One of the best parts about being out of school is the Summer Reading Program in your local library. Their themes may be different: Reading is Fun, Jump into a Good Book, Reading is an Adventure, —but they all have a wonderful thing in common: they encourage kids to explore the world around them by reading.
Where else can you take a journey into your imagination of endless possibilities? Whether you read for knowledge, adventure, escape, fun, entertainment, exploration … reading a book is a passport to somewhere new and exciting.
In a perfect world, when you open a book, you are transported somewhere both new and familiar … but with an exciting twist or ten.
Time travel books may take you into a future you hadn’t anticipated, but would love to explore or may thrust you into the past where you will have to learn how to navigate life without electricity and devices to simplify your life.
(Just how did kids wash the dishes without a dishwasher or even without plumbing piping hot water to their kitchen sinks?) 🙂
Some books explore problems you may face on a different scale—bullying, illness, peer pressure, having to save the world, or a best friend from some awful circumstance. Reacting to situations in a way that allow you to explore different scenarios from the safety of your bedroom, living room couch, or the backseat of your car—is it better to punch a bully in the nose or come up with a creative solution to where you both get what you want?
Every book has conflicts—how the main character reacts and solves them (or doesn’t) propels readers on in the journey to resolution. Some readers find heroes to emulate or figure out that a different solution might be what is necessary to make their own life’s story have a satisfying ending.
Some books thrust you into a world of magic, where mirrors allow you to communicate, cars fly you from one adventure to another, a magic wand helps you escape from an evil wizard—the possibilities are endless.
Is non-fiction your thing? Any number of interesting science experiments can be achieved by following instructions in a book. Cooking and craft books are a great source of learning new skills.
Learning how to make homemade ice cream or root beer popsicles on a hot summer day seems a refreshing way to spend a morning. 🙂
Great adventures come in all shapes and sizes.
Some journeys are physical—getting the magic amulet back to its rightful owner while being chased by an ogre or racing through the Rocky Mountains by horse drawn wagons before winter hits so that the pioneers aren’t stranded in shoulder deep snow.
Maybe the journey is emotional: righting a wrong that shouldn’t have happened or figuring out how to prepare to live life without a mother or father or best friend who is losing their fight with cancer?
The best books are a mix of many things: wonder, horror, crazy circumstances, overcoming obstacles, physical and emotional limits– met and exceeded — by sheer willpower and courage to overcome because failure is NOT an option.
Books that make you both laugh and cry, hold your breath as you root for your hero or heroine to persevere through impossible odds, journey on because there is no turning back—those books are the ones that will break your heart and strengthen your resolve to live a purposeful life.
Those are the books that will whisper courageous words to you when real life throws you a curve ball you weren’t expecting.
And they can all be found at your local library or book store, or at home on your favorite reading device. Jump into a good book today—Reading IS an Adventure.
Laugh lots … Love much … Write on! 🙂
When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, three adorable granddaughters, two adventurous grandsons, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the GINNIE WEST ADVENTURE series.