Throwback Thursday – Reading Culture and Books

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. This week we are going to tackle the kind of reading culture you grew up with. Should be fun.

If you care to join us, it’s easy.

  • Write your own post sharing your memories and leave a pingback to this post in the comments.
  • You can use the photo above in your post to make it easier to find.
  • Tag it with #TBTMemory or #IRememberWhen.
  • If you do not wish to write your own post, feel free to tell your story in the comments below.

This week’s prompt is: Reading Culture and Books

Think about how your grandparents, parents, siblings and friends felt about reading. Then consider how this impacted your life as you matured.

You can respond to the following questions as they are, or you can use them to spark your own memories and write your own post.

  1. Who were the readers in your family?
  2. Were there some people who did not like to read or could not read?
  3. Did your family subscribe to the newspaper?
  4. If you did get the paper, was your Sunday newspaper considered special? What part did you enjoy?
  5. Did your home have books strewn around? Hardbacks or paperbacks?
  6. Did you frequent the library at school?
  7. How about the local community library? Did you have a library card?
  8. What was the first book you remember reading?
  9. Did you have a collection of books (Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters, etc?)
  10. Did you read comic books? If so, what titles?
  11. Did you end up a bookworm, a casual reader, or someone who read only when required?
  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?
  14. BONUS QUESTION: What book(s) do you frequently gift to others? Why?

My post follow:

Reading hasn’t been immersive in my extended families culture of interest, despite my vast enjoyment of it as a pastime. I do however recall my Dads collection of books, encyclopedias, informative books relating to DIY, physical development and training, biographies etc which I enjoyed scrolling through and gaining knowledge which I am certain have led towards my interests in these subjects. My Nan also, an avid reader and library member would always have a weekly book in hand often in relation to crime, murder mysteries and thrillers which we have always shared a similar curiosity in, or perhaps she instilled this in me? I still find piles of books laying in wait when I visit her now, even in her 80’s.

Reading for me has always been prevalent, I enjoyed it in education settings, my parents often gifted me books at birthdays and Christmas, I subscribed to magazines relating to themes, topics of interests, I collected books and series, I was once a library member before we moved, I still remember the day my Nan took me to get my first library card, perusing the shelves, I still remember the smell.

In my teen years I dabbled in comics, but gravitated more towards graphic novels. I still have a keen interest in reading to this day, however I don’t always manage to prioritise this, but still a stack of books sits on my bedside table in hope that I can continue where I left off last when I have the energy before bed. Reading for me now has become a bit of a treat, in the same way some people associate a perfume with a place, anytime I travel on a long journey I make a point of picking up a new book. It’s become a bit of a tradition that I love as I feel the best time for reading for me is when stuck on long train journeys or as a car passenger travelling to or from the coast.

If I were to recommend a book, one which I can frequently re-read, it would be The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I loved the split narrative, the back and forth through time, the contrasted perspectives of similar events, how the characters spoke, the way I imagined them so clearly, it is one of my favourite reads and a book that is well worn and loved.

But if there is a book or rather a series I would re-read and desperately still wish I had in my position (it sadly went missing during the move after my parents split) would be the Harry Potter Series. The first series I ever followed, ever purchased at the point of release and still now holds such a close place in my heart. This series is so enveloped within my childhood and linked to my first friendship and heartbreak.

My very best friend at the time of this release was just as obsessed with this world as me, we followed the story and discussed our favourite characters, which houses we would be in, it consumed a lot of our conversations. We had just gone off to separate secondary schools, when I sadly received the news that her and her little brother had been killed in a car accident. Even now the tears come back. It breaks my heart that she never got to complete that series and I made it a vow that when each of the consecutive books were released I would read them and complete the series for her, I kept my promise and I hope to one day re-collect that series to re-visit that world and connect with her once more.

For me reading will always be so special, a means of escape, visiting different worlds, expanding my knowledge, opening my mind, connection and a means to reminisce. It is something I hope to instill the importance in my children for the future too.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Maggie says:

    Welcome, Lisa! I posted a link to your response on my post in hopes others might read it. I am so sorry about your friend. Those losses are so difficult. I do hope you are able to replace your beloved collection of Harry Potter books. I love your tradition of buying a new book for your travels. What a lovely idea. Thank you for participating this week. I hope you are well!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your kind share also Maggie! I really enjoyed participating this week and hope to join in again soon, it definitely got me thinking. I hope you are keeping well too!


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