Thank you so much for your books.
I have spent the entire school year thus far attempting to convince my students that reading is good for them. They are forced to read for a portion of each class and it is dreadful for some of them. I say “Time to read!” and there are many who protest, loudly. They refuse to look for a book that interests them and just pretend to read their textbook, no matter how many times I assure them that there are books out there that will appeal to anyone!
Then someone found your book, The Fault in our Stars. It was a student who likes reading, and of course she adored the book. So she raved about it, and passed it on to her friend, who also raved. And for those whom I constantly hassle about reading something besides the textbook, it seemed like an easy out to be the next one to borrow the book. “Look Miss, I have a book today!” And they held up your book.
Now when I tell them “Time to stop reading and move on to our lesson,” they protest. Loudly.
I finished the book myself today. I had to take it home so that I could cry without the eyes of my students on me while I did it. (I did freely admit to them that I cry at books all the time, but it’s different to actually cry in front of them.) It was amazing and I can see why it changed so many of their minds.
So thank you for making my job easier. You are great. (Also, I cannot wait to show them an episode of Crash Course and blow their minds with how nerdy you are…)