Thank you DragonSpark, for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nomination. I am honored, especially because it's coming from someone with highly impressive writing skills and fantastically creative storytelling. His thought process and ideas defy his young age. (He also happens to be a wonderful reader!)
Per the nomination process, I must define what it means to be a great reader:
A great reader is a lot of things, fluid and versatile yet challenging to define in one particular way. First and foremost, for me, being a reader and being a listener go hand in hand; they both require effort and patience, are impressive when done right, and the end result of acquired knowledge make both totally worth it. When a great reader gets through an article, an essay, or a book they have traveled in time to other dimensions, other worlds and met an array of people who have offered her or him, an opportunity to live their lives alongside them. A great reader has empathy, curiosity, and high intelligence. She or he asks questions without interrupting; without judgment, she or he absorbs information in a nonpartisan manner, and has lived a thousand lives without ever looking up from the written text. That is magic in its more surreal form.
Luckily there are a ton of great readers in the world we live in. The majority of us are so fully absorbed between the pages of our latest book that we fail to notice much of the drama that unfolds around us. This is both good and bad depending on your perspective. I’d like to think “we” great readers are not alarmists; considering we’ve lived every tragedy, drama, and world changing affair via all the classical literature, great novels, and pieces we’ve read. The idea is that once you’ve read Shakespeare, current events don’t seem as impressive. A great reader is also diplomatic, somewhat respectful of rules of grammar (or at the very least in awe of the great possibilities language offers us) and a creative thinker.
P.S. I am currently reading 2 books: A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. I don’t normally approve of reading two books at once but they are so vastly different and both due back at the library soon, so I had to speed things up.
Since the majority of my friends are great readers, but don’t have blogs, I am branching this outside the blogging world and tagging their fabulously nerdy selves on Facebook.
I hereby nominate the following 5 people for Wonderful Team Member Readership Award:
1. Amber Morabito
2. Mary Ellen Massa
3. Joan Velazquez
4. Diana Pinkett
5. Elizabeth Tam Helmuth
Please see below for the rules:
1. Define what it means to be a good reader (on your Facebook status)
2. Nominate or tag who you think deserves this award
3. Add a PS to what you are reading.