I have often thought about doing a post for this, even when I did not have a blog to write it in, so I thought it was about time I stopped procrastinating and got my shit together and start it off..
I did not want to list endless questions otherwise it would get a tad boring me thinks, I did want to ask just five, but as I wrote the questions, they kept coming!
- What is your earliest memory of reading and can you remember the book/s?
- Do you remember who taught you to read? were you reading before school?
- Memories of childhood books – you can list as many as you want to or as little, ones you liked or did not, this is an open question, so have a blast with it
- Can you remember any books that had an impact on the younger you, and if so, why and what were they?
- Do you still own books from your childhood / teenage years, if so, what are they and why have you kept them?
- What kind of books did you read when you were older, ie Teenage years and into adulthood
- If you have had children, what books did you read them?
- Do you have any all time favourite book? did it coincide with a life event, if so elaborate
- After years of reading, have you settled into a particular genre(s) or happy to flit around every one?
- What are you reading now and do you see yourself reading into the future?
- My Earliest Memory of reading is a Ladybird book, the Peter and Susan books, I spoke to my mum for this to see if she remembers anything earlier, but no, “too long ago” cheers mum for making me feel, youthful…not, I also have this very vague memory of being in a car and reading Enid Blyton Famous Five books, I can remember my appetite for these books were veracious. I always remember reading a Paddington Bear book.
- I have no recollection of being taught to read, but I do remember reading ever since I can remember and helping my older brother too. I know that I was reading before I went to school.
- The ones that immediately come to mind are Enid Blyton Famous Five and Malory Towers, Swallows and Amazons
- At the time writing this, no one book in particular stands out, but I do remember reading ‘Tim’ by Collen McCullough, about a relationship between a younger Man and an older woman, however Tim, has the mindset of a child, this relationship starts out on a chance meeting and they become friends, but it turns into a forbidden love and it is such a lovely story, still have the book, it’s a bit worse for wear, as I read it quite a few times, which is unusual for me, as I am not a great re-reader. I am almost frightened to read it again actually because I like to keep the happy memories I have of me reading it.
- My mum apparently kept some of my Ladybird and Enid Blyton books in her loft somewhere….. I am not going in there though…have you seen how full it is up there!! ( but would love to hold them in my hands again)
- I can remember at school when all my friends were reading Danielle Steele, I was reading mainly James Herbert and Stephen King, to me, these books were waaaaaaaaay more interesting than the other books my friends were reading. To be honest with you I only read the ‘saucy’ passages of the Steele books for a giggle with my mates. College and further, I continued on my journey with Herbert and King, I got into Anne Rice, Frederick Forsyth, John Grisham and Micheal Crichton and Thomas Harris aka the Hannibal Lector Franchise and found an author called Jillian Hoffman this was the time I realised that I was no Mills and Boons reader, and to this day, overly romantic books and ones that are classed as ‘chick lit’ bring me out in hives!
- I have a daughter, and from the my memory, she has this favourite book, it was interactive where you had to look for bear, the boy in the story was going to bed, but couldn’t find his teddy, so you had to look for it , it was cute, for some reason though, it used to make me yawn like crazy reading it! Her long time favourite, even know and she is all grown up is Victoria Plum, she just adored these stories. Later on though, I used to read Harry Potter to her, those are nice memories.
- All time favourite book, I can actually say, hand on heart that I do not, which is a shame really, I have books that I have really liked, but no favourite that I turn to every now and then, I seem to have difficulty choosing favourite things out of all subjects, except Tea, I love English Breakfast! Having said that I did adore The Thorn Birds.
- As you have probably guessed, I am not one for flouncey stories and books with titles such as ‘Lust under the Moonlight’ or Love at Ten paces’ or some other drivel (apologies if they are your fav… each to their own and all that) but I do like gutsy books, books that have some meat in its core, so I can digest it and take my fill of adventure, mystery and fantasy, I like to take my leave of hum drum life sometimes and escape into the pages and taste danger and venture into situations that, I know I can escape with the closure of the book, set it down and keep the menagerie that exists within those pages FIRMLY within! I love Historical fiction especially of the Tudor Period, but tend to stick to the same authors, Philippa Gregory, Elizabeth Fremantle and Alison Weir I might venture out one day!
- I am reading ‘Like a River Glorious’ by Rae Carson at the moment, not going through as quickly as I had hoped, but I am plodding on. Do I see myself reading in the future …………DAMN STRAIGHT I AM! I might have to go onto large print in years to come or stick to audiobooks, But I cannot see a time when I am without my books around me. Who knows what the future brings to books, perhaps they will make them interactive on day with smells or whatever, but no matte what, I will be partaking 🙂
Phew, that was hard work!
Didn’t perhaps turn out as I had planned, but such is life, initially was thinking to reference a few books from different stages of my life and talk about them, but my memory the way it is these days, I couldn’t really think of any books in particular, I am sure there were them, and if I ever get into the loft and search out that box of books, then it might trigger memories, but until then, this will have to do!
Hope you enjoyed this tag and did not find it too boring, Please feel free to do this tag SO LONG AS YOU CREDIT ME and let me know you have done it, so I can read your answers, will be interesting to see them.
I will however tag several people –
- Ashley form Parttimebooknerd ( a lovely lady and one I would like to call a friend)
- Cait from Paper fury ( I love her blog and sense of humour)
- Brittany’s Book Rambles ( a beautiful blog )
- Readers In Wonderland ( love to stop by here )
Well, that’s enough from me today, have a good one and remember –
have a great day now and TTFN