As a little girl as far back as I can remember my parents would read me a bed time story. I loved books so much that I would memorise the words to certain ones, my mum once thought, when I was 2 that I could read one of my books by myself. I would recite it out loud and she thought I was so clever! The book was ‘I am a Bunny’ by Richard Scarry, I still remember the first page “I am a Bunny, my name is Nicholas, I live in a hollow tree” of course, I couldn’t read it, I had just memorised it from my parents reading it to me. I loved that book, I would make them read it over and over to me.
Then came Happy Christmas Gemma by Sarah Hayes, On The Way Home and Peace At Last both by Jill Murphy. My poor Mum must have got so bored with the repetitiveness of reading these over and over to me, but I loved them and recited them right along with her.
As I got older the books got bigger, progressing onto Roald Dahl. My Dad would generally read these ones to me, it was quality father-daughter time, and I always looked forward to it. He would put on voices for the characters and have me enthralled in the stories, my favourites being Matilda, The BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine. The story would come alive in my head, and I could see it playing out as he would read to me. I was hooked, and so my love affair with books began, next were the Goosebump books, I would scare myself silly with them before bed time, but I always asked for more at the local library I had joined, then came Jaqueline Wilson with Tracey Beaker and Louise Rennison with Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (which by the way at the age of 31 I still love!)
These days I like to read a variety of books, I can get stuck into a good twisty thriller or I am just as happy reading a cheesy chick lit. But my first love will always be the Roald Dahl books which hold such wonderful memories of time spent with my Dad.
Reading takes me into a different place, a fantasy land away from the stress of everyday life, I can lose myself for hours in agood book, and to me, it is so relaxing and a lovely way to spend a rainy day indoors or a sunny day outside in the back garden.
Tell us, when did you first discover a thirst for reading? And what were your childhood favourite books? Get in touch and let us know. Dee 🙂