Heyyyyyyyy Henny, Happy World Book Day!! When I think about4/23/2021, 9:45:42 PM
Heyyyyyyyy Henny, Happy World Book Day!! When I think about this day what comes to mind is the immense impact that reading has had on my life. I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without books and that’s the truth. I don’t know if I shared this before but my love for reading started all because I wanted to improve my English. In middle school and high school, the class that I always did badly in was English Literature. That irritated me because coming from an immigrant household I was constantly told that anything lower than an A was unacceptable. The narrative was that I had to perform well in order to make my immigrant parents proud. P.S. This is still affecting me today but that’s a different convo 😆. So I turned to books. To tell you the truth for a few years I sat with books like The Hunger Games not knowing or understanding what was on the page. Not until my junior year of high school, with the help of my English professor, that I gain a love for literature. I learned to love sentences. To appreciate what an author did and could do with a paragraph. I learned to see beyond what was written on the page. I became obsessed. And so I picked up anything I could get my hands on which put me face to face with new ideas about society and, ultimately, what it meant to be a human. All that to say because I owe a lot to books and I wish I would have been introduced to reading way earlier. Indeed, reading books wasn’t a common thing when I was growing up in the Dominican Republic. But today more than ever I wish I did have access to a bookstore or a library when I was young. My ultimate dream is to eventually open up an accessible bookstore/space in the small town that I was raised because I know the power behind reading and the gifts that reading can provide. On this World Book Day, if you can, please donate to a local/national/world organization that promotes literacy and gets books into people’s hands. Especially organizations/groups focusing on marginalized communities. If you know of an org./group that does this please leave their Insta. page or info in the comments so others could check those places out!