Where were you and what were you reading?

Mar 07, 2013
On this day in history… My 2013 New Year’s resolution was to keep track of every book I read this year. It sounds so simple, but for some reason it’s something I’ve never done. I’m pleased to say that it’s mid-March and I’m still going strong! Now, if only I had done that five years ago… In celebration of this blog’s fifth anniversary, I asked everyone on the OOM team “where were you five years ago…and what were you reading?” It’s a neat exercise, taking a moment to look back and remember what you were doing at a certain place in time — not just where you were and what you were reading, but who were you? What were your priorities? How did you spend your time? Fair warning: some of the OOMer answers may make you feel old. (We skew on the young side of the spectrum!) Lia: I was a junior in college, and was reading Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill. (I miss Spring Break when you actually had time off to read…) Nadia: I was in my junior year of college and reading David Sedaris When You are Engulfed in Flames. Alex: I was in my junior year of college and I was probably reading an internship submission application (and Breaking Dawn). Kristen: I was studying French literature in college, and was reading a lot of Racine and Baudelaire (riveting, I know!). Megan: I was in college and reading (through tears—it’s funny) Pastoralia by George Saunders for a creative writing class. Tyler: I was writing (and reading) the very first OOM post! Headline: “Nerd Alert!” Lauren: I was a publicist at a film studio working on a movie called Diary of the Dead and I was reading Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann Suzanne: I wascovering the presidential election with the Scholastic News Kids Press Corpsand I was readingevery news article I could find about the candidates, especially the man who would go on to become the country’s first African-American President. Michael: I was managing operations for both The Scholastic Store in SoHo and our online store, so I spent a lot more time with warehouses and call centers than I do now. I had just moved to ‘the burbs’ and my first book on the train was The Kid - a book that would inspire me to put parenthood in my immediate future. Dante: I was beginning my second month working at Scholastic (and living in NYC) and I was probably reading Novels in Three Lines by Félix Fénéon. Anne: I was working in midtown and was just about to start a brand new job, three blocks away from my old job. I think I was reading The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory. Jessica: I was packing a U-Haul truck and moving to New York City with my dog Pippin. I had just finished the book Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd and was getting ready to get back into reading YA…only I didn’t even know it. Like Jess, I was about to experience a YA reawakening, too! I had just joined Scholastic and was managing internal communications here (the social media “team” didn’t yet exist) and I was reading every middle grade or YA title I could find at work, like the Candy Apple series, the How I Survived Middle School books, and the Main Street series. Where were you five years ago — and what were you reading?