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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