Maggie is setting the theme for this week’s Throwback Thursday. You can find out more here.
This week’s prompt is: Reading Culture and Books Think about how your grandparents, parents, siblings and friends felt about reading. Then consider how this impacted your life as you matured. You can respond to the following questions as they are, or you can use them to spark your own memories and write your own post.
I always liked to read, and was a school librarian from 1970 to 1972.
However, embarrassing as it was, my reading habits really took hold in 1977 when I read five paperbacks whilst on honeymoon. These were The Swarm, The Killing Gift, Jaws, Incubus and Suffer the Children. After that, I got into Stephen King, Dean Kontz and James Herbert to name but a few. Husband of the time wasn’t a reader, and certainly not a fan of horror. We separated in 1980 and divorced in June 1981.
These days I don’t read as much and have books on the shelf from several Christmases ago that I haven’t even opened. I recently finished Geoff Le Pard’s The Art of Spirit Capture and am currently reading Mothers and Daughters by Erica James.
This week I’m using Maggie’s guidelines for my post.
- Who were the readers in your family?
Mum liked her magazines, but I cannot really remember any of us permanently having our noses in a book.
- Were there some people who did not like to read or could not read?
We could all read, even if it was just the newspaper and completing the crossword.
- Did your family subscribe to the newspaper?
No, nothing like that. We’d have an evening Echo and maybe a daily that Dad brought home when he was on the building site.
- If you did get the paper, was your Sunday newspaper considered special? What part did you enjoy?
Dad always had the Sunday Mirror and would collect it when he went up to the papershop for his weekly packet of Digger Shag baccy. There was always a problem page and crossword.
- Did your home have books strewn around? Hardbacks or paperbacks?
We had a set of encyclopedias to help us with our homework, but most other books were on the bedside table or propping it up.
- Did you frequent the library at school?
At junior school, we had the council mobile library visit once a fortnight and I read a lot of E Nesbit books as you could only borrow them for two weeks then.
- How about the local community library? Did you have a library card?
Since being married to Hubby, we have both enrolled in the local library, not necessarily to borrow books or DVDs, but to use their computers and printing facilities.
- What was the first book you remember reading?
Where the Rainbow Ends by Clifford Mills. My Dad bought it for me from a second hand shop and it had colourful illustrations in it. I read it in one night and sadly don’t know what happened to it. It is out of print now and a collectors item.
- Did you have a collection of books (Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters, etc?)
No, but I had over 75 titles by one particular author, and had several other favourites which had shelves all to themselves.
- Did you read comic books? If so, what titles?
As a kid, I bought Judy and Bunty comics every week with my pocket money. I got two bob (10p today) and each was 6d (2½p). Those were the days. There was also The Beezer, Beano and Dandy, but I didn’t buy them, I think my brother did!!
- Did you end up a bookworm, a casual reader, or someone who read only when required?
I was a proper bookworm in the ’70s and 80s, then it eased off a little. When I unofficially retired in 2007, I picked it up again and with no TV, would put on a CD and read for hours as I didn’t blog then.
- Is there a book from your childhood you would like to read again? If so, what book?
- What book or books have been extremely meaningful or influential in your life?
I can’t really say as most of what I’ve read has been fiction. There have been a couple that made me cry though.
- BONUS QUESTION: What book(s) do you frequently gift to others? Why?
I always gave books as Christmas gifts to friend’s children or my nieces. They were usually classic like Grimms Fairy Tales, Beatrix Potter, or Winnie the Pooh. They are true classics and I think every child should read them.