My Favourite Things: Books
There is no way I could have done this challenge and avoided talking about books. Books are one of my passions and my life would be incomplete without them. Unfortunately, they have kind of invaded my life and my house and everyone room boasts several books, probably more. My night table holds a precarious pile of books and I am in constant fear that if I so much as shake the table, they will go tumbling down and take everything else with them.
I have developed this nasty habit of reading more than one book at a time, and usually have at least five on the go at once. This I blame solely on my mother, whose reading habits I picked up at an early age. While I did spend an inordinate amount of time outside as a child, I also had a nasty habit of staying up late reading in bed, a habit I have continued to this day.
When I was a kid, I remember signing up for book contests and winning most of them because I could read faster than most kids could. I remember one librarian doubting the number of books I read one summer so she sat me down and drilled me on the content of every book I had listed. I must have passed because she never said anything after the drilling session, just handed me my reward, tight-lipped as if she couldn't believe I had read all of them. I think the biggest shock was when I had to relate the contents of Flowers in the Attic when I was ten years old and she couldn't believe my mom had let me read it. Of course, I didn't understand a lot of what I had read until I re-read it several years later and did the "Oh, that's what that means" and "Oh my!" thing. But my mom didn't believe in censoring, bless her, as it would have been hard to hold back a daughter who was a gifted reader, and I probably would have found a way to sneak the book anyways.
Why do I like reading so much? I don't really know, to be honest. Oh, I could spout the usual things about educating the mind (which it does), increasing my vocabulary (absolutely), studies about
So basically, I like reading because it's part of my genetic code and it comes as naturally as breathing to me. It's more than just transporting me to another world or into other peoples' lives, it's about the journey. I read because I can!!!