Do you remember the first book you ever read? If not, do you recall what your favorite book was as a child? You know, the one you had your mom or dad read to you over and over again because you loved it so much?
Do you remember being a teenager and maybe not loving the books that were assigned in class, but then later, recalled aspects of them and perhaps gained a greater appreciation for them as you matured?
Can you list all the books you read last year, and have you been keeping track of the books you’re reading this year? Do you share books with others? Recommend good reads to people who share your taste in literature? Comedy? Romance? Fantasy? Science Fiction? Mystery? Sports? Nonfiction?
Today is World Book Day, and I’m celebrating it by being thankful that I can read and enjoy reading; that my mother instilled a love of reading in me (even though it took me a bit to catch on); and by stacking my pile of reading sky high for this summer. Over the weekend, my mother recommended Christina Baker Kline’s book from 2007 entitled The Way Life Should Be. I’d enjoyed two of her other novels: Orphan Train and A Piece of the World, so why should I have been surprised that I finished that book in two days over Easter break.
It’s wonderful when someone puts a book in your hands and says, “I know you’re going to love this.”
When someone does that, you should trust them.
They probably know best.
So cheers to World Book Day. May you have many great reads in your future.
Stephanie Verni is the author of Beneath the Mimosa Tree, Baseball Girl, Inn Significant, The Postcard and Other Short Stories & Poetry, and an academic textbook Event Planning: Communicating Theory & Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt, that she co-authored with colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus & Chip Rouse.