Stories That Open Up the World

posted by Sharon January 31, 2012 13 Comments

What are your early memories of reading? Did you spend rich hours of your childhood engrossed in adventure stories? Were comic books more your style? What kinds of books did you gravitate to, outside of school?

Recently I browsed through the books I’ve kept from my young reading days. I notice a theme. Do you spot it?

I remember saving my allowance to buy this one — Lad of Sunnybank. At 10 years old, I thought the price was steep, but I wanted nothing more than to read about the collies of Sunnybank Farm. Look at them running so gracefully across the cover.

Animal stories still move me. Recent good reads include The Cruelest Miles and From Baghdad, with Love.

I did expand my reading repertoire to include the classics. Some of my favorites:

Along about high school, I developed an acute interest in war books. This is reflected today in many of my bookshelves, like this one:

We are living in a digital world, and books are now read on ereaders and iPads. What counts is not the mode of delivery; it’s the story. Lad of Sunnybank Farm may frolic in black and white words across a page or he may jump across the screen with a flick of the reader’s finger. Rather than debate about format, let’s encourage each other — and young readers we know — to keep on engaging in stories that transport and entertain. Stories that open up the world to us. Stories that show us who we are.

I’m an animal lover. War fascinates me. That’s who I am!

How about you? What kinds of stories resonate with you? How have your reading patterns changed through your life? Did you keep any treasured books from your childhood?

Linking up with Texture Tuesdays, using Kim Klassen’s texture “Simplicity.” Also linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesday and Leigh vs. Laundry.

 

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Dana @ Bungalow'56 January 31, 2012 at 6:33 am

What a great way to look back. I can’t remember what I read. We used the library rather than buying books. But definitely the Narnia series. It was one of my favs.
Dana

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shar7165 February 1, 2012 at 3:28 am

Yes, I love the Narnia series. I’d like to read them all over again!

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georgia January 31, 2012 at 6:35 am

oh, how funny… yes, i DO see a theme. how great that you still have those old books. i wish i had all the books from when i was very young. i like to collect vintage books now… for my son.

i love that last photo! and the photo with stack of books on the chair!

i am not a big reader, but i do well with anything by c. s. lewis… especially his nonfiction works. if i could watch a movie over reading a book, i would. i’m just more stimulated by film than by books.

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Molly January 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

What a coincidence. My post today is about reading, specifically my daughters love for books and where she got it from…. which would be me.

I love reading and I have a huge selection of books. To be honest I have not really made the conversion to e-reader (although my daughter has) but I suspect it is only a matter of time before I do. However I do love the feel of a book in my hands, the smell, the covers, flicking through the pages etc… you can’t do that with an e-reader.

Mollyxxx

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Kathleen Tesluk January 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Your post really resonated with me. I was a fanatic reader as a child, and like you, I saved my allowance to buy books…. (and those were the days when books were expensive!) Today I am so busy that I only read “real” books when I’m on vacation, but I always have an audio book on the ipod! Just finished “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” — absolutely charming story…

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Nessa January 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I am not a fan of any digital book… give me a old worn hardcover that smells like a library any day. Love your collection.

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Sue January 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I used to read like crazy, and I still do.

As a child, I began with Nancy Drew, Uncle Remus, Dr. Doolittle, Carbonel, King of the Cats, Dr. Seuss stuff, etc.

=)

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geetlee January 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

i love reading too! i have always been fascinated by fantasy – Tolkien has always been my favorite.

these days i have noticed that i tend toward magic realism. 🙂 it’s fun to read.

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Suzanne January 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Lovely image, thanks so much for sharing. Blessings Suzanne

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Charlene Long (@autismasawhole) February 1, 2012 at 2:36 am

What a trip down memory lane you took. I can’t remember much of my childhood but I loved the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.

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Barbara Pagnotti February 1, 2012 at 11:45 am

What a wonderful post. You post questions that I will reflect on over the next few days. It was so interesting to see the progression of your taste in reading.

Peace!

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Pat February 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Love your bookish images! My earliest reading experiences were animal stories too. I think I read all the dog and horse stories on the library shelves.

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Carolyn February 4, 2012 at 3:44 am

I love this, Sharon! Let’s hear it for Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames! And how about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle? As a child, I loved summer vacation, when there would be plenty of time for reading! Remember the book mobile? As an adult, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t read–what a great escape! I read the paper every morning, kind of old-fashioned these days! I love biographies and just read Gabby (Gabrielle Giffords). Love anything by Lisa See. I’ve collected folk tales from the places I’ve lived–Okinawa and Hawaii. My friend Marilyn got me started on a Kindle (instant gratification!) so I can travel with my library, but I still like the look, feel, and smell of “real” books, especially old ones. My favorite, a 1926 Shakespeare Complete. It’s fun to read the play then go to the Old Globe & see it.

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