As some of my old readers know, I'm currently in grad school studying Library Science. For the next few months, you will see a lot more posts on books and school stuff - I promise, it will be far more interesting than my posts on the garden and the food I ate on vacation.
To my Readers' Advisory class: Hi! I'm Rachel - welcome to my little corner of cyberspace. It's not much, but it's mine. I started this blog when I got into grad school, which wasn't too long ago (this is only my second semester). Anyway, I hope my writing doesn't bore you!
Tonight in class Andrea asked a few people about books that affected them, that made an impact or had something about it that stuck with them. I started to think about where my love of reading began, and I've come up with a three-part conclusion.
1) When I was little, my mom used to take me to the library all the time and I would come home with stacks of books half as tall as I was, and we would read them together. And when I was old enough, I participated in our library's Book It! program and got things like a DQ cone or Pizza Hut pizza for reading books. I loved those books, but the bribes didn't hurt either.
2) When I was in elementary school, I read the Chronicles of Narnia. I got sooo involved in those books. It was the first time a book made me cry and it certainly got my imagination moving.
3) Finally, in high school, my mom got me a book series: The Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers. It takes place in Jerusalem, Rome, and Germania around 70AD. The first two books follow the story of a Jewish-Christian slave girl and her Roman masters. The third book follows a gladiator and his journey back home after he wins his freedom in the arena.
I got excited about reading as a kid, and I still read occasionally until my teen years, but I was only a 'reader' not a 'reader.' But I've basically had a book glued to my hand since I read the Rivers' books. I was hooked, no turning back.
What book got you hooked?