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I have a voracious appetite for reading. If my nose isn’t stuck in a book, it’s pointed at a news article, blog post, or research material.

It’s a healthy addiction. One I can trace back to the older generation of women in my life.

Mamaw read to me every day when I was little. I curled up in the crook of her knees and laid my head on her hip as she voiced some of the best books ever written to me. HeidiJane EyreGone with the WindTom SawyerLittle Women.

Because of that, I fell in love with books before I could even read.

Mama fed that passion after I moved to Wilmington. I can’t ever remember picking up a book in a store and being told to put it back. Even if I was in trouble, I could have a new book to read.

Most of the women in my life enjoyed reading. Grandma always had a Bible in her hand, and Aunt Sandy had a steady rotation of novels on her nightstand.

Mama Clark likes to read, too. She has a phenomenal collection of horror and crime books. I’ve borrowed a great many of them over the years – as has my brother-in-law and Bug.

Since I’m surrounded by so many people who love reading, it always shocks me when North Carolina pops up among the states who least like to read. Those findings are contrary to my own experience.

All of the North Carolinians I know enjoy a good book every now and again.

How about y’all? Do you enjoy reading?

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  1. Wendy M Rickman wrote:

    I love to read too! There have only been brief periods in my life that I havent had a book near me. I love the smell of books, and the crisp pages of a new book, I love to buy books, especially if I can get them for a deal/steal! It upsets me to think of my grandma’s Mom who couldn’t read or write. It upsets me even more, in this day and age, that there are still illiterate people in the world.

    Published 10.16.23
    • Cassie wrote:

      Same! I’m a sucker for a used bookstore. Thriftbooks.com is probably one of my favorite websites. It’s where I go to get all of my NC reference books. 😉

      Published 10.18.23
  2. I love to read, developed it at a young age. We didn’t have tv until I was12. My love of reading has continued until this day. I just finished a C J Fox book in 3 days and have just started a Harlan Coben novel

    Published 10.20.23
    • Cassie wrote:

      It’s funny that you commented this – I just started a Harlan Coben novel, too! Sometimes I tear through books just like that – others it takes me a few weeks. It just depends on how busy life is at the moment.

      Published 10.21.23