Friday, August 8, 2014


Let's talk about how amazing books are for a minute. In between two covers is an entire story that you can get wrapped up in, get lost in. Any time I feel alone or anxious, I pick up a book and it's an escape from anything that is troubling me. I visit the public library often and when I have the extra money, I wander around bookstores for much longer than anyone would want to wait for me. I have always loved hearing stories and learning to read opened up an entire world of education. Once a child can read, they can literally learn anything. It's crazy. Books provide a comfort that I can never put into words. Like, all I really ever need is a book, a cup of coffee, and a cat. I'm so serious. To me, books are as cozy as blankets and as fascinating as magic. And I always say, to be a good writer one must also be a good reader. 

I thought I would share some of my favorite books on here because I believe knowing someone's favorite stories is a great way to get to know them. This list was simplified because I couldn't possibly talk about all of my favorites. It would take me, like, ten years. Along with the video, I thought I would give a tiny shout out to my favorite fictional bookworms that I looked up to as a young girl. I am grateful to the people who wrote these characters into fruition because I really don't know who I would be without them. They taught me that books hold the potential for greater understanding and that it's actually cool to be smart, even if other people don't think it is. I only hope I can create characters like this someday. 

The first fictional character I ever felt a connection to was Matilda. 
The movie released in 1996 and I was about the same age as Matilda the first time I watched it. 
I knew then that she and I were kindred spirits, loners with a love for stories and escapism.

Jo March from Little Women inspired me because she lived for literature in a time when most women were expected to worry about getting married and raising a family. She was a rebel for her time. I loved her for it. 

Hermione Granger lived in the fantasy world I could only dream about.
She was smart and sassy and I wish we were BFFs.

Rory Gilmore was also smart and sassy and I wish we were BFFs.
And she read a lot of books. A lot.
Gilmore Girls is probably one of the best shows ever. 

My most recent favorite, Suzy Bishop.
Because I, too, love books with magic powers and girl heroes.

 Moving on then, here's the video I made talking about my favorite books. I hope you enjoy! And please leave any book suggestions if you wish. Or tell me about some of your favorites. I would love to know :)

Until next time,
Lisa Simpson, one of the smartest and coolest fictional bookworm/feminists on  TV.

1 comment:

  1. Hello, Amelia!

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