I was actually going to skip posting today, but several authors on Twitter are talking about Book Lover’s Day and books that shaped their love of reading, and I had to chime in with at least something. I’ve been an avid reader for most of my life. When I was young my family would read books to me before bed, until I could start reading on my own. I had the book The Day of the Wind memorized, and to this day I can almost still quote the whole thing “The day of the wind was the day that Pete set out to catch a fish to eat…” I took some time off from reading in my teens to do teenage stuff, although I still picked up the occasional romance novel or teen mystery book.
I didn’t start reading fantasy and science fiction books until my late teens when one of my sisters introduced me to Andre Norton and started lending me her books to read. The Witch World: Estcarp Cycle books, and most of Andre Norton’s books, have been some of my favorite stories. She blends mysticism and science in ways that few other authors have managed.
Another author that shaped my early love of fantasy novels is David Eddings. Another sister lent me the first 3 books in the Belgariad, and then cackled while I waited impatiently for the last two to finally come out. I absolutely adored the banter in the books. Maybe this shaped my preference to wait to read a series until all the books are out, but I was so impatient for the various books in the various Belgariad-related series that I bought many in hardback. Most of the books on my bookshelves are paperbacks, but these I had to buy in hardback so I could read them on day 1.
Of course, my messy bookshelves have grown dusty since I started collecting my books in electronic format. No longer do I visit the used book store, trading in old paperbacks and finding hidden gems to take home in their place. Those of you who love physical books can probably imagine that wonderful smell of old paper. The room with all of our bookshelves has that paperback book smell that takes me back to those days, and of time spent in libraries. Even though I don’t buy physical books anymore, you just don’t get to appreciate the cover art and the feel of a book with the e-versions. Looking at my shelves has made me nostalgic.
These days, I have to find a new book to buy or an old favorite to re-read as soon as I finish the latest book. My current read is The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams, a new (to me) author. It was on sale on Kindle and I’m enjoying it enough that I plan to buy the other two books in the series, and hope that this is a trilogy, not another ongoing 5 or 6+ book series. Do you love books? Then you should check out Dragon’s and Whimsy’s latest (and past) book review posts.