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Why read?

I've always had a passion to read.  I want to share this essay you, so you can share the depth of my love for reading.  (I enjoy teaching reading to children, because I believe each book takes them on their own adventure.)

I admit it, I am a book addict. Rapunzel; the book that got me hooked on reading. Every night, before my mom and I went to sleep, she would read Rapunzel to me. I would try to listen to the words and try to match up the letters to the words. During the day, I would spend hours reading that book -- trying to memorize the words. Then, one night, I reversed our roles; I started reading the book to my mom. She was amazed. I was so excited that my mom was proud of me. That excitement was the seed that grew into my love for reading.
I read anywhere and everywhere I could. I enjoyed traveling to other worlds and times through just the pages of a book. Once, my parents could not find me at home, though they had searched every room. It was not until my mother noticed a desk cabinet open that they found me hidden inside, a Winnie the Pooh book clutched in my hands.
I remember those late nights, during middle and elementary school, where I would hide under the blanket with a flashlight and a book. It would be thundering outside, and lightening would brighten up the room, but I felt safe underneath the blanket with my mystery book. Whenever I had any spare time, I read as much as I could- I never went anywhere without a book in hand.
In high school, I fell in love with the Agatha Christie series. I loved reading about Hercule Poiret and Miss Marple. Those were my favorite detectives. Unlike the other mystery books I read, I could never guess how the mystery was solved. For that reason, Agatha Christie's books intrigued me even more. I also looked up to Agatha Christie as role model. I thought she was a fascinating person, who not only wrote great mysteries, but was a participant of many archaeological digs. I wanted to be just like her. I wanted to make discoveries of the unknown past.
However, as I grew older, other books resonated with me in stronger, more complex ways. There was Amy Tan's "Joy Luck Club." Through the book, I learned how the children of immigrants cope with their immigrant parents. Although Tan wrote about Asian families, I could see a lot of the similarities between Asian families and Middle Eastern families – families like my own. Many of the culture challenges the younger generation faces against the older generation are the same. I related to many of the character's in Tan's books.
Besides Tan's Joy Luck Club, there was also Charles Dicken's "A Tale of Two Cities." I thought it was the best classic romance that I had ever read. Just like Lucy Manette, I dreamt of a love who would sacrifice his life just for me. Then, there were John Grisham's mysteries, like "The Pelican Brief," and Patricia Cornwell's "Scarpetta" series. Those mysteries always amused me, much like the Agatha Christie series had years before, Unlike Ms. Christie’s work, however, I could solve Grisham’s thrillers with greater ease than could his protagonists.
Reading has been a major part of my life. Reading helped grow my passion for writing. Before attending graduate school, I wrote for a career. I worked at two newspapers, the Desert Sun, and the Sandusky Register, as an education and city government reporter. Once I get my doctorate, I want to start writing books as well. However, more importantly, I want to pass on my love for books to other students. Reading will help take students to many fascinating, astonishing places , while also revealing more about the world in which they live.