Who or What Inspired Your Love of Books?

insp2I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. I have always loved the look, feel, and smell of books. Never mind the way books allow me to learn new things and escape into new worlds and take part in adventures. I was able to read while navigating hallways, no matter how busy they were, and am glad to say that my two elementary school age students are beginning to master that skill as well. I spent countless nights reading well past bed time via flash light, and still stay up way too late reading. How did this love of reading start? For me it was a number of things including seeing the examples of other readers and the easy access to a wide variety of books.

inspire1The library was a second home to me in elementary school. I still remember the stairwell to the children’s department, the cool round window that I would sit in and read while waiting on my mother and brother to pick their books.The library does not look that way now, since it was renovated while I was in junior high, but I am glad to say that I now work in the same building I frequented in my younger days. My favorite chapter books from my elementary school days were the Nancy Drew Mystery series (the original hard covers mind you), the Pern series and anything else by Anne McCaffrey, The Girl with Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts, and the Young Wizard series by Diane Duane.

inspire2I was not, and am not, highly coordinated. While I attempted a few sports, singing and reading were the only two activities that I really felt at home doing. Getting lost in a book was much more attractive to me than trying to make it through a practice or game without getting hurt or embarrassing myself. As you might have guessed, I have always been an introvert and was shy as a kid. I found hiding in my books my best defense, and reading helped me do well in school. My favorites in junior high included: A Wrinkle in Time and the rest of the series by Madeleine L’EngleSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and the multiple series by David Eddings.

inspire3Growing up I saw my mother, grandmother, and various aunts and friends passing around bags of books. They would trade full paper grocery bags full of books that they have finished and pass them on to the next person. I thought this was great, and frankly delved into those romance novels, thrillers, and mysteries well before any of them intended me to. Having so many books in my grasp made me much more likely to read than watch television, a pattern I still hold to today. Some of the books I remember most from my high school days include; The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, The God Project by John Saul, the Xanth series and more from Piers Anthony, and the Forgotten Realms series by R.A. Salvatore.

inspI think the combination of family that read, my personality, and the availability of books combined to make me a voracious reader. I have read a little bit of everything, and found something worth while in just about every genre and writing style. I still read children books, young adult books, and adult fiction and nonfiction as much as I can.  Too many books are passed on to the next person, added to the library collection, and/or published every single day. I know I will not get to them all, but it will not stop me from trying. Some of my most recent favorites include: Gail Carrier’s now three steampunk series, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, and the multiple series by Tamora Pierce and Maria V. Snyder.

Who or what got you hooked on reading, or disinterested you from doing so? Do we have any favorites in common, or those that I listed that you hated? Do you have favorites that you remember fondly from your past?

10 Books We’re Looking Forward to in July

Beat the heat! Find yourself some air conditioning (or a spot at the beach) and settle in with one of the new books hitting our shelves in July. Romance, thrills, good eats – the perfect summertime reading!

Every month, librarians from around the country pick the top ten new books they’d most like to share with readers. The results are published on LibraryReads.org. One of the goals of LibraryReads is to highlight the important role public libraries play in building buzz for new books and new authors. Click through to read more about what new and upcoming books librarians consider buzzworthy this month. The top ten titles for July are:

  1. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
  2. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  3. Kiss Me by Susan Mallery
  4. Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
  5. Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs
  6. Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
  7. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  8. Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
  9. Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins
  10. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day by Leanne Brown

10 Books We’re Looking Forward to in June

Is it really June already? There are some terrific books coming to our shelves in June that have “hammock time” written all over them.

Every month, librarians from around the country pick the top ten new books they’d most like to share with readers. The results are published on LibraryReads.org. One of the goals of LibraryReads is to highlight the important role public libraries play in building buzz for new books and new authors. Click through to read more about what new and upcoming books librarians consider buzzworthy this month. The top ten titles for June are:

  1. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
  2. The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
  3. The Book of Speculation by Erica Swyler
  4. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  5. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  6. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
  7. The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
  8. The Precipice by Paul Doiron
  9. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  10. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson

10 Books We’re Looking Forward to in May

Did you know that May is “Get Caught Reading” Month? And with the terrific roster of books coming out in May, it should be easy get caught reading this month!

Every month, librarians from around the country pick the top ten new books they’d most like to share with readers. The results are published on LibraryReads.org. One of the goals of LibraryReads is to highlight the important role public libraries play in building buzz for new books and new authors. Click through to read more about what new and upcoming books librarians consider buzzworthy this month. The top ten titles for May are:

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  3. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  4. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  5. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
  6. Early Warning by Jane Smiley
  7. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  8. The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
  9. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  10. Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

 

 

10 Books We’re Looking Forward to in April

April is typically a month of new beginnings. The snow is gone (we hope), the grass, leaves, and flowers are starting to grow, and plenty of new books are hitting the shelves.  Who knows, it may even get warm enough to read outside!

Every month, librarians from around the country pick the top ten new books they’d most like to share with readers. The results are published on LibraryReads.org. One of the goals of LibraryReads is to highlight the important role public libraries play in building buzz for new books and new authors. Click through to read more about what new and upcoming books librarians consider buzzworthy this month. The top ten titles for April are:

  1. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
  2. The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
  3. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
  4. The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
  5. Still the One by Jill Shalvis
  6. Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova
  7. House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy
  8. The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
  9. The Bone Tree by Greg Iles
  10. Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight