I would rather spend money on books than just about anything. Consequently, we have hundreds of books in our house – biographies, novels, romances, sci-fi, educational, science, historical, foreign language, scriptural, dictionaries, encyclopedias – a little bit of everything.
As a child, my family was very poor, but Mama always made sure there was something around the house to read. My very first book, bought from a Book Mobile at school, was a Barbie based story called “The Best Dressed Girl” or something like that. Even though I never had a Barbie myself, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her and her friends! We did not have very many books, but those that we did have were read over and over again. Two of the books that I recall reading numerous times were “The Little Lame Prince” and “To Dance, to Dream”.
This week I re-read “The Little Lame Prince” for the first time in over forty years. While I recalled very little of the story line, I vividly remembered how he traveled on a flying cloak. As a child, I used to imagine that I could travel the world like that, too. How wondrous!
From “To Dance, to Dream” I learned about famous dancers like Maria Tall Chief and Isadora Duncan. I adored them and wanted to be a dancer … too bad I have such very little rhythm. That, and the church I attended as a very young child would have disciplined me for dancing.
Mama used to buy weekly romance magazines like “True Romance” … I grew up on a steady diet of those. To this day I adore a good romance, especially those based in the Regency era. Historical novels are also a big favorite.
My favorite book of all time is Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. I re-read it almost every year and have collected several movies based on her lovely book. Jane’s characters are so well-drawn and her prose so wonderfully written … I just get lost in her words and in her world.
I don’t recall Mama reading to me, but my children definitely grew up with the blessing of a read-aloud mother. We devoured Boxcar Children books, Amelia Bedelia stories, the Little House series, Anne of Green Gables, the Animorph books, Harry Potter, and many other wonderful works. One of their favorites was a Sesame Street story, “The Monster at the End of This Book”. Of course, I always had to liven things up by using different voices and lots of sound effects!
These days I mostly read books on my Kindle (recommended by my chiropractor because I had neck issues), but the feel and smell of a real book is a pleasure that will never get old.