Early every May for the past three years, my dad arrived outside my dorm with an empty car. Together we would fill it with all my things that had been so carefully packed into a limited amount of boxes and suitcases at the beginning of the school year, but had somehow managed to multiply over those short nine months into a floor-to-ceiling carload. Inevitably, my dad would pick up the heaviest box and groan these words: “I taught my daughter to be a reader,” before he took a deep breath to somehow give him the extra umph it would take to get that particular box down to the car. Even when I spread my books between two boxes and padded them with sheets, the result was the same. I just could not survive college without a decent selection of books from my personal library, a selection I managed to keep under twenty items until the semester I wrote my thesis (then it exploded). Even so, these few books could be a great burden.
Thankfully, my dad understood. Even better, I was not the only one of his children he taught to be a reader, so I’ve always had companions to come home to, long before these past three years. All of us have been given this great gift, through no small effort from both Dad and Mom. Ultimately, this is where Sisters Lost in a Library comes to life: in the efforts of my parents. They taught me to love reading. They taught me that the love of reading can be taught–a beautiful truth, indeed. They taught me what it is to share a book with others, and the joy it brings. I am thrilled to be writing a blog with my sister about books: books we love, books we know, books we’re not so sure about, books we’ve not yet read. As if she wasn’t the coolest sister already, we do these sorts of things together, too!
Abraham Lincoln once said, “My best friend is a person who gives me a book I have never read.” While this statement is true in some degree, I think it would be more true if it went something like this, “My best friend is the person who discovers the unread book with me.” I’m looking forward to that immensely. Even books we’ve read take on a different light when we’re reading them “together.”
Book reviews will come soon. We have to decide on a book first. Any suggestions? Until then, I say goodbye and happy reading! Annalisa will be along in the near future.