I learned to read when my mother was pregnant with my sister. So, I was reading on my own by the time I was three and a half. I have always loved to read. I can’t really recall my life before my sister was born, so I guess I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t read.
I don’t just read a lot. I read all the time. A really really lot. And I like to keep the books that I enjoyed. I also like to keep books that I want to read but haven’t gotten to yet. I like all genres. I read fiction and non-fiction, I read murder mysteries and science fiction, I read fantasy and erotica, I read romances and young adult literature, I read classics and humor. I just love to read everything I can get my hands on.
I guess I read for a lot of reasons. I read for general entertainment. I prefer a book to the television or a movie. I prefer the ability to visualize in my mind. I often do not care for the casting agents choices in television or film. I also much prefer the exposition in a book. A TV show or a movie has to leave so much detail out because a narrative voice over of that magnitude would turn off the visual audience. I also read for knowledge. Not just non-fiction either. Although, I LOVE reading history books, like textbooks and biographies and stuff like that. I read fiction for learning too. I learn a lot of about the past through stories written that take place in the past. i also learn the past through stories written in the past, like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. I read for escapism. I had a really crap childhood. I had a fairly crap young adulthood, too. As a result, I am pretty high-strung and freaky. I used reading to live vicariously a life with less trauma and drama than my own. Now, I read to escape my own demons and my own inability to cope with things average people have little trouble with. I also read to encourage others to do it as well. Like my kids. All three of them read every day. Partly because I do it. I mean, they do it because they like it. But they might not have ever known they could like it if they didn’t see me liking it so much.
A couple of years ago, I found a library site on the Internet. A place where you can catalogue all the books you own. It is called Library Thing. I LOVE IT. Actually, you can catalogue any books you want. Some people list books they want to read. Some list books they have read. Some list books they own. Some list all of those and just tag them appropriately. You can list up to 200 books for free. So, I joined. I quickly reached my 200 book limit. Eventually, I caved and paid them $25 for a lifetime membership. For that, I was able to list all of the books I own.
I own a lot of books. I am still entering a few every few days. I am still acquiring books every few days. So far, I have catalogued approximately 4,100 books. Go ahead, you know you’re curious. Check out my personal library.
That link DOES NOT work. I can not figure out how to get any links to work in WordPress yet. I am sorry. Just enter the info into a new browser page and check out my LT.