Thursday, October 9, 2014

Book Recommended Friends

In the fall of 2008 I was nearing the end of my undergrad degree at UNLV. I enrolled in Children's Literature, which not only filled a requirement, but quickly became my favorite class. On the first day of class, the professor told a story of her summer in Chautauqua where she spent part of her time wrapped up in the Twilight series.

As she was talking, I began feeling itchy. It's the kind of itch that comes when I want to talk to someone about a book that we both love. This woman was intelligent and intimidating, so I didn't want to approach her and look like this eager teachers-pet-wannabe. But at the same time, Twilight. (Listen, I'm going to stop you right there before you judge was 2008 and everyone was obsessed with the phenomenon that was Twilight.)

The urge to gush about my favorite book de jour overcame my fear of approaching said teacher and once the class was over I went over and started to talk about Edward Cullen. We had a quick chat and I left feeling slightly embarrassed. This conversation, however, led to more conversations about Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, and pretty soon it was evident that we were going to be good friends.

As it turned out, Twilight wasn't the only book we bonded over. In fact, she is one of the few people in my daily life who share my intense passion for reading, writing, words, etc. Six years later we are still good friends, recommending books, and walking through life together.

Have you ever had a book recommend a friend?

1 comment:

Lis said...

I really like this quote! I went on a double date that started out awkward and ended up with me and the other girl talking about books for half the date!