‘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 weeks post comes from Pauline Barclay, Book Lover and author of two novels.
Why I Love Books by Pauline Barclay
I was shocked and saddened in equal quantities, when the other day a friend told me she had never read a book in her life! Shocked because I can’t imagine life without books, and saddened because of how much she is missing. Since her school days, she happily confessed, she has never read a single book, and that is well over half a century ago. I wonder how she manages to walk past bookshops or book stalls and not stop. I would have to be dragged away, but with a bag full of books of course!
My love of reading goes so far back I can barely remember life without a book. My first recollection of reading was a wonderful weekly magazine titled Sunny Stories by Enid Blyton and that was long before Enid Blyton weaned me onto the wonderful Famous Five books where my imagination did summersaults. But before those days, I enjoyed the lovely Ladybird books – The Billy Goat Gruff, Three Little Pigs and many more. As well as these wonderful books, by then I had been given my first bible by my Nana, and yes, I still have it! It is filled with lovely pictures. I was also bought lovely children’s bible stories and can remember being very upset about Daniel in the Lions Den and the story of baby Moses. Another of the books I loved when I was young was my 365 Bedtime Stories. I can still see the book in my minds eye it was a large thick book with a blue cover filled with pictures of the stories waiting to be read inside. I loved this book!
My parents have always been avid readers. Mum is a great fan of Agatha Christie’s, murder mystery and also loves historical. She reads so much I loose track nowadays. Dad is a science fiction lover. When we were young and as my parents had to work long hours to keep everything together, my sister and I had a weekly job: Visit the library and change, not only our books, but mum and dad’s too. The library at that time was new and modern and finding the right books for our parents was easy. On the spine of the books was a large letter, which had been added in thick black marker pen. As dad loved science fiction, all we had to do was look out for books with SF on their spine. Mum’s was just as easy to spy with M for murder. For, what seemed like years, my sister and I traipsed our way each week to Eccleshill library to return and take out more books. One week it would be my turn to look for the Ms whilst my sister would be searching for the SFs. During our searching for M and SF books, plus our own, we would giggle and laugh a lot. Back in those days silence meant silence in the library, but as hard as we would try to be quiet our whispers were always just a tad too loud for the librarian and we would be told off! To our shame, we once were told to leave!
I can never remember a moment when there was not a book sitting on the chair arm or laying on the coffee table when we were children. It was quite normal to find dad after work, shattered, reading his book with his eyes closed, he had fallen asleep. It was normal in our house in those days to be told to be quiet and read your books. As we grow older, we shared and swapped our books with mum and dad. Even now we talk to each other about the books we are reading.
My love of reading has spilled over into writing my own books. Last September my debut novel, Magnolia House was published and in April this year my second novel Satchfield Hall was also published. I am working on my third novel, which I hope will be available late 2010 or early 2011.
I started writing saying that I couldn’t imagine living without books and sitting down for those quiet moments to read and thanks to my parents, I not only love reading, but now enjoy writing books too.
Find out more about Pauline and her books by visiting her website here (where you can read sample chapters of her novels) or follow her on twitter here
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!)
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