In Memory of My Favorite Reader

An update to What Do You Do When Your Favorite Reader Can’t Read Anymore?

A few weeks ago I shared the fact that my grandmother had lost her eyesight and could no longer read books in the traditional manner. The support from you, my fellow book lovers, and the suggestions you offered, were greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, my grandmother will no longer be reading with us on earth. She passed away a week ago. As I prepare for her memorial service tomorrow, I’ve been reflecting on just how much she loved books and reading.

Moppy & Sarah (maybe)

As I’ve spent the past week going through pictures, I came across this little gem of her reading to me when I was very young, probably in 1990. When I was 3, she bought me my first encyclopedia. When I was 10 and obsessed with Harry Potter, she read the first book, and every book thereafter, so she would know what on earth Quidditch was. And last year, she went to London with my sister and learned how to fly a broomstick for herself.


My grandmother, who my sister and I affectionately refer to as Moppy, loved adventure, adventure of any kind. She traveled widely, not just in real life but in books as well. Her love of reading, and in particular her love of discussing books with me will always comfort me during the times that I really miss her most. So maybe, before this terrible month is over, I’ll finish my next book. And write the book that we had always intended to write together, the adventures of Merton (her hedgehog) and Ellie (my elephant) and their travels around the world together.

15 thoughts on “In Memory of My Favorite Reader”

  1. Oh I’m so sorry to hear this. It’s a pain like nothing else to lose a grandparent you’re close with, but I’m glad you have these joyful photos and memories and stories. Cherish them, they’ll be so meaningful and comforting for you in the time to come. She seems like such a fun and thoughtful lady. Her broomstick picture is just the best!

    I know it’s not easy…my grandmother instilled the love of reading in me too, along with so much else and you’ll carry all that she taught and gave you with you always. Sending you a big hug across the blogosphere and wishing you so much strength right now!

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  2. Oh Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. You never get over losing someone you love but they do stay a part of you. She seems like she was a wonderful woman and a wonderful influence, and is a very great part of you.

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