I've always had a love and passion for reading. I like to follow other peoples stories. I like to know that I'm not alone, so I always try to find something in characters that are a little like me.
When I was in high school, my friend Carlotta suggested I read the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" books. Once I started, I couldn't stop. I loved the way they were written, I loved how it defined true friendship. I loved how each of the four girls were facing their own unique challenges..and I loved that even though they were all so different, I saw a little of myself in each of them. Shy and cautious like Lena, easily hurt with a big heart like Carmen, sarcastic and misunderstood like Tibby, and curious and a little lost like Bridget. Over the past four years since the final book in the series was released, I've thought about these characters from time to time. Did Bridget ever find true happiness? Did Carmen make it big? Did Tibby get over her angsty phase? Did Lena and Kostos finally get together?
Ann Brashares, the genius behind the series, answered my questions when she released Sisterhood Everlasting. I have wanted to get my hands on it since I found out about it, I just "didn't have time". See, ever since I've gotten a job, I've pushed off reading. Even though it is one of my biggest joys in life, I just simply stopped. I've gone through countless books in the past seven months, but only read a chapter or two before my mind has jumped and gotten distracted. This past weekend, I sat down and read Sisterhood Everlasting...and it made me fall in love with reading again. I found myself immediately investigated in the characters, digging from my memory to link their stories from the original series. My heart went out with them as they face tragedy, love, heartbreak, "finding themselves", something I'm quite used to.
I started the book yesterday afternoon, and I finished it in less than 24 hours. Now I'm excited to start my next book, The First Husband.
There's a deeper meaning here than just reading, kids. When something brings you joy- when you fall in love with it- don't give up on it. Don't push it away. Because at the end of the day it's always going to be there for you.
Have a great week.