Books are my first love, no doubt about that.
As a young child, I cherished my hardback Dr Seuss books. They lived on the upper shelf, lined up neatly in a row where I could admire the brightly colored spines. My mothers tells me that when my younger sister became mobile it was a huge issue for me that she attempted to ‘read’ those books. I was terrified she would damage them. There were few things that I considered valuable at that age and books were at the top of the list.
In my early teen years, we moved to a small community about 30 minutes from the house I grew up in. One of the first places I discovered was the library. It wasn’t large but there was always something to catch my attention. I loved the vintage bathtubs (reading nooks, if you will) that were in the children’s section and I spent many Saturdays curled up in one reading contentedly.
I read whatever caught my attention – the first series I remember being devoted to around that age was Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitter’s Club. I’m very much like Mary Ann but I secretly longed to be more like Claudia.
Making the decision to cross over into the ‘adult’ section of the library was life changing. I walked the rows over and over, with my head tilted sideways looking for a title that caught my attention. I discovered that I really love reading biographies. To hear someone tell their story is such an awesome thing!
As my teenage years went on, life changed and library Saturday’s were replaced with theatre rehearsals and sleepovers. After high school I started working and eventually got married – then moved to North Carolina. After the birth of my son, life got even busier.
But one thing has never changed for me. When I want to relax or am in need of comfort, I find a blanket and a book. I enjoy movies, television and browsing the Internet as much as the next person – but there is nothing like immersing yourself in a book!
If you’re a bibliophile too, it really needs no explanation.
It has only been within the last few years that I have begun to embrace e-books. That was a very hard transition for me. Holding a device is absolutely not comparable to the experience of a book. I love the weight of a book in my hands, the smell of the ink and the subtle reminders of the lasting impression a book makes on someone – dog eared pages, underlined passages, and the creak of a broken in spine.
(Personally, I do not mark in my books. The mere thought makes me a bit anxious. You should have seen my face the first time I opened one of my sister’s nursing textbooks. All that highlighter – the permanent fluorescent yellow was horrifying!)
Getting a tablet and starting to travel really converted me to e-books. Now I can take an entire collection with me and not have to choose just one or two that fit in my bag! Also, people don’t borrow e-books. Don’t misunderstand me, I am happy to share my favorites but when I was on my 4th copy of Mists of Avalon in 3 years it was a bit much.
Here, have a screen cap of my current selection:
I read a lot of chick-lit, some mystery/thriller and a smattering of fantasy. Yes, there’s erotica in there. I’ll have you know I am not a 50-Shader. I started down that road with much higher quality smut, thank you very much!
I’m working on slowly getting digital versions of my favorite books. However, I find my collection expanding much more quickly these days since I signed up with BookBub. I love books and I especially love free or discounted books! If you’re interested please Google it (no affiliate link stuff here).
Do you have any hobbies that you’re especially passionate about? What was your favorite book as a child? What about now? Please feel free to share!