July 21, 2007. I had never really cared for my birthday, but this year was different. This year I realized how incredibly nerdy I was as I waited for my birthday simply so I could read the newest Harry Potter book. The book had already been accidentally released to a handful of people before July 21 and I was so anxious to read it. That morning I woke up and raced up the stairs to eat breakfast. I wanted to get to a bookstore as fast as possible. My family greeted me with a chorus of "happy birthdays."
"So when can you drive me to the bookstore?" I asked.
"Ummm....." my mom pretended to respond. "Maybe later. Let's do something fun for your birthday!"
Honestly, I don't remember a single thing from that point on in the day. I remember being pretty annoyed that I couldn't spend my birthday how I wanted, which would be curled up in my bedroom with the book.
After dinner, my family brought out a gift for me to open. I unwrapped a small, brown postal box that read "Do not open before July 21." Inside, of course, was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." FINALLY! My family explained that they had wanted to spend some time with me before I got wrapped up in the book so they made me wait until evening to open it.
Reading has always been an integral part of my life. My parents taught me to love reading since I was born. I think the best thing they could have done though was to be consistent. We tried to read from "The Book of Mormon" every night and that instilled in me a habit and a love of reading. I definitely feel that reading, whether it be Mormon literature, Harry Potter, or anything in between, has changed my life and has made me who I am today.