Blooming Through Books
I don’t know why no one reads books anymore except if it is a fictional series, but don’t get me wrong, I love The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games, but modern culture does not see books as a way to grow into a better person. (Good job if you already like reading, and it already helps you, you will probably sympathize with me then 🙂 )
Role Models in Books
Books are an amazing way to grow as a woman. In novels especially you see an amazing perspective of a person, which helps you connect with them. In life we cannot see what a person is thinking, but in a book you can… So you have a huge advantage in getting to know the character. And if she is a character that has qualities that you would like to have, or if the character is striving towards qualities that you also are striving toward. Use that character as a role model then! Use his or her experiences to aid you in your attempts.
For example in the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, I have always loved Amy March— the youngest (4th) girl of the family— because when I first read the book in 6th grade I connected with her right away. We both loved drawing, and I was around her age at that time, and we struggled with selflessness. Also, Amy was very pretty so naturally I liked to think that people thought that I was very pretty too. But throughout the book Amy grows, and even though she learns the hard way, she becomes selfless, which inspired and still inspires me to reach my goal of being selfless.
Another example is Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series. One difference between Amy is that I did not like Hermione immediately, because, let’s face it, even though we love her now, Hermione was really annoying in the beginning. But slowly by the end of the first book I LOVED Hermione. I connected with Hermione on different things than with Amy, but still I connected with her. I could seriously write books on how much I love Hermione, but a SUPER SUMMARIZED version: she is loyal, brave, smart, she loves all creatures (e.g. spew, or S.P.E.W. for Hermione :P) But the strongest claim to being a role model for me is her ability to be an amazing friend. Friendships carry us through life, and I want to carry people, and be carried when I need it. Hermione’s friendship moves me to strive to be an amazing friend like her.
Here is a list of some of my favorite books that help me grow:
**This list includes books that I read when I was younger, but that are timeless, so even though they are children’s books don’t blow them off, because I see different things every time I read them. Oh, I LOVE re-reading books because of this, it is so cool to realize what you missed and you understand the book so much better and it is just mind-blowing, so re-read any books that you love especially the ones that you read when you were younger.
Just in case you are not convinced, here is a quote from Caddie Woodlawn:
Now you have to be convinced because this is a book that I read in the 5th grade! I mean this quote is AMAZING and if you never re-read or read children’s books you won’t read fantastic things such as this quote.
- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
- The Spear, The Quiet Light, The Restless Flame and other novels by Louis de Wohl
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Hard Times by Charles Dickens
- Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Little Women, Good Wives, and Joe’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- Til We Have Faces, and The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
- The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- and many more that I cannot remember……