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Who is LibraryTeri?

I’d rather read than dream.  I don’t know what happens to a brain when it becomes engrossed in a story, but I think it is something like what happens to a bird when it reaches that part of the sky when it no longer has to fly, but can just coast on the wind.  When I return to the hard ground of my real life after reading a great book, I instantly feel the drop in my mind’s altitude.

People ask me all the time what my favorite book is—I suppose I bring this question on whenever I mention that I collect children’s books.  But I’m never prepared to answer.  I realize now that I don’t have a favorite book.  It would be like choosing a favorite child.  I cuddle with the one that needs me the most. 

When I found the Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron, I was incapable of reading anything else for weeks and weeks, until I exhausted each one.  It was the same thing when I first read Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy.  I was so engrossed in that book that before I reached the end, I had to have another of her books on hand that I could dive right into.  I liken this to a smoker who lights a second cigarette with the smoldering butt of the first one.  I read books down to the filter and then fidget until I get another hit.

I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in English.  I had the honor of editing my own mother’s novel and have worked as a freelance editor for such media as grant proposals, books of poetry, and research reports.  My most recent professional experience was as a marketing manager for a market trend research firm. 

My particular area of interest is Children’s Literature.  I think nostalgia has a lot to do with that.  I collect vintage children’s books and one of my favorite things to do is browse through old bookshops, the dustier the better.  I once worked as the manager of the Children’s Department at a major bookstore, during which time I facilitated story hour and a youth book club.  My proudest moments throughout my career with books has been getting even the most reluctant readers engaged with books. 

My main purpose for writing this blog is to have something to do when I finish a book.  A balloon of feeling begins to inflate as soon as I open a new book.  By the time I reach the end, the balloon is fit to burst.  Most of the time I tie it off and let it float away, carrying my thoughts with it.  But now I want to deflate the balloon into my computer so that I can always revisit my first reactions to books.

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