Here is the latest Booking Through Thursday:
What is the first book you remember reading? What about the first that made you really love reading?
At the moment, the first book that comes to mind is Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, a book my grandmother gave me. Then there was probably also Tom Sawyer, also a gift from my grandmother’s library. But, if I were to check the dates on those books (she signed and dated the books she gave me), they’d probably date to the mid to late seventies. Which would make me about 8 to 10 years old.
Obviously, I had learned to read before then, and I know had learned to love reading before then. My love of reading probably formed when my dad taught me to read the Sunday funnies. I associate much of my love of reading with my family, and with my dad especially.
Some of the best times with him were stops for Cokes on Sunday walks at a convenience store. At the store were those great wire racks of comics. I usually ended up with a Coke and a funny book — as dad called them. I read comics voraciously.