Benefits of Being Bookish

Benefits of Being Bookish

It’s Day 236 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since I spent most of my weekend happily reading, it made me ponder the benefits of being bookish. Bookish is an adjective defined as “(of a person or way of life) devoted to reading and studying rather than worldly interests.” Considering that I’m a person for whom reading has been a way of life since I learned to do it age three, I suppose the description fits. That and the fact that I came up with such as long list but could have easily gone on… Below are my top 25:

Benefits of Being Bookish

  1. It allowed me to test into a bilingual magnet school in Kindergarten.
  2. It caused me to speak correct English, though I grew up in the ghetto.
  3. It gave me an excellent vocabulary and a voracious love of words.
  4. It provided an escape from my abusive, dysfunctional childhood home.
  5. It exposed me to the Bible and my overwhelming need for a Savior.
  6. It inspired me to teach others and to start the Sunshine Club when I was nine.
  7. It kept me occupied and from running the streets and getting into trouble.
  8. It got me my own Sunday school class & an adult assistant when I was thirteen.
  9. It motivated me to apply for a library job when I was fifteen and too young to work.
  10. It put a burning desire in my heart to become a published author of books.
  11. It enabled me to pass the entrance test to attend a college preparatory school.
  12. It secured my acceptance into my college of choice (and possibly my sorority too).
  13. It made college easy & caused me to blow the class curve on my first college exam.
  14. It earned me a position as editor of the college paper.
  15. It made work study awesome because I worked in the library, of course!
  16. It served me well in earning two undergraduate and one graduate degree.
  17. It compelled me to become a teacher who taught every grade except K and 4th.
  18. It demanded I expose students to children’s lit and integrate it across content areas.
  19. It caused me to raise bookworms.
  20. It landed me with my own magazine column.
  21. It prevents me from EVER being bored and exercises my brain muscles every day.
  22. It takes me all over the world though I’ve never left the United States.
  23. It introduces me to friends and places I can visit over & over, whenever I like.
  24. It broadens my horizons, perspectives, & capacity to empathize with others’.
  25. It remains my most constant, enduring, hobby/passtime/passion/ & LOVE.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose bookish reader, I’ve heard a some interesting things about reading lately – like how successful people are often readers. Having just made a lifelong dream of publishing my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, come true, I do believe being an avid reader had a lot to do with it. Writers read to hone their craft. In addition, for as long as I can remember, every time I finish a book, I hold it close to my heart as if doing so will cause me to aborb it as part of myself forever. Perhaps I was trying to absorb some of that special writer something…Then again, now that I think about it, I was probably just being bookish.

What about you? Are you bookish? What benefits have you reaped from being a reader? In your personal life? Professionally? How could you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about reading good books?

Be savvy & chic ,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
Rainy Day Reading (Special and Surreal – It’s My Book, Seasons of Her Soul!)

Rainy Day Reading (Special and Surreal – It’s My Book, Seasons of Her Soul!)

It’s Day 235 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve spent the rainy day reading; it’s been special and surreal because it’s my book, Seasons of Her Soul. After this morning’s Zumba class with one of my magnificent mentors, Marina, and running errands, I almost made it in the house before the skies opened up – but not quite. With precious cargo on board in the form of the first box containing copies of my debut novel, I left all but the copy I started reading last night in the car. Originally I wanted to have one available for Marina but was pleasantly surprised to learn she’d already downloaded the Kindle version and was 76% through. Happy with that knowledge, I came inside and curled up in one of my favorite places on earth: the left corner of the sofa and have been contentedly lost in the story ever since. Though it really is a little surreal, it’s so special to hold the book I’ve carried in my heart for so long in my hands.  And it warms my heart to imagine my mentor perhaps spending this rainy day reading it too.

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In fact, it’s been such a blessing hearing from you readers who have purchased the Kindle or print versions. Another ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) mentor, Jodi, let me know she got the former when her son was home sick from school. How cool is that for a mom to read the book as she tends to her child? Then last night, I received the coolest IM message from someone in my Sunday Zumba with the Pink Collar Coach class, below, stating it was her favorite part thus far. Writers write because we want to share it with the world. For me, knowing those in my little corner of the world are reading and being impacted based on what’s circled here, means my purpose in writing the book is being fulfilled.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose new author, I hope each of you realizes how much it means to me that you’ve given my writing a chance. By reading this blog and the book. It’s daunting for writers to break into publication as is evidenced by the first speaking invitation I’ve received since the book released. Our local chapter of Altrusa International, a non-profit organization focused on community service and supporting women, has requested I present on my publication journey. You all have played such a big part in it. With every blog post, Facebook or Linked In viewing, share, like and comment. With every Kindle and print book purchase. With each review written. With every request for me to host a book signing (the reason I have a those boxes of books). With every way you’ve shown encouragement and support. I’m so blessed and thankful to have you along on my journey. Especially on a rainy day spent reading.

Seasons of Her Soul has a strong social message about one of the Ds, domestic violence. How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with what you read? Does the fiction you read have a literary quality about it that elevates your empathy for the experiences of others?

To learn more about Altrusa International, Inc. please visit http://altrusa.org

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
Thank you!
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach