I used to sit at my desk in the back row of Chemistry, Junior year, and read a book or do English homework instead of listening to the lecture.
Now, when you know that I got straight "A"s in Chemistry, that might not seem so bad. On the other hand, I might still be able to remember something I learned that year if I had paid just a little bit more attention.
The truth is, I've always had my nose stuck in a book, whether it be reading or writing, practically from the time I started kindergarten. I love being transported to another world, becoming another person, seeing life and love through their eyes.
When asked what my favorite book is, my answer is usually, "The one I'm reading right now." I know people who are critical as they read books, picking up the mistakes, getting "thrown" out of the story by tense changes or unwieldy Point of View shifts. I, on the other hand, am always so immersed in the tale, I rarely notice any of those things.
9 times out of 10, when I put a book down after reading the last page, it is with disappointment that the story is over.
When all is said and done, it probably won't matter if I remember the molecular composition of chemical compounds or the elements on the periodic table, but I would deeply regret if I lived out my days without ever meeting and getting to know Jean Val Jean.