Saturday, March 17, 2012
How can I put this? I would be lost without books. Everyone read in my family of origin. You would often find one or both of my parents enjoying books in their leisure time and all my brothers were big readers. We had what was known as a children's library about a mile from our house. This small county library almost exclusively contained children's books (though there was a very small adult collection that rotated regularly). During the summer, the kids would take weekly walks to the library, carting eight books to and from (eight being the maximum you could check out). Afternoons and evenings were about finding the best place to read and doing just that. I remember realizing, while I was in college and grad school, that my recreational reading had diminished quite a bit. Of course, I read voraciously for school (I took quite a few English classes simply for the pleasure of reading and analyzing literature - English was neither my major nor my minor) but that was not the same. Once I managed to stop going to school so much, I picked back up the recreational reading habit and have not put it down since. I enjoy primarily contemporary fiction, some mysteries, lots of biographies, some historical fiction, essay and poetry collections and a wide variety of non fiction books (mostly in the social sciences). If I am ever fortunate enough to be able to retire, I know I will want to spend a good chunk of time every day simply reading the many books that are already on my "must read" list -- and I know there will be more books to add to that list!