I see that this post is from April. but because I'm here for such a short time, I want to add something very important.
T39C Has meant the world to me.
As far as the books go, it was a magical experience. I started reading them when i was eight. I'm 18 now, and I still read them. There is an entire colorful shelf in my room, amongst all of my other books. They truly taught me so much. I learned so much about science, and I now can give random facts that I never would have known. They have greatly increased my wanderlust, and have opened my eyes to so many beautiful places that I otherwise would never have known about. I still dream of going to Jakarta. The same goes for art apreciation. In fact, I went to Itay this past summer, and at the top of my list was to see the Medusa sheild. "The Medusa Plot" prompted me years ago to look up Caravaggio, and I fell in love with his unique style and amazing works. It was then a surreal experience to stand in the Caravaggio room at the Ufitzi. I couldn't help but stand in awe of the sheild, and reminisce about the book.
The historical good that these books have done me is an entirely different point. I started reading the books because I liked history. Fast forward to now, and I'm contemplating a history major. THey have given me so many things to research and study that I otherwise would have never known about. They have also been a tremendous help in school. I have actually recommend people certain books when they were struggling with a topic. They have also helped me greatly. For instance, I knew all about Carthage and Tunisia because of Breakaway. Also, so much of the first series has helped me with little things in a Churchill class I am currently taking, like 4 and 7.
After I had finished the series though, I moved onto the MB. I can't even beguine to describe what the existence of this places has done for me. I made so many beautiful and unique friends. They were my only support group when I endured some of the hardest times of my life. They still loved me and helped me when I was at my worst and most heartbroken point. They have influenced my perspective on life greatly. They have taught me to take care of myself, and that I wasn't alone. I learned what a healthy support for mental health looked like, on here of all places.
This place also encouraged me to be better. It was where I fell in love deeply with writing. It's funny that I type this today, because I literally just wrote a blog post about my writing and how this place encouraged me to do so. It also taught me that it's ok to like learning. I was a really geeky child, but here I learned to fangirl. I learned that it was ok to think science was cool and it was ok to read all summer. It also taught me how to really be around so many different types of people. It also showed me the beauty of the human spirit.
All of this would have never been possible if I never picked up a little blue book with skulls on it ten years ago. And to all of you that were responsible for placing it on my local bookshelf, I thank you so so so so much. Also, I am incredibly proud of the editors for the subplot that you've put in about Hamilton in the last two books.
I am so sad that I can't remember the exact quote right now, but two of my favored clue moments ever were in Breakaway, When Ian was Nellie's reference for her job, and when Ian, Jonah, and Ham called Amy to comfort her about the interview with Evan's parents. And my favorite book was Doomsday.
Thank you thank you thank you once again,