Week 23: Books-What was your favorite book, or who was your favorite author from your childhood? What do you like to read now? Books or other formats?
For as long as I can remember I have loved to read. I remember the first time my dad took me to the library. I thought it was amazing. It was a tiny, little, white cottage-like building on Main Street, in Deckerville, Michigan. I was probably seven or eight at the time. There were rows of children's books I could choose from. I chose "If I Ran the Zoo" by Dr. Suess. I remember because I read the book while my Dad was looking for something. I checked it out and read it again and again. I liked the characters and the silly words he used in telling the story. Other Dr. Suess books I liked were "If I Ran A Circus" and "The Sleep Book".
Later, I developed a love for "The Bobbsey Twins". I think I have read almost all of their books. By this time, we had moved to Harbor Beach, Michigan and I could ride my bike downtown to the library. The library was located in the Community Building, on Huron Avenue. The children's section was in the back corner. I would get three or four books at a time. In the summer I remember bringing home 8-10 books.
I enjoyed getting books for birthdays and Christmas. My parents always let me get a book or two when the Scholastic book order came out, too. In Junior High, I received a book a month from a book club, I'm not sure what company that was with. I still have "If I Ran a Circus" and "The Sleep Book". They were well loved. I remember having Bobbsey Twins books as well.
I am still an avid reader today. My tastes have developed from Dr. Suess to Bobbsey Twins to authors like Stuart Woods, Nora Roberts and Phillipa Gregory. I read mostly fiction, but every now and then I pick up a biography or a cookbook to read.
I still visit my local library, Willard Library in Battle Creek, Michigan, to check books out. Recently, I bought my husband a Nook e-reader, and have found that format enjoyable, so I may be reading more e-books. (If he will share it!)