Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Maggie chose the topic of “Reading Culture and Books.”
Maggie would like us to think about how our grandparents, parents, siblings, and friends felt about reading. Then consider how this impacted your life as we matured.
1. Who were the readers in your family?
My mother and my two older sisters were avid readers.
2. Were there some people who did not like to read or could not read?
My father was not a big book reader. His reading consisted mostly of the daily newspaper.
3. Did your family subscribe to the newspaper?
Yes, we subscribed to the daily newspaper.
4. If you did get the paper, was your Sunday newspaper considered special? What part did you enjoy?
Yes. It was bigger, the comics were printed in color, it include a local features magazine as well as Parade magazine. I liked the comics, the sports, and the movie sections.
5. Did your home have books strewn around? Hardbacks or paperbacks?
Not really. We had a few bookcases with a mixture of hardbacks and paperbacks. My mother was a fan of Reader’s Digest’s condensed books and my oldest sister was a member of the Book of the Month Club.
6. Did you frequent the library at school?
I did leverage the school library for papers that I had to write for my classes, but I used my local public library more than my school’s library.
7. How about the local community library? Did you have a library card?
Yes, because my school libraries were relatively small, I spent more time at the local public library. I did have a library card.
8. What was the first book you remember reading?
I don’t know. Maybe one of the Fun with Dick and Jane books.
9. Did you have a collection of books (Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters, etc?)
I loved The Hardy Boys books and even Nancy Drew, but I checked them out from the library, so no big collections at home.
10. Did you read comic books? If so, what titles?
Yes, mostly DC and Marvel comics. I had a huge collection, but my father threw them all away when I went off to college. To this day that pisses me off.
11. Did you end up a bookworm, a casual reader, or someone who read only when required?
I’d say more of a casual reader.
12. Is there a book from your childhood you would like to read again? If so, what book?
13. What book or books have been extremely meaningful or influential in your life?
Again, I’ve read so many books during my lifetime that it would be hard to pick specific books from my youth that were “extremely” influential. Maybe my love for The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew influenced my enjoyment of mystery and suspense books.
BONUS QUESTION: What book(s) do you frequently gift to others? Why?
Other than books for babies and toddlers that I get for my grandchildren, I rarely get books as presents for others. But one year for her birthday I bought my wife, who is a big Jane Austen fan, a vintage (1906) set of all of her books.