My Reading Journey

World Book Night is on the 23rd of April and this year there is a list of great books from different genres.

I was invited to share my reading journey in the run up to World Book Night and I jumped at the opportunity as I LOVE BOOKS.

Where do I start? I can’t really remember my first book but I do know that I have had a love for books from a very early age. For all my birthdays when I was growing up, all I wanted was books.

My love for reading is attributed to my parents who love reading too and I saw them often reading books – fiction, learning, non-fiction. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that they were both teachers.

My mother would read every afternoon on her return from school and I would sit or lie beside her and read my books too.

When I was younger, I remember asking her to read to me and I would sell it to her saying she had a nice reading voice. She did, really.

I found that I could really lose myself in my books and I would often not put a book down until I had finished it.

I started off by reading these really little books that are still in my parents’ home. Oh yes, I remember one – it was called Little Milly Mop and was about a girl called Milly who hated to mop!

I then graduated to Ladybird books and I loved the History series that they had. It was a long time ago but these were about Kings and Queens and Greek Myths and I enjoyed learning while reading.

Following this, I read a whole lot of books by Enid Blyton – my favourites remain the Faraway Tree Stories and the school stories – Malory Towers and St. Clares. Boarding school sounded like loads of fun. I also ready Famous Five and Secret Seven Books and I would look forward to getting the next in the series.

I went on to read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew (remember those?) I loved the little romance between Ned and Nancy. 🙂

Yes, I went down the Mills and Boons route and enjoyed reading about exotic places and people.

Then came Danielle Steele and the first book I read of hers was The Promise. It was a poignant love story and I read a lot of her books after that. At this point I also read many of the classics – the Bronte sisters, Shakespeare (we learnt it in University) and Dickens.

I then took to reading non-fiction and some of my favourites are Daughters of Arabia, A Boy called It, Yesterday I cried.

I read a lot throughout all my pregnancies before I fell asleep at night and I still do. Some of my recent favourites include The Miniaturist, The Paying Guests, Elizabeth is Missing, The Girl in the Red Coat and The Girl on the Train.

I read most genres. I don’t really enjoy paranormal or young adult books that are quite popular today. Perhaps I’ve outgrown these. I obviously have – in age if nothing else.

I also enjoy reading poetry and dabble in writing my own.

I’m glad to see that my love for reading has been transferred to my children who love books. There is no hobby nicer than reading in my opinion. I love the scent of a new book and though I do read on my devices, I would still take a hard copy any day.

I received no compensation for this post. It was good to be able to go back in time and share my reading memories.

Do you remember your first book? What inspired you to read? Leave me a note in the comments below – I’d love to know.

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