November 12 was Chicken Soup For The Soul Day, so I decided to take a look back at the series and see what made it a must read for me through so much of my life. And, you have to remember that just because I like this series for certain reasons, others will have their own unique reasons for liking it. For me, it has to do with how the books inspire and many times pick me up when I am down.
Along with the fact that whatever incarnation of the series you are reading seems to be able to relate with you and what you are going through. For some categories in the series, there are multiple incarnations of the books. Making it easier to read more as you are going through whatever category the books covers for you.
It also helps that each story is written in a way to get the message across while not being too long. I speak from having read short stories that are longer than ten pages mind you, and those can be a bit cathartic. With these stories, they are quick and hit hard all at the same time.
It leads to a lot of emotions being felt at once along with the inspiration they strive to give. It also makes it easier to read in intervals while reading a novel at the same time. Along with giving multiple views from others. Some are famous while some are just regular people. It is a nice mix and enables readers to see how we are all connected in many ways.
At the same time, it is nice to be able to read something easily when time is an issue. Whether it is before a class or appointment, or just getting the day started. Some of the stories can be sad, but they also make you think about what is important in life. It is something much needed in this day and age.
Many times we can forget about things while trying to do everything financially we want to. The things that make life enjoyable and feel fulfilling. These stories remind us of that and the feelings that they give us. And, there is a version of the book for people of all walks of life as well. I encourage everyone to find one that fits them and give it a try.
*Tips his hat and walks out the door heading for the bookstore.*.