Owning the Home of Your Dreams

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My husband promised me that by the end of the year, we can move back to Anniston and live there for good. I was very happy with this news because I really loved to go back to my hometown. And since I am as excited as I could be, I asked him if I could go ahead and check out for vacant apartment buildings in Anniston where we could move in to, come the right time. He said yes, and so I went and searched.

I want to live in an apartment because it is a convenient place to live in, as long as it is in a quiet and safe neighborhood. After all, it’s just me and him right now. We are still quite young and we decided to hold off on the kids until I was ready. So, I want a simple home that has a spare room for when the time comes that we did have a child. I also want to be green in the sense that it should be filled with flowers and trees and bushes and all that garden stuff, but only as little ornaments around the apartment. I am not a green thumb but I love plants. Having a good garden would have been lovely but since I do not have the talent for it, I can settle for tiny plants in pots for our apartment.

As I was scouting an area in Anniston that I am familiar with, I saw an apartment that I deem would be just right for me and my husband. Something more lovely was the fact that it was near a public library.

Another thing I love most more than anything are books. They make up half my life, collecting and reading and reliving them in my mind. Books are a fun way to play with ones imagination as well as learn a lot of things.

I am a certified bookworm and when the time comes, I want my son or daughter to be a book lover too. The apartment I saw would be perfect for that goal. The library is only a few meters away, and my future child or children could easily walk towards it. the neighborhood is also very welcoming and people have been very warm and friendly even when I was still scouting the area for a possible apartment to live in.

I immediately contacted the owner and we met up to discuss the terms of the house. I was pleased that it was in our budget range, and so I asked if I could see what’s inside.

After the tour, we talked and I agreed to his terms as long as he would also make sure that the areas where some problems were seen would be fixed by the time we moved in.

Now we are living in the apartment and we are never leaving this place ever again.

 

Why Read Books?

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When was the last time you had a book in your hand while sitting comfortably in your reading chair? When was the last time you visited a library, just for the pleasure of reading a good book, and not because you have a research to do?

Maybe you just forgot how important it is to have a good read, every now and then. I shall remind you of why it is important to keep on reading, despite your hectic schedule. And, if you have never loved reading books in the first place, then hopefully, the following reasons will be good enough for you to start reading.

Mental Stimulation

If you ever found yourself taking it longer to comprehend things, and if you’re imagination has begun to dwindle, then this is because you have been reading fewer books. If you do not know yet, reading books stimulates the mind. As a result, you will become quicker and more skilled in imagining things that needed to be achieved. In the long run, reading books can help you prevent memory loss and diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This is because when you keep on reading a good book, then your mind will never have a dull moment. Thus, it will remain sharp and it will continue to function even as you age.

Also, do not ever think that reading thousands of Facebook Updates and Tweets is enough reading for mental stimulation. As I said, GOOD reading is the key, and good reads in social media are very difficult to come by. A classic book is always better.

Stress Reduction

Just reading a good book will let you get off your worries for the day, thus, erasing the negative vibes and stress of whatever problems you may have. The happy thoughts that could come out from good reading will always be an effective means to remember that there could be so much worse things. It could remind you that you are blessed, and it could remind you that things will sooner take a happier turn and that you should just stay stressed free in order to attract the happy vibes.

Knowledge

Of course, books are for knowing a lot of things, or for remembering the things that you might have forgotten. No matter the genre of the book you are reading, somewhere along those lines and pages is a new food for your thought that you might just use someday.

Vocabulary

In relation to gaining more knowledge is learning new words. Increasing vocabulary does not only mean the English language, although this could make the vast majority. There are also chances of learning simple phrases from different languages, and who would not want to speak a little Spanish or French every once in a while?

There are plenty more benefits for book reading, if you want to find out more, find out for yourself and start reading a good book now.

Bookworm Diaries: How I Came to Love Books and Reading

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I was not the prettiest in class, nor was I tall, academically excellent, or anything extraordinary. I was, average.

And maybe, I was not meant to be as insecure as those made to feel that they were even lower than average. However, I did feel an insecurity that I masked through showing a tougher exterior. Where did I get the tough exterior?

From the many books I have read as my childhood made a wonderful roller coaster journey.

When I first got hold of my first set of fairy tale books that my dad gave me, when I turned the first page of The Emperor’s New Clothes, I remember fairly well how a peasant boy was able to make a fool out of even the most powerful person in their land.

Fairy tales made me believe that life is full of possibilities. It taught me a lot of moral lessons too, which I live by up to today. Respecting the elders, Believing in the goodness of people, and never giving up on your dreams.

My parents saw my love for my books and they fully supported my passion. My father started buying me books, and what started out as a set of books, turned into an entire wall of books, ranging from fairy tales to Goosebumps, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and many more. I had my own mini-library in my very own room.

Up to this day, I continue to be passionate about books and I plan to pass this passion to my children. I also wish that other parents would do the same.

Books are important in a child’s life because they are a means of escape from reality. They bring a certain level of happiness to readers, because the ending is always a happy one. They will give your children comfort that at the end of every story, is a good and happy ending. I know this for a fact because this comfort is what got me through my life.

When I got comforted by the stories I read, I started being more excellent in school. I got better grades and I became more socially confident. The notion that bookworms are anti-social people are not that true, if you choose it to not be true. Meaning, instead of imprisoning myself in other realities that the books have to offer, I used those alternate stories in order to improve myself in the real world. Their stories became my inspiration to become a better person, not just for my parents and for everybody that supports me, but most especially for myself.

Books are gifts that should be treasured. Make sure you do not let the importance of books die, especially now when everything has become so hi-tech.