Ink Unleashed: How a Quirky Event Turned Bookworms into Literary Titans!

Dive into Bookst’s epic journey from bookworms to literary adventurers, where camaraderie, discovery, and a whole lot of ink ignite a passion for storytelling like never before!

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Nestled within the cozy confines of Bookstr, a team of book lovers discovered a secret potion to transform their love for literature into a whirlwind of excitement. It wasn’t just any potion, but an event that sparked a wildfire of passion, turning ordinary bookworms into voracious literary titans. Join us as we delve into the chronicles of “The Thing/Event” that ignited the Bookstr team’s journey from casual readers to literary connoisseurs.

Childhood Strife Turned Adult Passion

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My 1st-grade teacher turned me into a bookworm. I don’t think she realized the influence she had on me at a time when I acted out due to my home life. I was a student who always finished my work quickly, too, which turned into a distraction for the rest of the class. She would sit me down with a book and tell me to start doing that instead or help sort papers. I quickly went through all the books she had in the class, so I visited the school library often. What started as a coping mechanism turned into a passion I’ve yet to get bored with.

  • Kristi Eskew, Editorial

Learning How to Speak + Blues Clues

As a child, I had difficulty speaking, so I ended up going to speech therapy. One day, the therapist gave me a book about Blues Clues going on a picnic and encouraged me to read it out loud. I fell in love with that book and reading as a whole since then. I’m thankful every day for her and the gift of reading she gave me.

  • Alison Mah, Social Media

Reading at Night and Every Chance I Get

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I remember that every night before bed, my mom would come in and read me a book. I loved looking at the pictures and as I got a bit older, reading along with her. In elementary school, I was always reading. I never left the house without a book. I would even stay up late and get up early every morning to read. There were book series that I read when I was a kid, but it wasn’t until my fifth-grade teacher who encouraged my love for reading. Ever since, I have not stopped reading and I would count how many books I could read over the summer and try to beat that record every year. That passion for books and for reading has not dimmed and I still try to read as much as I can every chance that I get.

  • Molly Ireland, Outreach

Not Reading Fast Enough

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I say this all the time in a lot of articles for Bookstr, but it’s a true event. The thing that started my bookworm journey was that my 2nd-grade teacher was a slow reader, lol. I get it I get it, we were just children being read to so she couldn’t go at a fast pace and did it for our sake. But I was super invested in the story she picked out and we only had a certain time block for reading circle time. It took her FOREVER to get to the next chapter and the amount of times I begged for her to keep going past the time was a lot. At the end of it, I couldn’t take the pace anymore and checked out that book in the school library. I read it within a couple of hours. That is what triggered my need to be ahead of my peers and I aimed to have the highest score in the AR program of my class.

  • Jaiden Cruz, Graphics

The Pandemic

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In the 9th grade, I was assigned Isabel Allende’s La Ciudad de las Bestias (City of the Beasts) in Spanish class, which I rather enjoyed but never finished. So, in college, I decided to revisit the book and its two sequels. At the start of every semester, I told myself that I would finally sit down to read the whole trilogy. It wasn’t until I finished my BA, which coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic, that I ultimately got around to it. Then, as lockdown went on, I binged a bunch of anime I’d never found time to watch either, which segued into me reading manga. Not a day goes by since that I don’t read a book, manga, or webcomic.

  • Gabriela Collazo, Editorial

My Mom and Sister

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Growing up, my mom made me and my sisters read all the time. She would encourage us to find books we like and try different genres. My sister Quiarah B. (Vphan) would read to me all the time, too, when I was younger, and I became fascinated with different stories. I soon found books soothing and calming when things were chaotic around me. They helped me escape, learn, and grow into the woman I am today.

  • Jazmine B., Social

A Slow-Burn Romance with Books

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I’m honestly not sure how I became a bookworm, but that is often how falling in love works. We don’t remember when we started falling in love with something, only the key moments along the way. I remember checking out the same children’s books over and over. I remember discovering Percy Jackson and Katniss Everdeen. I remember adding books to my wishlist every Christmas. I just kept falling and falling until one day I looked in the mirror and knew I was a bookworm.

  • Koren Frideres, Social

My Mother, the Bookworm

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For me, reading seemed like an inevitable pastime to fall into. My mother was, and still is, a bookworm, and reading was always a thing we did — and do — in my family. From fantasies to mysteries to paranormal, to children’s books, we would always have something around to read. Since I was little, I don’t think there’s ever been a time when my nose wasn’t buried in a book. I must thank my mother, who had my younger sisters and me reading at such early ages. She made sure books became an important thing in our lives, and I truly thank her for giving us the gift of reading.

  • Quiarah B/Vphan, Editorial

My Encouraging 8th Grade English Teacher

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English was always my best subject in school, but it wasn’t noticed by my teachers until 8th grade. At the end of the school year, my English teacher wrote all of her students letters. In mine, she encouraged me to continue to lean into the talent I had and possibly consider a related career. I still have the letter hanging up in my childhood bedroom because of how much her class meant to me and the impact it’s had on my life.

  • Rebekah Mann, Outreach Intern

Enemies to Lovers

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My mom taught me to read at a young age, but I was only interested in non-fiction books ranging from black history to animals. In elementary school, we had reading requirements each week, so I thought I could skirt by with more non-fiction books. I learned that none of them in our library counted toward my weekly reading and was forced to read fiction. Being read stories by my mother was one thing, but having to step out of my comfort zone with a different genre was another. I was a stick in the mud as a child, so I was angry. I started to despise reading for a short time because I felt like it was a waste of time to read “fake” things. That was until I stumbled upon the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, which converted my hate. Fear Street and Goosebumps by R.L. Stine inspired me to write my own stories. As years went by, I went from having resentment of the educational system to loving, reading, and creating more stories.

  • Talia Wall, Graphics

Movie Lover to Horror Book Lover

Growing up, I watched every movie that was there. Whether it be the newest movie coming out in theaters or old-school classics, I fell in love with movies. Shows weren’t there for me, for it would take a while to be able to even finish one; I’m not wasting 8 hours of my time. Recently, ever since COVID-19 along with the writer’s strike, movies went downhill. There are some hits with the latest movies, but they never really hit as they used to. January 2024, I began to get upset with the latest movies and wanted to get back into reading. Upon scrolling on Instagram, I fell across a mafia/smut book called Ace De Luca by Jaclin Marie. I did enjoy it, but I didn’t love the “smut” component of things.

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It wasn’t my style. I did begin to read other “smut” books to get into the feel of the trend, but it wasn’t me. My roommate randomly dared me to read Playground by Aaron B, due to how no one could make it past the 40th page. Yet, I loved it. The absolute gore and story of the book made me fall into the horror aspect of books. To this day, I do read Jacline Marie’s books, specifically trying to buy all their books, but I do my best to love literature because it’s difficult to execute horror within a novel. From a movie lover to a horror book enthusiast, I love how a story can be executed in a book rather than a movie. <3

  • Alysea O’Brien, Editorial Intern

My Supportive Mom

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I don’t remember the exact moment when I turned into a bookworm, but I believe the fact that my mom took my love for books very seriously played a huge role. She always made sure to buy me books even when money was tight and took me to the local libraries where I could spend hours. She also allowed me to borrow any book from our home library, even the more expensive hardcovers, when I was a kid. I remember us dusting our home bookshelves together, and I would open every book to read the first few sentences. I was lucky to be surrounded by books in my childhood and I’m so grateful to my mom for it.

  • Jenny Ivanova, Graphics

Middle School Spanish Teacher

Once upon a time, I was the ultimate TV fanatic, the sworn enemy of books, the master of avoiding anything resembling a paragraph. Reading felt like wrestling with a slippery eel; the words slid off my brain faster than water off a duck’s back. My middle school teacher, bless her soul, threw her hands up in defeat, declaring, “Read whatever you want, as long as it’s in Spanish, and give me the gist.” Then came 2014, and The Fault in Our Stars hit theaters like a comet crashing into Earth, leaving hearts swooning in its wake. Little did I know, diving into Hazel and Augustus’s world would flip my literary switch for good. If someone had told me that one decision would turn me into a book fiend, I would’ve laughed until I choked on my popcorn.

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Armed with my mom’s purchase and a classroom hour for reading, I cracked open the book, fully prepared to be bored to tears. But guess what? I got hooked faster than a fish on a line. When the final bell rang, I was ready to riot – how dare it interrupt my literary escapade? The rest of the day was just a blur until I could dash home, where the real adventure awaited. From that day on, books became my obsession, my lifeline, my happy place. The Fault in Our Stars was just the tip of the iceberg; soon, my shelves groaned under the weight of Divergent, Harry Potter, and a zillion other adventures waiting to be devoured. And so, my friends, from couch potato to bookworm extraordinaire, my story began, proving that sometimes, the most unexpected journeys lead to the most epic destinations.

  • Trish G, Editorial

In the grand tapestry of Bookst’s adventures, “The Thing/Event” emerges as a beacon of camaraderie and discovery. It’s not just about books anymore; it’s about the magic of shared experiences, the thrill of uncharted literary territories, and the bonds forged over pages turned and stories shared. As the dust settles and the final chapters unfold, one thing remains certain: the Bookstr team’s journey from bookworms to literary titans is a tale for the ages, reminding us all that within the pages of a book, lies the power to transform and unite. So, dear readers, let us continue to embrace the magic of literature and let our imaginations soar; for within the realm of books, anything is possible.


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