Thursday, August 23, 2007

BTT: Indoctrination (August 23, 2007)

This week's question

Using a suggestion from Erin today:

When growing up did your family share your love of books? If so, did one person get you into reading? And, do you have any family-oriented memories with books and reading? (Family trips to bookstore, reading the same book as a sibling or parent, etc.)

I'm the eldest in the family so I get to set the precedent. My parents are not readers. What really kick-started my reading habit and love for books was when I read my first mystery novel by Enid Blyton in her The Famous Five series. I can't remember the title but I do remember it was borrowed from the primary school library. From then on, I just kept borrowing and borrowing and then decided to buy my own. Every now and then, my school had book exhibitions and I bought some cheap paperbacks (Nancy Drew, Enid Blyton, and Hardy Boys) using my pocket money. During weekends, I pestered (yes, I need to pester them) to take me to the bookstores to buy books. I'd promise them I'd be good, I'd help with the house work, etc etc. I would spend hours there... My mom can't really stand the smell of books and often, she'll end up in the ladies. The smell kind of stimulated her bowels. Hmmm... LOL.

Happy BTT, everyone!

Book Quote:

"A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas—a place where history comes to life."

— Norman Cousins