There are 5 things I love most in this world. Musical Theater, Sports, Pizza, Mac and Cheese, and… BOOKS! Heck, my first job at 15 was as a page at one of my local libraries and in my house growing up, like many others I assume, reading a book (or a few) before bed was a nightly ritual.
So imagine my surprise when I found out that the NFL has an “unofficial librarian”! That’s right, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has been given that title after establishing his book club almost 3 years ago. In a time where it feels like the only news coming out of the NFL is either shocking, infuriating, frustrating, or just down right disappointing the league sure could use a feel good kind of moment right now.
So How Does It Work?
The formula is pretty simple actually. Luck picks two books a month that are targeted towards two different audiences. The two categories, Rookie and Veteran, are not surprisingly sports themed.
“I just choose a book, or two books — a rookie and a veteran book a month,” Luck said. “I try to keep it very simple. Rookies generally are the books I read as a child. And then the veteran books are sort of what I’m reading now, and I thought that would be a fun way to maybe encourage people who wouldn’t read, to read and pick it.”
“Joining” the club is as easy as it gets. There are no initiation fees or annual dues or shared blood oaths that need to be made. Heck, you don’t even need to buy the book technically. I can’t recommend the use of your local library highly enough. I could praise libraries and go on and on about how they are the most undervalued institution in our country but this neither the time or place for that.
The only requirement is a love for and/or interest in the joy of a shared reading experience. Well, that and the possibility of finding a great new read which I am all for. The discussions of the books take place over whichever one of your social media platforms you prefer (Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.) In addition, Luck hosts a monthly podcast where he interviews authors and even offers apperances by special guests. Espescially during football season.
There is so much to like about this. First and foremost is using your fame to share the love of books and reading and the worlds they open up to us all. Second is that amongst all the bad news that seems to be coming out of the NFL recently it is certainly a relief to have at least a little bit of good news.
For more information on what Andrew is currently reading and to join visit http://andrewluckbookclub.com
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