Musing Mondays (Aug. 19)
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
“When I think of reading… I think of me at age 12, marooned on a bunk-bed fortress in a cramped one-bedroom house in the forest, now 20 miles away from the nearest library. There, I read books kidnapped from my parents’ bookshelves and the Grade 8 library at school, carried by the armload. I coveted steamy V.C. Andrews novels and blew through each new month’s issue of Seventeen, sowing the seeds of a future eating disorder among the red bluffs and Douglas Firs of rural Oregon.” - Sarah Brown, at xoJane
When I think of reading, and how I got my start with it, I recall lying on my bed in my room with a novel. Or, the times that Mom would take my siblings and I to Coles to pick out books. Or, sitting under a tree beside the ditch behind the woods at my grandparents’ farm, on a sunny, summer day.
I think of sitting in the library at college, devouring a novel while others studied.
I think of sitting on the couch in my apartment, while pregnant with my firstborn — and shortly thereafter, when my reading really took off and became my passion.
That’s right …. I didn’t become passionate about reading until I was about 20 years old. I’d always read books, but they weren’t “everything” to me until later on. I didn’t collect them, or spend time talking about them, or join book groups until my twenties. In fact, it was 2002 before I started really getting into the whole “book” community, when I found & joined my first Yahoo! book group online: Canadian Readers.
Now, though, I’m known for my love of books & reading. Family & friends know that, if they need a good recommendation for something to read, they can ask me. Without time to read, I don’t even know who I am any more! LOL (I actually went through a sort of mini identity crisis, a couple of years ago, when I started working full-time, and didn’t have the time to read that I once had — it had been over 13 years since I’d worked full-time, and I’d spent much of those years with my nose in a book. So, to not be able to read was very disturbing! LOL)
I love books. I love reading. I plan to have my own in-home library, some day. And my book collection keeps growing to reflect that.
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PS… If you’re looking for something to muse on, that quote I posted above is from an interesting article called, “Despite What Memes Keep Telling Us, Reading is NOT Sexy!” Discuss! LOL