August 9th is Book Lovers Day! WhooooHoooooo!! For book lovers everywhere this means delving into our favorite books! Talking to others about books, going to a bookstore to look for new books, or in other words, the same thing we do every day. The only difference, today is like our own holiday!
To honor today, and highlight all that Book Lovers Day is, some of my blogging pals and I decided to have a blog hop to talk about this day BOOKS! Books we grew up with, books we love to read over and over, or what got us into reading in the first place.
Did you ever read a book that just made you fall madly in love with it? Maybe you didn’t care to read at all, but after picking up that one book it changed how you feel about reading? Can you relate to this? I know I can!
When I was younger, I was not into reading. In fact, I despised it with every fiber of my being. Mostly because I wasn’t a good reader. This had nothing to do with my parent’s, they would always read to me. They would always take my sister and me to the local libraries, and on special occasions, we would visit the big downtown library. Despite all of that, reading just wasn’t my forte. Eventually, mom picked me some of those hooked on phonics books (do you remember those books?). It helped with my reading, but I still wasn’t hooked on reading.
As with most things in life whether you like it or not, you have to keep with it, and so I did. My mother then moved onto games such as reader rabbit (now that game was a lot of fun! It would encourage me to do more so I could unlock other levels), there were a few Clifford games too. With each new thing my mother tried, I inched closer to books.
One day while at the library with my parents, I stumbled across Death Watch by Robb White. It seemed interesting, the last page of the book really piqued my interest (I always read the last page of a book first to see if it grabs my attention). So I took it home, and the rest is history.
It’s not my favorite book, but it is the book that really sparked my love of reading. The excitement of suspense, based on a fight to the finish between an honest and courageous young man, and a cynical business tycoon who believes that anything can be had for a price.
My favorite book will always be held by A flaw in the Blood , by Stephanie Barron. Set in the late 1800’s filled with secrets that are so powerful and dangerous it could topple the entire monarchy. This is a book that I can get lost in over, and over, and over again!
Today, I have many books that I enjoy reading and new ones that I cannot wait to jump into! I gravitate towards mystery books, maybe it’s because that was the first book I read that made me fall in love with reading. Perhaps it’s because I like the thrill of the chase, I’m not sure. What I am sure of is this, when I look back and think how there was a time that I did not enjoy reading, and would do anything I could to get out of it; I am grateful my parents never stopped pushing me. If they had, then I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have this love of reading, nor likely be an author.
Like my parent’s I read to my son every day, several times a day. It’s never too early to encourage reading, it’s never too early to get a book in their hands. Just be prepared for all of the chewing that poor book will endure. I talk, sing, and read all day to my son. In fact, I’ve read this blog out loud to him before I even pressed the publish button. I think he approves of it, he gave me three babbles and high pitched squeal of excitement.
So I implore you, all of you, to never stop looking for that book. That one book that will spark everything for you. I owe my love of reading to my parents! My hope is that one day, my son will say the same thing.
There is a book for everyone, it doesn’t matter what you like. Like deserts, books come in all kinds of tasty treats!
What about you? Do you have a love for reading yet? What is your favorite book(s)? Do you remember that first book you read? Please leave a comment to share with us below!
Now, let’s kick up our feet, grab a cup/glass of your favorite beverage, and enjoy some of the other various blogs about books! You can find them at the links below!