here I am on a journey to read to help me be a better person, and to help me in my career. I am on a journey to learn more and go to places I have never been. I have been working on the 65 books to read in your 20’s, because I am a twenty-something with a lot to learn. I have made it through a few books and finding that I ENJOY reading, and find myself unable to put the book down. I don’t know if I will make it through all 65 books, let’s be honest I still prefer television and the Walking Dead is still on. In college I worked at an After School Program where I got to read to elementary kids, and I developed a passion and love for Dr. Seuss. He says it perfectly, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Check out my book page to see which ones I have read and if they are worth it or not…

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