To read or not to read?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!!
  11. 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.
  12. Is there a book from your childhood you would like to read again? If so, what book?
    See 8.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to To read or not to read?

  1. I forgot about the children’s books as gifts. I almost always give a board book to new parents. It is so beneficial to read to kids from the time they are born. I used to read to my kids every night. Usually it was Moo, Moo Brown Cow when my daughter was tiny and then when I had both kids it was Go, Do Go! We spent quite a while at one point doing the hidden picture books, I Spy.

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  5. Lauren says:

    Thanks for joining in Di. I understand how reading time ebbs and flows. Covid has put a huge damper on my reading concentration. Reading blogs is easier on my brain right now.

  6. willowdot21 says:

    You have great tastes Di. I love the Brothers Grim too 💜💜

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