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Teen Talk

August 24, 2013

Teenhood Today: 'Spring' cleaning a time for reflection


I have never been able to say “no” to a free or cheaply priced book. I honestly don’t think I will ever be able to walk by a “free” sign outside of a library and not cart home a few. So as I was spring cleaning, I didn’t even bother going through my books with the intent of getting rid of any. That doesn’t mean I didn’t allot time to the bookcase. Oh no, I still sat in front of it and read the first page (and sometimes the first chapter) of every single book.

I love doing that. It’s a way to remember the story and characters of a book that I’ve already read. It’s also a way to organize my reading list. The books that have a fantastic beginning and hook always climb to the top of the list, while those that appear to start off at a gentle walking speed tend to mosey their way to the end of the line.

As you can probably tell, spring-cleaning is always very difficult for me. I don’t like getting rid of stuff. But then I have to ask myself: how many bouncy balls does a person really need?

Miriam A. Thurber is a rising junior at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at

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