Reading: A Lifetime Love Affair

26 January, 2018 7 comments

My love affair with reading began from the moment I learned how to read as a young child.

Although I was a bit slow as a toddler in regards to when I began walking and talking, I was one of the first in my age to master reading. One of my favourite memories from elementary school is when my sister’s 5th grade class paired with my 2nd grade class to read to us, and I was a stronger reader than almost every kid in her class (with the exception of my sister, a truly intelligent individual).

A love of reading is one of the best gifts you can bestow upon a child and it’s important that this love be taught early on so that it can influence our lives and make us better people. Without literacy we would be lost and thus, without reading we would be lost. I can’t imagine living in a world where reading wasn’t a large part of my life.

There are multiple reasons to read: for comprehension, for education, for personal development and for pure entertainment and joy. I personally have four favourite genres and as a lifestyle and book blogger at Living Life with Joy I read and review multiple books a month as part of my regular content.

Positive words and ideas often provide motivation for people to take action to improve themselves and their lives.

My favourite genres are: romantic comedies, cozy mysteries, women’s fiction, and more recently I’ve grown to love personal development & business books.

When selecting a book my main intent is to select a book for one of two reasons: for entertainment or for personal development. When I write a book review and provide a rating out of 5 stars, my rating is strictly based on how much I enjoyed the book and if I was happy that I took the time to read it. It personally bothers me that some book reviewers nit-pick and review books read for entertainment as if they were a college professor grading a mid-term worth half your class grade. If you’re reading a book for educational purposes then yes by all means nit-pick away, but if you’re reading for enjoyment you should focus more on if the book resonated with you and if you enjoyed the story.

Last year I read 80 books and most fell within my four favourite categories: 40 chick-lit, 17 cozy mystery, 15 women’s fiction, 5 personal development, and 3 memoir.

This year my goal is to read at least 2 personal development books a month and I’ve got a promising line-up of books which I purchased during a Barnes and Noble sale at the end of last year.

If you’re interested in getting into personal development books here’s a list of 5 that I read last year that resonated with me that I highly recommend:

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  2. The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
  3. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  4. Finding FabYOUlous by Melissa Venable
  5. Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab

Reading encompasses a portion of my everyday life. I read during my lunch break, I read in the evening after dinner, before bed, and I even read in the tub when I take a bath! I enjoy reading books and magazines and it’s a rare occasion to find me without a book or iPad (using the Kindle app) in my hands. When I read magazines I find myself taking note of celebrity quotes that inspire me and I enjoy sharing those on both Instagram and my blog.

Positive words and ideas often provide motivation for people to take action to improve themselves and their lives. The power of the written word is one of the most incredible things in this world and reading is the catalyst to inspiration that oftentimes leads to greatness. Writers and authors that provide us with quality reading material are leaders in self-reflection and education.

I can’t imagine living in a world where reading wasn’t a large part of my life.

When sharing book reviews on my blog, I’m often asked if I have aspirations to become an author myself. My answer used to be maybe, but over the past three years blogging, and after reading Diana Raab’s novel ‘Writing for Bliss’, I’ve realized that writing a book would be an exciting adventure. After all, reading is one of the greatest joys in life and to create a novel that others can read would be one of the greatest achievements.

Guest post by Arielle Joy

Arielle is a lifestyle blogger at She believes that a joyful mindset can be found through good books, beauty, food, and living each day to the fullest! Arielle can be found here:

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Veronica 29 January, 2018 - 2:37 pm

I agree, reading is more than just enjoyable, there are so many benefits of it. I still go to the library to this day, even though we have access to so much through the internet.

Christine 29 January, 2018 - 3:32 pm

I read to my kids every evening, since they were just a few months old. I count myself lucky to have munchkins who love books… and I couldn’t agree more that we as parents should start nurturing the love of books at a tender age. Nothing more powerful that intelligence. Great post xx

Sheena 29 January, 2018 - 8:05 pm

Great guest post. I love reading as well. Although, I struggle to find time for leisurely reading. I’m interested m the Writing for Bliss book. I will check it out.

Rawlings sunday 30 January, 2018 - 6:19 am

I love reading a lot. From books articles, blogs and so forth. I read to invest in myself, to help me grow in every area of my life. Reading gives me deep exposure and insight. Thanks..

maria 30 January, 2018 - 12:12 pm

Thanks for the recommendations. This is the second time Ive included read more books in my New Year’s resolutions. I have lots of books just waiting for me to read. I’m currently finishing Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children.

GG 30 January, 2018 - 10:40 pm

I always enjoyed reading but always got distracted by other things too easily. Last year I really committed to it and I love it. I read more books last year than ever and I learned a lot from each one.

One of the books was the biography of Warren Buffett and it also talks about how Dale Carnegie’s books influenced him, so that’s definitely something that on my reading list for this year.

nikhila 1 February, 2018 - 6:26 am

Loved reading this write-up! A truly great one indeed. I’m also glad that reading plays a big part in my life.


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