This week let's give a big welcome to my friend Amanda! She is an avid book reader (110 books read so far this year!) and aspires to be a future librarian. A sophomore in college, she is thinking about majoring in Spanish and minoring in Math and Educational Studies.
Hello everyone!! I’m Amanda, substitute Leeann for this week :) Leeann has crazy amounts of work to do for school, so I’m filling in for her.
So let’s talk about books. I love ‘em. Books can take you to other worlds. They can help you walk in the footsteps of people you would normally know nothing about. They show you that you’re not alone – that other people feel and think the same way you do. That is why I love reading. Reading connects you to the world.
As Leeann mentioned, I think I want to be a school librarian when I grow up. As a college sophomore, my future is both a long time from now and closer than it seems. My love of reading stems from two main people – my mom and my school librarian. My mom is a librarian and shared with me a love of reading from an early age. She and my dad both read aloud to me and my siblings when we were little, showing us how reading holds the key to other worlds.
I hung out at her library all the time and still do. It’s almost like my second home, and a good majority of the people who work there have known me since I was baby. One lady, Claire, shares a birthday with me. I remember sneaking up on her at the reference desk whenever we visited the library. She, or someone else in my mom’s department, would then give me a piece of Hershey’s chocolate. Fun fact: It has gotten to the point where whenever I eat a piece of plain chocolate I think of the library. Chocolate + books = great memories.
In addition, I went to the same school from kindergarten to 8th grade and had the same librarian. Sister Elizabeth always had book recommendations for me along with new and exciting bookmarks. I kinda have a bookmark collection…I’m up to over 700 now…yeah, don’t judge. Anyway, she was the main person who influenced what books I read and we shared our thoughts and opinions with each other. We still do to this day, mainly on Goodreads – only the best social media site out there. Part of the fun of reading is being able to share books with other people and learn from what they think about them. It’s such an amazing feeling when you find someone who loves a book just as much as you do.
That is why I want to become a librarian. I want to share this with other people. Some people aren't “readers." They say they don’t like it, it takes too long, books are boring, blah, blah, blah. Crazy people! The way to turn someone into a reader is to start them at an early age with books tailored to their interests. Books are one of the best inventions in the world! So right now that’s my goal for if/when I become a school librarian.
On another note about reading, I started keeping a journal of all the books I read starting in 2009, when I was a freshman in high school, along with marking them on Goodreads. As of right now, I’m about halfway through filling the journal up. I write down the title, author, dates I read the book, and stars out of 5. It’s really cool to see how my handwriting changes throughout the years and what books I read and loved. It’s like taking a trip down memory lane, bringing to light where I was when I read something and what was happening in my life at the time. Now, 6 years later, I am so glad I started this journal. It’s documentation of my love of reading.
So what do you guys love about reading? How do you keep track of what you've read and what you thought about it?
Thanks for having me write a guest blog, Leeann!
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- Thanks so much to Amanda for writing today's post! If any of you would like to contribute, please let me know in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to have you!
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