Did you like to read when you were a child?
I enjoyed reading when I was a teenage, I don’t remember if reading was a huge part of my elementary years! I have one very specific memory of my grandmother. It was a little joke we played on her every time we went to visit her. We would ask her to read Pinocchio to us. She would always say yes but the real reason we wanted her to read it to us was she always struggle with the name Geppetto. Sometimes she would try to skip the pages that had his name on it then it would become another game to try and catch her trying to skip those pages. I would giggle and laugh as she would struggle to pronounce his name. She new that we picked that book because she couldn't say his name but she always read it to us every time. It was a fun game and when I remember it make me smile!
What were your favorite genres, books or series?
I loved Pippi Longstocking and I remember a series of books about a bunch of children who lived in a boxcar “The Boxcar Kids” I think. I have a faint memory of one book I read a very long time ago and I can not remember the title nor the author. It was about a brother and sister and they were on a treasure hunt around their home for clues left by their father. I wish I could remember what the book was called because it was one of the first books I really enjoyed and I read it over and over again! I loved Dr. Seuss and who didn’t read all those small hardback books with the golden spines, love our “Golden Books”
Did you read books because of the author or because of the title/plot?
Back in the day it was all about plot and title. If it sounded good in title and the description then I wanted to read it! Now I have some select authors that I love and specific genera’s that I lean to!
Did you own many books?
Not really when I was younger, once I was in my teen years I found that I reserved a certain amount of my meager paycheck for those trips to the book store. I remember usually having a small stack of books on had to read. Being a bit of a wall flower I regularly had lot of time to read.
Did your school distribute the Scholastic book orders (or some other type)?
They did but I never got anything from it. Money was always very tight so there was very little unnecessary spending.
Do you have any particular memories of your school libraries?
Not really. I did volunteer in my daughters school library when she was in Middle School one afternoon a week. It was fun to get to know the children that would come in. After a while they started to recognize me and I began to learn there names, which was a real challenge as there were about 19 different nationalities at this school.
What were your favorites and least favorites among the classics (the ones high school English teachers assign!)?
I absolutely hated “1984” and “Catcher in the Rye” even now as I think about these two book I still don’t not understand there inclusion in the literary list of required reading. I enjoyed reading Shakespeare, especially his lighter plays like Much Ado About Nothing, love that one!
If you didn't like reading, do you like it more today than you did then?
Today I absolute love to read, I would love nothing more than to spend my days reading but domestically speaking that would not be advantageous to both my parental duties as well as wifely responsibilities. I do find the time to read the book I want to read and I have learned that when I want to schedule time to read then I need to be a bit more disciple in other areas to insure that I don’t feel guilty for spending a few hours settled in with a good book!
Well I may go do a bit of reading…
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