After churning through over three books a day for the last three months, a 14-year-old from the Bronx has been named New York’s reader of the summer.
Brittany Lopez read 325 books – a mix of novels and comics – between June and August this year, and has just been rewarded for her bookwormery by being named winner of the New York public library’s summer reading contest.
The teenager told the New York Daily News that her favourite book was Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses, about “vampire-crazed goth girl” Raven, with Harry Potter and manga also ranking highly.
“At times, I did go outside and play and hang out with my friends, but I think reading is the most important,” she told the paper. “It helps your creativity. It’s not only for entertainment, it helps your knowledge … My mind is like a sponge. I take it all in.”
She’d go to the library every morning, if possible, Lopez told CBS New York. “Every day, I went home and read books. I barely watched any TV,” she said.