Do you remember the first time you were able to read a book word for word? Do you remember how proud your kindergarten self was of your new skill? Soon, you were able to read things about dragons, clouds, little kids just like you who went on great adventures. In your imagination, you went right along with them to faraway castles or the Wild West or even the moon.

If you’re like me, one of the most exciting days of the school year was when the book fair came. You went through shelf after shelf looking at illustrations and reading back covers to try to select the book you most wanted to read.

Over time, though, reading becomes a chore. At this point in our lives, reading most often involves research articles and textbooks. The excitement of that new skill has worn off, and reading is nothing more than drudgery.

But what if you could get back the excitement you once felt about reading? One way to do this is just to go to the library and find something that you want to read. Forget about learning something; do this purely for fun. Even if you have to start with Dr. Seuss, go for it. Use reading to spark your imagination and take you out of the world of papers and tests for a while.

In spite of your limited time, I’d like to encourage you to take some time to read just for enjoyment. Maybe you could substitute a book for a movie one night and just see what happens. A book often does the same thing as a movie without providing the soundtrack or visuals. It may rekindle your love for books and open up your imagination to worlds you’d forgotten long ago.