It's always oh-so very wonderful when you stumble upon something unexpected. Something so delightfully cool, that you just want to stamp it with a big I LIKE THIS A LOT sign.
In my case, the unexpected, delightful surprise was my Algebra III teacher.
You see, I hate math. With the fiery passion of a thousand hot boys. I'm good at math. I'm in advanced math, compared to the rest of my class. But I hate it. People who are willing to sit in front of a computer and write down things that they imagine in their head, for hours, without bathroom breaks, should not--I repeat NOT--be forced to do a 100 question review over the chapter. (That's just plain torturous, I tell you!!)
I completed my review the day before. I had all hour to do whatever, since I was finished. So, of course, the little (amazingly fantabulous) nerd that I am, I pull out my current read.
Who would have thought that my teacher would stop and sit down to ask me what I was reading?
Seriously, it was a pretty snazzy moment. Especially when she asked me if I'd read Hunger Games, and then went on to discuss Mockingjay with me. I can't even begin to tell you how cool it was to find out that my math teacher is a fan of several amazing YA titles. I mean, I even lingered in the room talking to her. In the Math Room. *shudder* That's seriously saying something.
That got me thinking about reading as a whole. It really brings people together, you know? You can find avid readers in unexpected places and people. And it's a fact that if you like a book they do, or dislike one, or have any type of opinion at all on one, whether you've read it or not, you'll be forced to become friends like that. Not even be friends, but once you find a comman ground with someone, it's kind of hard to not gush about something to them.
I'm not friends with my math teacher. Maybe I could be. But I hold grudges for assigning homework, for one, and I honestly don't think it's possible to actually be friends with a teacher, for two. But now I go up to her desk, and we chat about books we've read or heard about lately. And it makes math a TEENY TINY MINISCULE bit more bearable.
So now I turn it to you, readers. Do you think books bring unlikely people together? Have you found a friend by your mutual love of reading?