Why Do I Love Books So Much?

My name is Gracie Shackelford, an online digital content creator whose obsessed with books. A lot of people wonder just how exactly I got into book blogging. My story begins on September 30, 2008- when I was diagnosed with AL Leukemia- a childhood cancer of the blood. I was 11-years-old and completely out of my comfort zone. I had no idea what was going to happen to me and no way to make sure my voice was heard amongst the doctors or nurses I grew up around.

I ended up finding my voice & self-expression through books. My mother brought me my first ever book that wasn't assigned reading for school and from there I fell in love with books. Books gave me an escape from the daily hospital routines I felt stuck in. During my final years in chemotherapy, I ended up stumbling upon an online digital book community in high school; wherein I got to share my interests with other people just like me. I was able to cope with the traumatic experience I'd been through by sharing my love of literature & expressing myself through digital content. 

My process of this video was to make it seem as if I was having a one-on-one discussion with a friend about my life experience, hence why I made the video so soothing. I wanted to share my unique photography centered around my love of books because that's what this whole video is about...books!! Furthermore, I added these old-time filters to make the video seem more nostalgic because I was talking abotu a previous time in my life. 

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