To Be an Author

What book has changed your life?

Yeah, while I was in school, reading for pleasure was probably one of the last things I’d think about. The only books I read out of my own free will were probably the Harry Potter series books, with a couple of exceptions.

But finally, after graduating from college, I was thrust into the real world and realized something. While I’m not working, my time is entirely up to me as to how I spend it.

I don’t know why I picked up the books that I did. It was probably because somebody mentioned or recommended them to me. But I thought to myself,

“You know, I never really read that one or really looked into it…
…Now I kinda feel like I’m missing out”

I started reading some books I had always been curious about; either a friend told me about it or had heard it frequently mentioned. The first one I remember that I started to regularly read on my commutes on the Orange Line was The Devil in the White City. The book was incredibly well written and very dense with information.

It takes place during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and tells the story of Daniel Burnham working against all odds to finish the project on time and to his team’s original vision. At the same time, it jumps to the life of a mysterious pharmacist, Dr. H. H. Holmes, elusive with the authorities and a charmer with the ladies. The two stories intertwine and paint a vivid picture of Chicago at that time.

While reading it, it was so easy to get engrossed in the pages. I would finish sections at a time and really be transported to world created in these pages, and feel a deeper connection with the characters in the story.

Reading was definitely not a priority of mine before. But now I’ve realized that I’ll be a student for life.

Reading is an activity in which the reader is fully in-tune with the author. Every word the author writes is transmitted directly to the reader. An author strips their soul bare for the reader to either deeply connect with their work, or dismiss it as too boring or irrelevant.

Reading opens new doors to completely novel concepts I had never even considered. The author’s experiences bleed through their words and get processed in my brain and I start to build new neural connections that I’ll be able to think back on whenever I read something new that might remind me of what I’ve read.

I want to use this blog to share good content with you, my reader.

I want to share with you all the good things I’ve learned so far to hopefully share with you my journey to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.

My problem is that sometimes I have twenty ideas going on in my head at the same time that I want to share, and it’s hard to express them effectively. Sometimes, I get too bogged up on making it perfect that I end up… not producing anything.

By the way, The Devil in the White City wasn’t my life changing book of 2016.

The book that changed my life in 2016 was The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm.

I recommend it to all my friends whenever books, love, life, or familiar concepts from the book arise. Maybe I’ll write a mini-book review promoting it in the future. For now, look it up, and I’ll try to post more regular updates. Thanks for reading

-JV 01/12/2017

P.S. I’d love to hear from you and any books that have deeply impacted your life that you’d like to share.