Discussion: What Book Made Me a Reader?

I’m not exactly sure where I saw this question, but I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks now. And if truth be told I didn’t have to dig deep for the answer.

I could have chosen good ole Dr. Seuss, but he didn’t really make me a reader. He did spark my interest in reading. I could site Clifford the Big Red Dog or The Berenstain Bears or Curious George or any number of books I devoured, but none of them made me a reader. The book that me me a reader without a shadow of a doubt was Judy Blume’s Iggie’s House.


Iggie’s house just wasn’t the same. Iggie was gone, moved to Tokyo. And there was Winnie, cracking her gum on Grove Street, where she’d always lived, with no more best friend and two weeks left of summer. Continue reading

Discussion: eBook vs. Print Books

It seems like the eBook vs. Print Books debate is growing in popularity and it’s starting to remind me of the age old Great Toilet Paper debate. You know Over vs. Under?

Anyway, it seems like I’m having this discussion more and more, especially since I work at a bookstore. Older readers are getting more and more into eReaders, some reluctantly while others freely embrace them. While readers of my generation, GenXers, seem to have lovingly embraced from the beginning. And then there are the Millennials in which everything is electronic and try to take it away from them. Most of the questions I get from Millennials after they inquire about a book is, ‘Can I download it on my eReader?’ It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. Continue reading