Book Geek

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I have read a bunch of blogs about being a geek recently and it got me to thinking about the one area I really am a geek. I have a lot to choose from between video games, computers, gadgets, my unhealthy love affair with zombies. Nothing really compares to where I truly get my geek on. I am a book geek. I think I always have been.

It started young for me. When we lived in Novato I used to love the walk to the library. I vaguely remember a small bridge over a tiny creek. I loved that library. It was there I discovered Dr. Seuss and my love for books began.

In third grade I had fallen terribly behind in my reading and I knew it. It didn’t help that I had the reincarnation of Atilla the Hun as my teacher. The only thing I will give that woman credit for is that she knew how much I loved books and she would let me do work around the classroom to earn free books from the book orders. I loved holding those new books even if I couldn’t always read them.

Luckily by sixth grade I had caught up and was soaring ahead of my classmates. We still didn’t have a lot of money and I would spend hours in the public library picking out books. I think every librarian knew me by name.

In high school this love of books became a new goal for me. I had discovered a wonderful bookstore called Hooked On Books that I was determined to work for. They weren’t hiring so I took a job next store in a coffee and frozen yogurt store. I worked at that coffee house for over a year (hence the current coffee addiction). Everyday before and after work I haunted that bookstore. Eventually they hired me, I am sure that my charming personality and rakish good looks were the reason for the hire. It couldn’t possibly be that I annoyed them into it.

I worked there for five years and eventually became the manager before moving on to finish college. I tried to get a job at the college bookstore but they desperately needed a manager in their student computer center. I took the job reluctantly because it made more and hell I was a college student I needed the money. I justified it by saying that I still worked for the bookstore but I did computer work for them.

After college while I searched around for something to do with my psychology degree I went back to my old stand by and took a job at a B- Dalton’s during the holidays. The manager felt bad hiring me saying that I was way overqualified and that she wouldn’t have enough hours for me. In my true book geek fashion, I didn’t care. I just wanted to be around books, they made me happy. Plus, I told the manager I was good and that she would find more hours for me. I was the assistant manager of that bookstore within 3 months.

I would eventually find myself teaching but I miss working at a bookstore. One of the best parts of my job now is hooking kids on reading. Finding that perfect book for them. I love reading good stories to my class. I let my inner actor out and give them lots of different voices. I get to be a book geek in the best way now, I create new book geeks.

I still treat bookstores like my church. My wife loves books but always makes sure that she has other stores nearby to shop at because I can take hours in a bookstore. Picking up books, reading back covers, looking up reviews. When we travel, one of the highlights is finding cool new bookstores. I love that my wife indulges this geek out. Now every night I go home to my office and write. Surrounded by my autograph book collection. If I accomplish nothing else in my life I did at least grow up to be a very good book geek.

About csdaley

C.S. Daley was born in California but has spent most of his life in his imagination. His first short story written in third grade, the now classic "Close Encounters of the Turd Kind," was sold to his next door neighbor for a quarter. The neighbor promptly demanded a refund. An unhealthy obsession with the writings of Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, and Terry Pratchett have left his mind warped and broken. He spends most of his evening swilling down coffee while tapping at a keyboard under the watchful eyes of his kittens. They are there to make sure he doesn't snap. He likes to write fantasy for adults and teens.

One Response to “Book Geek”

  1. >You just can't beat a good bookstore.I wonder if we will ever be able to switch over to fully digital novels. As much as I love the idea of unlimited books in a tiny space, something about the smell and the feel of books just can't be matched with anything digital I have seen so far.Sooner or later my house is going to burst though. So I either need to switch to a digital reader, or get a get country manor with a library. I know which one I fancy most.

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