Celebrating a love of reading

So everyone by now has probably figured out I am a sports nut (or nerd, geek, pick your adjective), but this week I can also celebrate my other passion - reading.
Sep 18, 2013
Kimberly Jordan

So everyone by now has probably figured out I am a sports nut (or nerd, geek, pick your adjective), but this week I can also celebrate my other passion - reading.

I have loved to read since I was a child. To be honest, I don't think there is a genre from where I haven't read at least one book. I like mysteries, fantasy, historical - you name it.

Everybody has their favorites, and if you look at my bookshelf, you are going to see a lot of mysteries and science fiction. You will see comics alongside classics like J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Any C.S. Lewis fans out there? Well you'll be happy to know "The Chronicles of Narnia" are prominently displayed.

I will never be able to earn a lot of money with any of the books I own even if I wanted to sell them. I read them all so much that, in many cases, the spines are cracked and the pages are yellowing. Some people collect books because of their monetary value, but I collect books because I enjoy curling up on the couch and spending the evening immersed in whatever story is being told.

We recently did away with our satellite service in my house, and I can say in all seriousness I haven't missed it. When I am not spending time with my husband or our two dogs, you can pretty much place bets I will be reading a book. The fun part is guessing which one.

In celebration of Imagination Library Week this week, I am going to share my love of reading with pre-kindergarten students at Southside Elementary School. The hardest part of said visit is, of course, going to be working on my speaking voice.

I don't necessarily pride myself on my ability to speak in public. Yes, I can talk in casual conversation. Yes, I do sometimes do recordings for work. However, when you are trying to keep the attention of preschoolers I think the speaking voice matters. You just picture a room full of children who want all the characters to have different sounding voices. Well, an actress I am not, so that probably won't happen. I'm just going to enjoy sharing one of my favorite activities with youngsters.

When our editor asked each of us in the newsroom if we would like to participate by reading to a class, all of us said yes. Those who have already had their reading experience this week said that they really enjoyed it. I'm feeling pretty confident that I will too when Friday morning arrives.

I am still facing the problem of what to read. The volunteers of Books from Birth sent over a stack of possible books to choose from, but I just didn't get that "I really want to read this" feeling from any of the options. I am hoping to find a copy of "Where the Wild Things Are" because that was one of my favorites as a child.

Good speaking voice or not, I am prepared to go and share an activity that I love with the next generation, and hope that some of them feel the same way I do when they get older.

Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat's general assignment reporter. Email her at kimberly.jordan@lebanondemocrat.com or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom

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