My Little Accelerated Reader

2014-05-15 07.00.44Any Instagram images I post today will likely feature this girl. My oldest daughter, Elizabeth, graduates from high school this weekend and the official festivities begin this morning.

When she was younger, Lizzie was a very reluctant reader. I recently stumbled upon this less-than-charitable sign (below) that her younger sister made for her. It reads: “It’s AR. Not HAMRITY.” She explained her acronyms parenthetically, “It’s Accelerated Reader, not Have A Mom Read It To You.”

May 24, 2008.

That’s the day Lizzie became a reader. Her gateway book was Twilight and because of it she was no longer daunted by long books. She went on to read 33 books that summer, and she hasn’t slowed down. She just completed four years of Honors/AP English.

Why share this story? Because it’s personal. Bookselling is personal. Books are personal.

Every once in a while, it’s okay to show your customers that you are personal.

I also shared it to explain that this is all I’m posting today. I’m heading out to the Baccalaureate Mass for my little accelerated reader.


Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay