Hi, I’m Trina and I know you’re amazing.

No, not because you’re here on Readviews. Because it’s very likely that if you’re an avid reader, you’re among the few who read beyond the need to in school. For that, I know we are kindred souls.

When I was small, I would read everywhere, literally. In school, in the car, at the dinner table and, ahem, in the bathroom. I developed a sincere love for reading and words at a young age. The letters and their collective meaning as words sparked the magical wonder about how I could use them. I spent hours looking up new words in a dictionary, trying to understand their meaning in a sentence I had just devoured, figuring out the context brought a new world to me – and I held the key to use that term over and over again.

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Bailey

I loved reading and writing so much that throughout my school career I studied great writers, stretched my imagination with creative endeavours, was published, had my work read to large audiences, participated in every drama class I could and decided that I would continue in post-secondary with the dream of becoming an English and drama teacher.

To keep this brief, I studied to become a teacher and graduated with the degree. My career took a turn and I ended up in public service, a completely different way to read, write and engage with others. Regardless of the trade, I consider my love of reading to be one of my greatest successes. Enjoying the knowledge and imagination of others is something I was meant to do in this world.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

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