I’ve been an avid reader all my life, going above and beyond the required 30 minutes of reading at home. In fact, I've always had a hard time tracking my reading in a reading log. Doing this meant I had to interrupt my reading to write down how many pages I read, the title of the book, and the author’s name. As a lifelong reader, I want every person to enjoy and learn from what they’re reading. As a bookseller at a bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, I want to help students on their journey to a thriving reading life. I believe that teachers can use local bookstores as a resource to get their students excited about reading.
I often hear people around my age or older proclaim that their love for reading was diminished by assigned reading in school. I never had that problem because I knew of other options. In my mind, there was a difference between reading to study literature and reading for fun. Sure, I didn’t always enjoy the book—I’m looking at you, Holden Caulfield—however, my mom couldn’t (and still cannot) walk past a bookstore without peeking inside. I spent hours of my adolescence in a bookstore, walking through the aisles, looking for something interesting, and then sitting down with a book in hand. I essentially rounded out my reading life by choosing authors such as Ellen Hopkins, John Green, Ellen Wittlinger, and Ron Koertge. I kept up this habit even when I was not with my mother. I think this is how I became comfortable in bookstores.
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