Episode #61 – Your Relationship with Books

I discovered a fascinating tidbit from Alberto Manguel’s A History of Reading. He wrote about a tenth-century Persian ruler who transported his 117,000 books on 400 camels trained to walk in alphabetical order. That’s one big commitment to reading.

In today’s prompt, I ask you to write about your relationship with books.

When did your relationship with books begin? Were you always a reader, or did you come to love reading as an adult? What types of books do you like to read? Are you a print or ebook reader?

Maybe, you aren’t a reader at all. That’s okay too. Tell us about it.

Share your experience with reading and books in the comments section below.

Remember, the only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all. Happy writing!

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Steven Weisberg
7 months ago

Probably no big surprise to anyone who has read any of my stories to see how my love of reading began with comic books. Mickey Mouse was a gateway read until I was smitten by Betty and Vernonica. I secretly yearned to be as cool as Archie, who had clean teen suave and could make out with Betty in his Jalopy in one story and then in the same monthly edition, make-out with Vernonica in the Lodge Mansion. Still. in my deepest and most repressed heart of hearts, I knew I was a Jughead type. It explains the transition from… Read more »

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Judy
7 months ago

I guess I’m at the other end of the reading spectrum. Reading was never done much in my family growing up. I had a library card; never used it. Reading started for me after I was married. I discovered I really enjoyed murder mystery novels. Patterson, Woods, Conley, Christie and so on were my favorites authors. I used to go to a flea market and get paperbacks for a dollar or less. To this day, I’m not a fast reader. I participate in a book club in our neighborhood and so that provides a wide variety of genres. I find… Read more »

David Godin
7 months ago

This is much more than you asked for. Your prompt reminded me of a story I started but abandoned. I’d only written a paragraph before today, but I was inspired and finished it in about 30 minutes, then spent some time tweaking it. I know it doesn’t start as a story about books, but if you read through the first few paragraphs it will get there.

Orah Zamir
7 months ago

I have a lifelong love relationship with books. My earliest memories are going to the library with my mother. It was on a corner, I remember. The shelves were dark wood. I spent time perusing children’s books and choosing ones to borrow. I do not remember what books I borrowed as a young child. I remember when I was an adolescent, reading the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. It started me on a pattern of choosing an author and reading everything they wrote. I loved mysteries. As an adult, I loved Faye Kellerman, who wrote about an Orthodox Jewish woman… Read more »

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