National Literacy Month: What book got you hooked on reading?

I’m still clean­ing up the blog, try­ing to com­bat link rot. Some­how, I fell into look­ing at the draft posts. This one is from 2009 and I haven’t the fog­gi­est notion as to why I did­n’t pub­lish it.

Today’s prompt is from Barnes & Noble’s Face­book page:
Sep­tem­ber is Nation­al Lit­er­a­cy Month. What book got you hooked on reading?

The first book I remem­ber light­ing a real fire was my moth­er’s old high school lit­er­a­ture book. I don’t know exact­ly how old I was, but I know that we lived in Mari­et­ta on Joy Ride Dri­ve (real­ly) and that I got real­ly bored dur­ing the sum­mer because trips to the library could­n’t pos­si­bly hap­pen often enough. (It was phys­i­cal­ly impos­si­ble for them to hap­pen often enough, with­out my par­ents arrang­ing to board me at the library.) I’d long out­grown the “baby books,” as I con­sid­ered the stuff my moth­er read to my younger sis­ter, and the only oth­er books that I remem­ber being in the house were a set of World Book ency­clo­pe­dias my moth­er’s par­ents bought for her when she was in high school (so from the late ’50s/early ’60s), Bibles, and maybe some ref­er­ence books Dad­dy had about refrig­er­a­tion, heat­ing, and air con­di­tion­ing. I think Mom might have been preg­nant with my younger broth­er, which would make it 1973.

I recall Jacobs’ “The Mon­key’s Paw,” Poe’s “The Cask of Amon­til­la­do,” Crane’s “The Open Boat,” and a few Twain selec­tions. The real mag­ic was that it intro­duced me to Camelot, Shake­speare, and to poet­ry. There were cer­tain­ly parts that I could­n’t fath­om, like the selec­tions from Beowulf and The Can­ter­bury Tales (in Mid­dle English—there was prob­a­bly a trans­la­tion, too, but I gave up before I got to that).

I haven’t stopped read­ing since then. I am the only avid read­er in my fam­i­ly of ori­gin. How­ev­er, I start­ed read­ing and singing to my daugh­ter while I was preg­nant with her and kept it up while nurs­ing her and beyond. It worked! My part­ner and daugh­ter are big read­ers too, and we swap books and book rec­om­men­da­tions back and forth all the time.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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