Bookish Fact #6: My dad made me a history lover.
I am lucky in that both of my parents are readers. My mom prefers fiction and reads a lot of mysteries. My dad loves historical nonfiction. My mom may have been the driving force behind my love of reading, but Dad was just as influential on my reading tastes.
We only had one TV growing up, and evenings meant watching things together as a family. The channels were often tuned to a baseball game or some random educational program (How stuff Works, Myth Busters). Dad’s favorite was The History Channel…back went the programming was actually about history.
His favorites were the history of the military, baseball, the space race, industry, and of course aviation. (I happily admit that I adore all these topics as well) We went to museums as a family on a regular basis. He’s sat through hours of me retelling my lessons learned in my college history courses. And to this day he still calls me with book recommendations and requests.
My parents are the reason my nieces and nephews get books for gifts, because can anything really beat the gift of a good story? Have your parents, or some other awesome person, influenced your reading this way? Please share!
Bookish Fact #5: My mom made me a reader.
(sorry for the two week hiatus guys. I’m blaming the holiday weekend and internet issues)
My mom is definitely the reason I am an avid reader today. She was the one who taught me how to read. She introduced me to the joys of mystery by getting me into The Boxcar Children series. She sparked my imagination by reading Hank the Cowdog before bedtime and giving each character their own unique voice.
Mom drug me to the local used bookstore at least once a month, and never declined a requested afternoon trip to Hastings. She’s the reason I give books as gifts to my nieces and nephews.
I honestly don’t know what life would be like without all those stories influencing my life. So, thanks Mom for sharing the joy of reading! And developing my love for a good mystery. ☺️ You’re the best!
Bookish Fact #4: I like to read outside.
I will read anywhere, and I like to read curled up on my couch or at a local coffee shop with a good cup of coffee. Reading outside is my favorite. I enjoy sitting at the beach with a fun story listening to the waves. I love sitting in our historic downtown outside a local shop listening to people pass by as the breeze flows down the street.
Now reading outside does have a downside….the people. I like to have some external distraction while reading but so often I find myself having to listen to one sided phone conversations, people loudly conversing, or blaring music from shop fronts. I have luckily found a few places that offer the perfect environment for reading and I go as often as I can!
Where is your favorite reading spot? Do you like to read outside? Do you like a little distraction when reading? Let me know!
Bookish Fact #3: I do not dog ear books.
Now, I don’t judge people that prefer a good dog ear; I just cant make myself bend a page to save my spot. I like my paper clips, bobby pins (which are all over my house), receipts, sticky notes, and index cards when I need a good place holder. If none of these are available…I will lay the open book face down to save my spot.
Do you dog ear? What is your preferred ’emergency place holder’ when you are missing your favorite bookmark? Let me know!
Sidenote: now these dog ears are just too cute!
Bookish Fact #2: My first genre of choice was fantasy.
I rarely read fantasy nowadays; however, that’s pretty much all I read during my pre-teen/teenage years. The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce was the first series I picked for myself without any influence from family and friends. Kristen Britain’s Green Rider is the first book I stayed up all night to finish (it was not the last night of sleep lost to a good story). I loved fantasy.
I some how lost my love for the drama as I moved through my 20s and 30s. I’m actually ok with this change but I am beyond happy reading my current mix of nonfiction, historical fiction, and mystery.
I have held on to my favorites though, and I will find myself picking them back up when I need a read that feels like an old friend. My copies may be worn but they are well loved!
What genre got you into reading? Which fantasy books are your favorites? Let me know and happy reading!
Bookish Fact #1: I do not use traditional bookmarks.
I have an eclectic stack of bookmarks in my office that never get used. I don’t particularly dislike traditional bookmarks; I just don’t grab one when starting a new book. The only reason I can come up with to explain this….I don’t really like anything hanging out of my book. Most bookmarks have tassels or are basically strings with charms.
I prefer to use a paperclip or a bright colored index card.
What is your favorite bookmark? Feel free to share photos of your favs here or Instagram!
Happy Sunday folks! It’s been a while since I wrote a check-in post and I want to let you know what you can expect for the site over the summer (and hopefully the rest of the year).
It should come as no surprise that my reviews fluctuate with my reading speed. I don’t get a review up when I don’t read. And (shocker) my reading is directly affected by life…mainly work stress. Anyone else out there struggle with the perfect work/life balance?
My goal for the summer is to embrace the weather and kill my TBR! Plus, I want to share more information about my reading/review hobby.
We all know I need to work on getting posts out on a solid regular basis. So here is the schedule you can expect from now until the end of the year.
Monday: Bookish Fact post
Wednesday: Book Review
Saturday: Book Review
I do not promise that there will be two reviews posted each week but this is was I am aiming for. I need to make more time for reading. It always provides a semi meditative mental reboot, and that’s always a positive!
Does this sound like a good plan to you? Please let me know if you are interested in hearing any particular bookish fact!