Growing up in the countryside limited my experience with different types of activities most children do, so instead of going to playgrounds and play tennis, volleyball or other sports and games, I became a bookworm. My grandfather opened a window towards fantastic territories with the stories he used to tell me even before I learned how to read. But when I learned the alphabet and how to connect the letters, I became amazed at all the places I could visit and all the things I could do while holding a book in my hands.
I was fascinated, and I still am, even though, most people prefer watching movies instead of reading a 500 pages book. I find myself in all characters, and I can see them in front of me every time I turn the page. Reading a book makes me be in the story in a more intensive way than any movie could.
Yesterday I finished reading the diary of Anne Frank. I must admit that, immediately I wanted to start reading Madame Bovary, written by Gustave Flaubert, but the feeling that Anne Frank gave me was still present. Therefore, I decided to give it time to leave me.
If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
I knew what kind of story Anne Frank was going to tell me even before I started the book since I have visited the place she was describing. I was there last year, but while reading the book the feeling that I am in that building was even stronger than when I actually was.
The fact that the book was written by a child made me think it would be less engaging than it was. Anne Frank, a Jewish girl from Holland who unfortunately did not survive the Holocaust was transmitting the feeling that a grown-up woman is capable of having. I am a 27 years-old writer and I was completely amazed by every page of that book, finding myself, and then losing myself in the story every time I turned a page.
The manner everything was described in the diary of this unfortunate girl made me have hope that she would survive the disaster even though I knew the ending. I had known her story before I started the book, but she managed to transmit her feelings in such an incredible manner that I believed she had a chance.
I have always learned something from books. Many of them had an impressive contribution to how my imagination developed, how my manner of having a conversation changed from subject to subject or how my idea about the world and history was built. However, some books have a great impact on your personality and on the way you see life.
I recently moved to London, and the amount of changes overwhelmed me so much that I began feeling down and having the impression a depressive period is just around the corner. Stepping out of your comfort zone is not as easy as people say it is.
Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
But then I read what Anne Frank was dealing with during the war and how she felt about it, and that made me feel ridiculous about complaining so much when life gets a little bit harder. I managed to smile even though I had a bad day, and I could even make my partner smile when he was down. I was completely positive even when I was in the pouring rain, even when I got bad news from the bank, and even when I did not pass a job interview.
Every book helps me discover a little part of me that I usually forget, but this book reminded me that being a dreamer and having your feet on the ground at the same time is possible.
This morning I began reading Madame Bovary, but to be honest, part of me still thinks about Anne Frank, though I am sure that, by the end of Flaubert’s story, I will rediscover another forgotten piece of me.
I could talk and write about books all day long. However, sometimes this is difficult since most people stopped reading way before they began loving it. If I could give advice to people all over the world, I would tell them to spend just a small part of their days reading. This way, they will be able to “see places,” “meet people”, “go back in time” while discovering the world and themselves.