Thinking back and trying to remember the first time I read a book, I realize that it's been well over fifty years that I've been an avid reader.
In elementary school, I loved losing myself in stories, especially fairy tales. I checked the Grimms Book of Fairy Tales out of the school library so many times that they had to make a new card. Oh, how I loved getting lost in those fairy tales where everyone lived happily ever after.
Not only did I read the words in books, I lived the words. In my mind’s eye, I could clearly visualize the characters as the words brought them to life. I could see the setting where the story took place and literally put myself there.
Through the written word, I've traveled all over the world. I've seen Paris, Rome, Venice, Ireland, England, Japan, Australia, Switzerland and every state in the United States. I learned about sex by reading Harold Robbin’s novels. I learned about survival by reading Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. I got lost in Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, where I first learned about abuse and social criticism. I learned about politics by reading The Captains and the Kings by Taylor Caldwell. I could go on and on, but you catch my drift. If I listed all the great books I’ve read, this blog would turn into a book itself.
Needless to say; I LOVE to read.
As a child growing up, my parents were of the strict holy-roller religion and we had no TV in our home because it was considered to be of the devil. My older sister and I literally received our worldly education through reading. Many nights after Mama called for lights out, my sister and I would huddle under our covers with a flashlight and continue reading until we fell asleep. As a result, both she and I are authors today.
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