Hello. Cate here to talk about being an unashamed bookaholic.
The first time I saw this quote was on a tote bag at Barnes & Noble.
Maybe I shouldn't have. It's way too true!
My mother once told met she worried that if it came to a choice between buying books or feeding my children, she wasn't sure which I'd choose. She was only kidding. (I think!)
I have to admit it, I have a total addiction to books - buying them, reading them, surrounding myself with them, writing them. I still have to pinch myself about that last one.
My husband and I enable each other. Our version of date night is Saturday mornings at Barnes & Noble. If it's really special, we'll go to a different one out of our neighborhood. Maybe that's why we're still married after 32 years.
When our children were young, their friends would come to our house to research school projects. Many the conversation began with, "Daddy, do you have a book about...?"
The answer was usually yes. At least one.
Now that my youngest is enrolling in grad school to become a teacher, I get, "Mom, do you have a book about...?"
That makes me happy. Again, the answer is usually yes. At least one.
As a teacher, the nicest compliment I get is when parents tell me their children come out of my class loving to read. SCORE!
But it also makes me wonder.
What makes someone a reader?
Or is it who?
Do you know?
I'm presuming if you're here, it's because you love books too.
Are you addicted?
I guess I'm rambling. I could go on forever about books - about The Happy Hollisters that arrived in the mail each month when I was in 3rd grade, or (shameful confession) the girl I befriended in 5th grade because she had a complete set of Nancy Drew.
I spent way too many college hours reading historical romances when I was supposed to be studying.
I've lost many hours of sleep because I couldn't put the book down.
I saw this on Etsy.
I'm wouldn't sat they scare me, but I definitely don't understand.
Except for people who struggle to read. One of the reasons I trained to teach children with reading disabilities is because I can't imagine missing out on the joy of stories because reading is just too hard. I hope I can help change that for some of my students.
So, let's talk books today.
What do you love about them?
Why do you read?
Do you have a childhood favorite? A book that made you a reader for life?
Are you ready to join this club?