I've always been a reader. Ever since I can remember, I've had at least one book - and more often, several, going at once. I bring books with me when I go out - it's super helpful now that I have an iPad, because carrying around a ton of books gets to be pretty difficult. It's also helpful when I am out and annoyingly finish that really great book and need another - I can just download a sample and keep moving.
I read voraciously, is what I'm saying.
When I was a child, the best day of the week was when the Bookmobile came. I would see it pass by my house and my sisters and I would get on our bikes and FLY down the street. My mom took us to the library, and we went to the school library, but it was never enough.
When I was in 6th grade, I was horribly awkward and really gawky. I had long, stringy, greasy hair, acne in spades, braces, glasses, and not one stitch of "popular" clothing. I had no friends - when you are a kid in junior high, image is everything, and man, I didn't have the image. So.
I became friends with the librarian, is the point I'm trying to make, and she kept me continually fed with a supply of great reading material - but, being that she was an unmarried spinster of no grace herself, her reading material tended to older, not contemporary or fashionable, books.
Which would explain why I was the only person who checked out "Girl of the Limberlost" - and renewed it for the entire school year. No one else wanted it. Fantastic book, really, it's a shame more people didn't read it.
One of the first things I buy when I get paid is a new book to read - most often, I download something to read on my Kindle, but I definitely make it a priority.
Books are my jam. They are my go to, my friend, my best in times of stress, turmoil, distress, fatigue, angst, unrest, trauma, or - dare I say it? - boredom.
Which leads me to ask - whatcha reading that you simply LOVE, what book have you read that grabbed you like no other, what would you tell your best friend to get her hiney on down to the library/bookstore and grab, post haste?
(Not Gone, Girl, though. Nope.)