Have you always read books or did you start as an adult?

Where did your love of books come from?

My love started as soon as I could read so birthdays and christmas always bought a few more books.  I loved the annuals at christmas time.  Every night saw me go to bed to read and most times never turned the light out until I was threatened with the removal of the book.  Once I started a book I had to finish it, there was no, just reading a couple of pages and putting it down.  I am still like that and will read all the time no matter what is going on.  I think my reason for reading at such an early age was escapism as I was a very lonely child even though my grandparents were the very best I always felt very different from all the other kids.  Divorce and living with your Nan and Granddad were unheard of then.

We had the newspaper delivered every day and Nan got her magazine once a week and she used to read me the story about the robin and as soon as I could read I had a comic delivered, I was always up and ready early on those mornings so I could have a quick read before school.  I think Twinkle was the first one and that progressed up to Jackie over the years and then Loving and Love Affair as I loved the stories in those.

Enid Blyton was the best author as far as I was concerned, how did she think up these great adventures although I used to think she was writing about herself and envied her so much for having such cool friends and camps.

I would never give any of my books away and made Granddad put them all up in the loft in a big metal trunk, not sure how he got the metal trunk up there.  I can remember when I was married asking him if I could have some of the books and he told me he had given a lot to the children hospital, I was devastated at the time but pleased they went to a good place.

I read library books every week as we used to go every Saturday to change them and I am sure I read every Enid Blyton book they had.  Topsy and Tim was also a favourite of mine.  From the age of about ten I helped out in the library every Saturday afternoon, how good was that stamping the books out and going through the cards and then I made a library at home with all my books.

As I was an only child and lived with my grandparents I would often get a bit bored so Granddad used to make up topics and I would get a new exercise book and then go and find the books I needed and find out about the topic  Once it was clouds and I knew all the names of all the different ones and did drawings of them all.

I guess once a reader always a reader and I now read almost any books apart from historical as I prefer the modern-day.  Of course my dream would be to see my book in a library or in the window of Waterstones.



10 thoughts on “YOUR LOVE OF READING

  1. When did my love of reading start? My mother read to us at a very early age – until I took over the task with my younger siblings (a lot of Dr. Seuss, I recall). Several early elementary school teachers read chapters of various books while we all put our heads down in the middle of the day or gathered in a circle on the floor, God bless ’em. Like you, I always hated it that I had to wait to find out how they ended. Even today I struggle to put down a novel until I’ve read it straight through. (fiction only, I can read non-fiction self-help or neurology tomes in dribs an drabs)

    My earliest favs were the Dick and Jane series. I repurchased an anthology of the complete series a few years back – and fought to be given what was left of a tattered set of our Childcraft Encyclopedia (my brothers lost 2 volumes, but I have all the others).

    I “graduated” to The Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew – then moved to classics like Treasure Island, Heidi, etc. I tackled Gone with the Wind in the 4th grade – my first “big” book. My favorite Christmas present was a children’s dictionary – so I guess I’ve been a book-nerd all my life.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
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  2. Our childhoods were very different. I have ten brothers and sisters so there was always a crowd around. But the thing that is the same is our love of reading. I read every book I could get my hands on. I loved Treasure Island, little Women, and Anne of Green Gables. Nancy Drew became a favourite and I also enjoyed The Hardy Boys (thanks to my brothers). I still read mostly detective stories, and my favourites are British police procedurals. So we have a lot in common after all.

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    • Yes I love a good detective story. It’s nice writing about our memories and remembering things we had forgotten.
      I loved horses and think there were a set of books about a girl and her pony about their adventures but can’t remember names. Let’s hope today’s children read as much as us xx


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