I knew I had a problem when I went through the check-out at Books-A-Million, and the cashier not only knew my name but also my home phone number that is used to look up my Millionaire Rewards card. While some people may say it’s simply great customer service, my love, dare I say obsession, of books was beyond average.
I have always been a bookworm. I think it started mostly due to the fact my parents would, from the time I was just a baby, read to me every night or just about any other time I would crawl into their lap with a book. My parents were wanted to give me the best shot at learning, growing, and succeeding in life. They knew that reading was a big step in the right direction. There was nothing I wouldn’t read magazines, warning labels, and one of my personal favorites, the backs of cereal boxes. I remember so many shows that I watched growing up, but my one of my favorites was Reading Rainbow. To this day, I can still sing the theme song.
I remember when I was younger, me and my dad would go to the local library. He would sit and read the newspapers, magazines, and make small talk with the other patrons. I would wonder around the stacks, looking for books that sparked my interest, then curl up in a corner, and escape into another place and time.
Thinking about how much money I was spending on books, and the fact that it would take months of nothing but reading all day to get through them all, suddenly, a thought dawned on me. The library. You would think that I would have thought that before, being a person of at least mediocre intellegence but little common sense. So, I made my way over to the main public library in my area and signed up for my very own grown-up girl library card.
Sitting in the library right now, it puts me at a different kind of peace. It reminds me of my dad, who has been gone eleven years this October. It makes me grateful for my mother who never told me no when I wanted her to read to me. I hope that I can instill the value and joy of reading to my future children in the same way my parents did for me.
It also has become something else to me a place to write. It’s quiet, no one talks to you when they see that you’re immersed in your work, and with so many great authors’ works around, you feel like you’re in a great company. And while I know that being a member won’t keep me from buying books altogether, it will give me access to valuable tools and resources not only as a reader and student, but a writer as well.