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Monday, May 18, 2009

Musing Monday

Today's Musing Monday asks:

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading? Was it from a particular person, or person(s)? Do you remember any books that you read, or were read to you, as a young child? (question courtesy of Diane)

I don't remember when I started liking books or reading. It's been a part of me forever. I always had books in my room, and there were always books in our home. I always loved them. I would get books in my Christmas Stocking, in my Easter Basket, for any special occasion. Whether it was a conscious effort on the part of my parents, I don't know. I remember that my mom would read aloud to my sisters and me, especially during car trips. I have two sisters who are big readers like me, and one who reads, but not as voraciously as the rest of us.

Growing up, I adored the Little House books. I wanted to be Laura. I also loved the Bobbsey Twins and many of my books are inscribed from my mom and dad. I loved Betty Cavanna books, and the Katie Rose books by Lenora Mattingly Weber. (Those confessions alone, really date me!) My very favorite book from childhood is the Little Golden Book, Little Mommy. My original copy was old and worn and falling apart and for a long time it was out of print. Imagine my joy last year, when I found it in my Christmas stocking. It was reprinted!!

I loved going to the library. The elementary school librarian was my favorite teacher in school. I can still see the layout of the library and I can remember where certain books were on the shelves. Same goes for my hometown library. I would ride my bike to the library and stay for hours. In the summer, I loved to climb the tree in our front yard and read, hidden in the leaves.

Both of our boys are big readers. We made a conscious effort to have books around them from the time they were babies. We've always read to them and with them, and they see us reading. I love seeing them enjoy books as much as I do and I adore it when they want to share what they've read with me.

I worked full-time for many years and during that time I certainly didn't read to the same level that I do now. I read when I could on a lunch hour and usually at night before falling asleep. Several years ago, after I had quit working, my youngest was in school full-time. It was then, that I got back into reading and discovered book blogging and reviewing.

What about you? Did you always love reading?

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8 comments:

Sherrie said...

Hi!
It's wonderful that you liked reading as a child! I didn't but you can read about this at my place. Just Books. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

gautami tripathy said...

I am so grateful to my dad for my reading. And mom too!

Here is my post

Rebecca Talley said...

I loved books when I was very small and still have my favorite books on special shelves in my house.

I love to walk into bookstores and just smell the books.

I've tried to instill a love of reading in my kids--some love to read, others don't.

Dar said...

I loved The Little House books, still do actually. My mom had me reading from as young as I can remember. I can't imagine a life without books.

mattviews said...

That asthma had confined me indoor helped cultivate my passion for reading.

I learned to read in nursing school, sent home with these pictorial books with easy characters, both in English and Chinese.

Nymeth said...

I can't remember how I began either...I remember being surrounded by books since I was very little. They've always been a part of my life.

jennysbooks said...

Everyone else in my family remembers wanting to learn to read before they were able to read. I don't have any memories like that at all. My parents say I learned to read from one of those read-aloud tapes of Lady and the Tramp; and I remember the tape, reading along with the tape, but I have no recollection of not being able to read. I am always scheming how to get away and do some more reading!

The Social Frog said...

I liked the Ann Of Green Gables series :)
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