As a kid, I literally ruined my eyesight by reading too much. Long after my mom would put me to bed, I'd hide under the covers with a flashlight and read until I fell asleep. I read the entire Sweet Valley High series, the entire Babysitters' Club series, the entire who knows what else. I owned them all. I was really, really proud of my collections.
... but let's not talk about the day I finally decided to let go of them. We lugged them up to Half Price Books and with a massive grin on my face, I told the guy I wanted to sell my prized possessions. We're talking well over 250 books. He offered me $11. ELEVEN DOLLARS. I'm pretty sure I cried that day. I don't remember crying... but there's no way I didn't.
As a college student (undergrad and grad school alike), I was the one nerd who refused to go into a test without having read every. single. word. of the assigned reading. After all, if you were expected to know the material, then you had no excuse if you didn't know it on the test. Apparently, I'm in the minority when it comes to that train of thought. But I still believe that to this day.
Today, after a few post-business school years, I find myself loving to read once again. I read tons of blogs. I read tons of articles posted online about politics, business, society, marketing... and food. And while the rest of the world has picked up on this new fangled iPad/tablet/eReader thing, I still prefer good old fashioned books. And the stack on/in/near/around my nightstand should be proof enough that I have plenty to catch up on.
I've started a recommended reading page on the blog -- websites, blogs, books, etc. -- that I think people may find interesting. It's by no means complete yet (it probably never will be) but you can get a good idea of what I've been reading lately. I'm drawn to motivational, inspirational, kick butt female types these days. I think you'll like some of it.
Are you reading something I need to know about? Let me know! My dangerously tall stack of half-read/unread books could use the company. Lay it on me.