Hello my Lovelies 🙂
we left January behind us and we welcome February. This winter is more windy than cold or even freezing. It is a perfect time to do something creative or read a good book. Well, last week I wrote about watercolouring, so I think today we could talk about reading and how I found my way to this hobby. 🙂
I learnt reading quite early; I remember how my mother sat next to me and explained my name in letters and in what other words these letters could be found. Reading was a huge part in my family’s life. The only person who started reading quite late was my father because he didn’t find the right author. 😀 My mother had a separate room with a huge collection of books. She is still reading every night before she goes to bed. Her father – my grandfather – had a lovely collection as well. He read different books than my mother and even his wife, my grandmother, loved reading. As a little girl I was fascinated by my family members and their books. That’s why I loved taking a book out of the shelf and just browse through it – I couldn’t read at that point.
My mother used to read some fairy tales while my father didn’t read; he created his own version of those fairy tales for me.
After my mother had shown me the alphabet and the equivalent sounds, I tried to read my first words.
Then I went to elementary school and I loved to learn how to read. I started with books like Pipi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren or Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner. I loved the opportunity to dive into another world. I went on adventures while I sat on a windowsill. That was great for days when I couldn’t go out because of bad weather or when my friends weren’t at home.
Next to my high school was the city library which was great because it was a walk of just one minute. 😀 They had a great collection of fictional and non-fictional books. The section for youth literature was huge. Those books were quite popular with a lot of girls. I tried reading them but they didn’t please me. A book had maybe 100 – 120 pages and I was, at that point, a fast reader and I didn’t enjoy books about school. I wanted to read different stuff.
The librarian was a strict lady in her mid-50’s. She knew her bookworms very well and she had an eye on us youngsters. One day I had some free time because one class had been cancelled, so I decided to go to the library and read something different. I sneaked into the area which was „forbidden“ because I wasn’t old enough for those books. And I found a book written by Stephen King „Pet Sematary“. In German the book is named „Friedhof der Kuscheltiere“, if I had to translate it, you could call it „cemetery of cuddly toys“. Well, how bad could the content be?! The librarian found me and that day I couldn’t read it. I tried it a few times and one day the Queen of the Library told me:“ Well, young lady, this book isn’t a book for someone of your age. I can’t allow you to take this book home with you. I would get into trouble with your parents. But – and this is really an exception – you can read it here and we will talk about it. If it is too scary you will tell me and I will show you the page where you can start reading again. OK?“
So I started reading my first Stephen King and it began a lovely relationship with the librarian. We talked about the book and she allowed me to have a look at books of all genres. I read a lot at that time.
I read Stephen King, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Shakespeare, Goethe, Tolkien, and lots more. I read some books of family members like my grandfather or my auntie who was a huge fan of DinoPark by Michael Crichton or Harry Potter by JK Rowling.
My reading changed a lot after my graduation from Highschool. I studied Sociology and I had to read a lot for it so during this time I read many non-fictional books. When I read a fictional book it was more a cozy mystery one like „Aunt Dimity“ by Nancy Atherton. It was cute, refreshing, and light. A good book to read in a short time but still very enjoyable.
I don’t read as often as I would like to. Sometimes I would like to have a whole weekend just for me, so I could have silence. Maybe I would hear just sounds like rain or thunder. I’m aware that I need to find more time to read because it helps me to relax.
It’s no real „Top Ten list“ but ten books/series I really like.
Some of those books I read 15 to 25 years ago and I’m still in love with them. So I started reading „Body in the Library“ again this year. Fun Fact: I took this book out of the shelf and I started smiling. I know the story, I know the characters, and every time I read it, I discover a little thing which makes the story more lovable.
Some of those books I read more than twice or I read them in German and English. I have a version of „Pet Sematary“ which is quite old and has loose pages. It is in really bad condition but I can’t separate from it. 🙂
Some books can broaden your mind while you are getting older. I think a really good book, which you enjoy and can read over and over again, is like meeting a good friend. You love to have them around and when you re-read it, it is like coming home. It gives you a positive feeling.
Wisdom of the day: Diving into different worlds helps you to broaden your mind, enjoy adventures, and escape your normal world.
Love to you all,
Your Evil Journalista Chrissi