‘So I say Thank You For The Books…’ is a new weekly feature and where each week someone, blogger or author, tells us who or what inspired their love of reading
This Week I’d Like To Welcome Nayuleska from Nayu’s Reading Corner
Books. I’m now surrounded by them. My room has piles on shelves (which are threatening to fall down under the weight), piles on a chest of drawers (that threaten to fall onto the one holding my bird cage), piles in boxes (for review, for the review TBR pile and my personal TBR pile), and on the floor in the up
and coming TBR books.
These recent piles are a welcome site over a period of years where I read, but not as much as I do now. That period of time was taking up with studying, video games, the
occasional reading and other things.
Before that, was the first Golden Age of Reading (The current
Age, is the Platinum Age of Reading!). I don’t remember when it first began. I know my parents always read to me when I was little. I remember having books fill all
of my shelves. Nothing new, but they weren’t threatening to fall down back then! I didn’t have the money to support my habit. My pocket money had to cover library fines…
I have so many happy memories with books. I remember going
to the library, and checking out the shelves eagerly. I sometimes went for new books, but my favourite library memories were picking out familiar books, over and over. This was at my local
village library, which was, and still is super tiny. I have no idea how many times I took out Asterix and Tin-Tin books – I adored them.
I remember our town library, the old one with the paper card system. I remember going in and looking up a school project on the card index system, just before it closed so they could transfer everything
to the new one.
I remember marvelling how many books were in the new town library.
I also remember the library fines I used to accrue! I know I must have paid well over £100 in fines. I’d either temporarily lose the
books in my room (I lost many other objects), or I’d completely forget the due date. The same went for my school library too! I didn’t mind, even then, because the money went to a good cause.
I remember sitting on the swing we had set up under the garage porch thing, sitting there and reading for hours. I remember,
when I’d put the lights out for bed in the summer, I would scramble to the end of my bed, lift up the curtain and read past my bed time. That was the most fun because it was done in secret! Although I think my parents knew I did that 🙂 Even when I was past the age of reading aloud, I still did so to my family, when they were still for long enough
I remember the first time I got back into reading at school. I was reading, but I couldn’t find a genre I liked. I was
allowed to look on Amazon, and pick out a book. I chose Mercedes Lackey’s Arrow’s Flight. It turned out to be the 2nd in the trilogy,
but I soon got the other two. That set off what is now a life long passion for fantasy stories.
Books are always there for you. When life is good, and more for when life doesn’t look so good, books stay the same. The old ones are familiar and comforting. The new ones provide excitement, and many squeals at the delight of finding more authors to stalk (I mean follow). I know I reduced my reading for a while because I was frightened it would affect my writing. I was correct, but not in the way I thought! Not reading so many books meant my imagination wasn’t fired up. The moment I began reading again, my Muse went along full throttle. It’s even okay reading books that are similar to the ones I’m writiing. I know what’s out there, and so far I haven’t seen anything exactly like mine.
Books for me now are as essential as breathing. When Borders closed down, I went along to the sale. Confession time: I bought a lot of books. I hid them all over my room. It took a few weeks before I set them up on my shelves! There were books in drawers, in cupboards and under my bed. Most are out of their hiding places now.
Each week I get one, two or quite a few books for review. I also buy them. No longer do my parents go ‘More books?’ with a groan. They realise this addiction is for life, and simply say ‘More books than when you went shopping last?’. (Mostly the answer is no).
I love books, and I shall love them forever. I’ll never read all the books in the world, but that’s not going to stop me trying.
Thanks Nayu for an excellent post, I love that last line!
Would you like to be featured in So I Say Thank You For The Books…? I’m looking for bloggers and authors who would like to write a guest post for this weekly feature.
Is there one particular person who inspired your love of books? It could be a relative, teacher, librarian, a particular author…anyone. It could even be a ‘thing’…perhaps a movie prompted you to look up the book which inspired it or a specific event occurred and you’ve never looked back? It’s up to you…now’s your chance to tell us all about it! (Obviously, for privacy reasons, we don’t need full names and photo’s of people!)
There’s more details here. You can be as creative as you like and don’t have to follow the same format. Feel free to email me with any questions!