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Student Blog: The Lost Hobby

How I found joy in reading again.

Student Blog: The Lost Hobby

As the first warm days of summer start, and I feel the excitement for possible beach days, picnics, and the like, I realize that sometimes the presence of boredom still surrounds me. I try not to think too much about it because college classes are over and I should theoretically be having the time of my life right now, but sometimes it is difficult to avoid.

A solution I have found for this problem is finding a hobby. I have found a lost hobby that has cured my boredom but still allows for relaxing alone time and an escape to another world. That hobby is reading.

In elementary and middle school, reading books was something I enjoyed almost every day. From Harry Potter to John Green, you rarely saw me without a book in my backpack. When high school hit, it all changed. I did not want to pick up a book at all. I dreaded the ones we had to read for classes, and I was not interested in any new books I saw coming out.

The spark was gone. I did spend a lot of my time with other hobbies like theatre and choir but the desire to pick up a book came and went.

Now the circumstances for how I picked reading back up again was a surprise to me. A few months ago, I decided to watch the Game of Thrones series on HBO. I knew it was very popular and there were mixed reviews on the way the final season ended, but I wanted to see it for myself.

The knights, adventures, battles, as well as the tales of love and loss reminded me of the fantasy driven novels that I used to love reading. That genre pulled me to watch the show even more.

As soon as I finished the last episode, I decided I wanted to read the book series. After all, the translating from pages to screen can get messy where details get lost and is difficult to feel the characters inner most thoughts and emotions.

So, I finally went to my local library and got the first novel of the series: A Game of Thrones. This book has been everything I could have hoped for. It is so enticing to see characters early in the story whereas they were introduced in let us say season 3 or how I can feel more in tune with a character as each chapter goes, the narrator focuses on where they are in their story.

Currently, I am about halfway through the book, and I am eager to finish the series, hopefully before the end of summer.

Sometimes we forget about the things that once brought us joy, but it is vital to remember to not be afraid of digging through the past to find that spark once more. I know that books will always be there for me whether it has been one day or one year since because that joyous feeling will always be the same.

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