A College Student's View On Reading

A College Student's view on Reading - March 22, 2019    Submitted by Sara

Hi everyone! I am Sara, an employee at A Likely Story! I am also a college student at Salisbury University, majoring in Elementary Education.

My passion for reading started when I was younger, I would always read any book given to me. My mother worked right across from A Likely Story, so I would come into the store and walked around and be taken in by all the books. Walking into a bookstore and be surrounded by all those literary worlds is something I will never grow tired of.

Being a Full-time student, I work in the store when I am home for break and in the summer. I appreciate every opportunity given to me to work in this amazing store. Working at the bookstore has given me so many chances to meet and get to talk to so many fun and different authors. My favorite author would have to be Nicholas Sparks. I was fangirling the whole time he was here. It was my dream come true to meet him and get a picture with him.  

Being a student and keeping up with the latest reads is something I have not managed to do easily. My favorite genres are Mystery, Fiction, Military, and Thrillers. I am an avid reader of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club, I have liked all of these books.  My favorite, so far, is “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens, which is available at the bookstore. wink

I am someone who can truly read anything and I go through different phases of what genres I like the best. I can walk out of a bookstore with a romance novel and a Stephen King book. There is no shame for my genre tastes. I am able to read the newest books, and get back to the classics.

When I was in high school it was easier to read all the time, but now that I am studying and being active on my college campus, it is hard for me to find time to read. It saddens me now that it takes me a week to read one book. I try to find times throughout my day where I can sneak in a chapter.

After I have gone through my trial and error period for trying to read most efficiently at school, I found myself to have some tips to share:

  • It is so important to find a book that grabs you from the start. Something that you will be thinking about when you aren’t reading. That way you are yearning for the book and you read instead of watching tv or anything else.
  • Make time out of your day to read. Set yourself a ten minute block twice or more for a week. If you incorporate reading into your schedule, it starts to become a daily habit!
  • Don’t feel bad if you aren’t reading all the time. This one was hard for me; I would tell everyone how much of an avid reader I am, yet I hadn’t read a book in a while. It’s important to look back and acknowledge that you are busy and it’s okay not to read all the time.

Being a worker, student, or parent may come first to reading, but don’t worry! A great book is always waiting for you to pick up.


Come see Sara while she is home on Spring Break!  We are so glad she will be back to work with us this summer!