Happy Book Lover’s Day!
By Guest Blogger on August 8th, 2012
It’s true — tomorrow is Book Lover’s Day, and Catherine Wang is here to spread the love. How will you be celebrating?
It’s no surprise that we OOMers are major book lovers. So, in honor of Book Lover’s day, I decided to share some tidbits about how the OOM team became book lovers.
For one, I was a book lover from the start. I think I originally fell in love with books because I was a naturally fast reader and starting reading before most of my peers. As a fourth grader I volunteered as a reading tutor for ESL (English as Second Language) students in grades K-3. Many recesses were spent in the ESL lab reading out loud to students who couldn’t yet speak English, let alone read English books. The progress that one of my reading buddies made in the course of the year inspired me to continue the tutoring program until I left the school two years later.
Now, I love books so much that it’s often hard for me to choose one book to read (I prefer 2 or 3 at a time). And while summer vacation gives students the time to read books of their liking, those that are usually pushed aside during the school year when homework is the top priority, I beat the system by becoming an English major, which has allowed me to enjoy great literature year-round. This fall I will be taking “Contemporary Irish Literature,” among other English courses, and I can’t wait to delve into books written by authors I have yet to read.
Other OOMers share that they became book lovers because their parents spent many nights reading bedtime stories to them. Alex says her mom was always a “reading role model,” Morgan shares that reading felt as natural to her as breathing, and Lia recalls being jealous of Matilda, who had the opportunity to read every book in the library– definitely a book lover’s dream!
Michael stands out from other OOMers because he didn’t come to Scholastic as a book lover. He admits that it wasn’t until he saw “the daily magical effect” books had on both children and adults that he became a book lover.
While many members of the OOM team shared a similar introduction to reading, we all have unique ways of showing others that we are book lovers.
Alex shows her dedication and love for books by reading book series before watching their film adaptations. She is currently reading the Harry Potter series and recently finished books and movies 1&2.
Megan chooses to spread her book lover-ness to others by giving people books as gifts, talking about a great book she’s read, and recommending particular titles to her family and friends. Oh, and she’s also pursuing a Master’s degree in English and American Literature!
Collecting books is Morgan’s way of showing others her passion for reading. Her collection spans beyond titles she’s read to vintage and first-editions. Her most treasured first edition is Edith Wharton’s The Children.
Michael’s bookshelves are a clear indicator of his book lover status; his shelves have a “used look” and are decorated with slightly tousled titles.
Lia’s tousled titles span beyond her book shelves and into her garage. She considers herself somewhat of a “book hoarder” and has saved her favorite childhood series for her future children.
Whether you’ve been a book lover from the start or recently fell in love with the bound beauties, please feel free to share your stories below!