Hannah Niemeier loves to read. The 24-year-old said reading is one of her favorite things to do. When she was little she used to get in trouble for reading at dinner (like me!) and she used to have “book sleepovers” and just read with her best friend.
During the coronavirus pandemic, she’s been taking up a new hobby: organizing and sanitizing books in Little Libraries around her neighborhood.
“The Dallas Public Library was closed for a while, and I was desperate for books, but I still wanted to be cautious during COVID. I figured this was the best way for people to still be able to enjoy the books from little library while being safe.” Niemeier said.
So she took a bottle of Clorox wipes and wiped down the covers of all of the books! Now she does it regularly.
Not only does she love to read, she also likes to hang out with her friends, work out, and volunteer at her church. I loved interviewing Hannah Niemeier – read our interview below!
Question: Why do love books so much?
Answer: I’ve loved reading since I was little. I used to get in trouble for trying to read at the dinner table!
When I was younger, it was so fun to have my parents read to me. My dad would always read in a goofy way, where he made up silly things and pretended to read the book – but really he was just making up his own parts to the story and trying to make me laugh.
Today reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I like it even better than watching a television show or a movie. When I read, I feel like I become friends with the characters, and I love cheering them on. I get lost in my own little world. Sometimes I even get sad when I finish a book because I feel like I said goodbye to a friend.
Q: Is there an author who really inspires you? Why?
A: F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors. He’s not inspirational in a traditional way, but his books inspire me to have an imagination and not be so serious all the time.
Q. What genre of books do you like best?
A. My favorite genre would be thrillers or suspense. I like the page-turners because I never want to put the book down. I’m doing a challenge right now though where I’m supposed to read non-fiction books. It’s not as fun, but I’m definitely learning a lot more.
Q. What books did you read as a kid?
A. I read even more as a kid than I do today! Some of my favorites were the Babysitters Club, the Harry Potter series and A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Q. Is there an inspirational quote from a book that really stands out to you?
A. This one was hard for me. I’ve read Anne Frank many times, and I’ve even visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam with my best book friend, Rachel. I really like this quote of hers: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Q. How do you choose the books you read?
A. My best friend, Rachel, is an avid reader, so I mainly trust her suggestions. We’ve known each other since Kindergarten, so she knows what I like to read. Also, my neighborhood has a “little library,” so a lot of times I just choose whatever book is in there.
Q. I heard you and your friend did “book sleepovers” when you were a kid. Can you tell me more about that?
A. My best friend Rachel is one of the reasons I got so into reading. Like I said, we’ve been friends since age five. I always enjoyed reading, and so did she. Whenever we would hang out, we would spend a lot of our time just reading side by side – including when we had sleepovers! We would just swap books whenever we had finished one. Once in fifth grade, we took turns reading the thickest book in our school library, “Crusader” by Edward Bloor. We didn’t really enjoy the book, but we wanted to be able to say we had read it.