It started innocently enough. Mom reading my favorite books aloud and encouraging weekly trips to the library. Books were fuel for my overactive imagination and a grand “escape” during time-out (is that really punishment?). Junior high and high school saw me build upon the foundation, reading and collecting at every turn (so what if you only have $25 to your name, there’s always enough for a book).
During college, I resisted much of the required reading (perhaps “encouraged reading” would have worked better). Ironically I enjoyed reading the books I’d written papers on, but only after graduation. Now my obsession with accumulating books far outweighs my ability to read them. And this compulsive buying + reading habit is undeniably ingrained in my DNA. Help? This brings me to my 2008 New Years resolutions: read 2 books per week, look for new bookcases and hit the ground running in my new position as Shelfari Community Manager.
*I'll explain more about my new role in the community in an upcoming post; what it means, how it's good news for everybody and why I'm so excited for it.