What it really means to be a “Booklover”

Booklover Backstory

When filling out the “Hobbies and Interests” sections on application forms and the like, I’m the kid that puts “likes to read” at the top of the list. This is the unglamorous truth – my favourite pastime is reading and it has been that way since I was nine years old. Here’s how it all started:

When I was in Grade 3, I discovered Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone and it soon became my absolute favourite book. I know, how cliché! You probably want to stop me here and say “but Katrina, we’re supposed to be avoiding clichés when we write!”. However, the truth is the truth. All of you 90s kids will know the magic that was Harry Potter when it was first released. The Philosopher’s Stone changed my life – for reals.

Reading the first HP instalment drew me to other books (Ella Enchanted was a big hit) and I became a “reader”. This likely shocked my teachers because it was a foreign concept for me to enjoy a silent activity (I really like to talk – some of you may have noticed).

By the time I was in Junior High, I was an addict. I’m sure my parents are proud that the only thing I have ever been addicted to is reading (and maybe shoes!) – it’s probably the safest addiction to have. So in the summer between Grades 7 and 8, I did what any normal book nerd would do – I entered the national “Junior Booklover” contest for Chapters, Indigo Inc. by writing a book review of Eoin Colfer’s The Supernaturalist. And by the grace of the universe, I won.

(The contest was real! Here’s a link to the website featuring my 13-year-old self with braces – it isn’t pretty. http://www.jabteam.com)

Entering that contest got me my first (and best!) job: reviewing books for youth and young adults for Chapters. Since then, I’ve never lost my love of reading  – or my passion for advocating for better literacy and education in Canada. Reading is important! Working as a “Junior Booklover” for Chapters also exposed me to several areas in the communications industry and that exposure is what got me interested in CreComm. So here I am!

So get excited for some posts about Harry Potter, other favourite books of mine, and how my life is informed by what I read/how what I read is informed by my life. Happy reading!

Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios
Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

6 responses to “What it really means to be a “Booklover””

  1. Hi Katrina,
    I totally agree about how wonderful books are. I have to be careful nowadays when and where I pick up a book. Once I’m engrossed in a book, the world ceases to exist. That can be problematic, as you can imagine. I’m not much of a sci-fi fan but one of my favourite book series was Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series. There’s a whole summer that I have very little memory of except for those books! 🙂 Recently, one of my favourite reads has been C.S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity”. What an incredible mind that man had! Blessings and it was so good to see you when we were in Winnipeg.


    • Hi Lorraine,

      It was great to see you on September Long weekend and catch up 🙂 I love that you love books and that you mentioned the Outlander series – I am just working my way through Gabaldon’s works now, so stay tuned to my next post. Hope you’re doing well!


  2. Hey Katrina! Would you say that you still tend toward reading fiction for young adults, or what are your tastes now? Or are you going to leave me in suspense so will keep coming back to your blog to find out?


    • Hi Karen,

      Young Adult fiction is absolutely my guilty pleasure! I try to choose books from a variety of genres but fiction is my favourite 🙂



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