When you read a book....  

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
5791 posts
7/26/2005 7:23 pm

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When you read a book....

"When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does."

Meg Ryan (from the movie You've Got Mail)

How much of this do you feel is truth or fiction????

alice593 71M

7/28/2005 12:27 pm

Yes, txrose. I loved doing architectural drafting. It is an art form, and I love painting pictures. I plan on doing a lot of artistic things when I retire. Also want to write books, and compose music and write lyrics to them. I hate factory work, but that has been the only work I could find.

deliciousngood 64F
1666 posts
7/28/2005 11:08 am

I can remember going to a library and wanting to check out "The Diary of Anne Frank" to re-read it, and being told by the librarian that I was TOO YOUNG to read such a book!!! I wa in the fifth grade and had already read it once!

I was also one of those all night readers. My mother told me that before I could TALK I would get out of my little bed and come to them with a book and say READ ME.

LAtely I have been reading books, poems and other things on spirituality and healing.

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/28/2005 5:52 am

silvertongue65 - Very interesting. I have never heard about the Champion book, but it looks intriguing to explore one of these days...I believe children are often very impressionable -- not only from books, but from actions of others, etc.

WizardTim12 - Funny. I, too, have re-read some of the same books I have read as a child. The memory is triggered of when I read it for the first time as well -- even the smells and scents of those surroundings come back as well. I choose to engulf myself in those memories often because of the wonderful childhood memories.... hmmm... Good comment.

ProtonicMan - I, too, would explore the adult fiction when I was little.... I really enjoyed reading... and would remember checking out mounds of books from the library and reading through every one of them before they were due and I was back at the library for the next round!!

ProtonicMan 47M

7/27/2005 9:07 pm

I was a voracious reader as a kid. (What the heck happened? I don't do it nearly as much, now.) During summer vacation, I would stay up til four or five in the morning reading, then sleep til noon. My absentee father (we have a great relationship, now) used to give me box sets of books for Christmas. One year it was four dog stories by Jim Kjelgaard, another year was the Chronicles of Narnia. I must have read the Narnia set five or six times.

I would go to the library to stock up before leaving on a three-week summer driving trip with my grandparents. I rode all over the United States, laying in the back seat reading. They had to prompt me to look up when we came to something "interesting," like a mountain or geyser.

I discovered Lloyd Alexander's Pyrdain Chronicles (Taran Wanderer; The Black Cauldron; The High King) from one of those school book clubs. I read everything by him that our local library had. One of the librarians saw me one day and said, "You're that Alexander boy, aren't you?"

Soon after, I graduated to the library's adult fiction section, and started reading fantasy and sci-fi. I carried Frank Herbert's Dune from class to class in eighth grade to read during my spare moments.

I had several science books, too, and I liked browsing through those. I still read nearly every issue of Discover magazine cover to cover. Although I made a couple half-hearted attempts at the encyclopedia, I never got very far.

Yeah, I remember books very fondly. They were some of my best friends. Now, I'm looking forward to reading the Harry Potter books with my daughter in a few years. I hope she finds half the appreciation for books that I have.

TXRose, thanks for the trip down memory lane.


rm_WizardTim12 50M
44 posts
7/27/2005 5:35 pm

I agree with it 112%. I get engrossed in books as an adult, but they don't have that overwhelming impact that they did as a child. As a previous gentleman pointed out, we're much more impressionable as children. Also, I think it simply has to do with experience. As a child, everything is new and different, and several pivotal books have an impact that you rarely, if ever, get in adult life. Children haven't experienced as much, so each particular experience has so much more impact than 99.9% of things in our adult life.

I, too, remember going through Hardy Boys books , and the strange thing in looking back is how, well, serious they seemed at the time. Although I notice that I have a split personality when I re-read books I read as a child. One part of me can look at the book as I remember the first time through, and the other part of me looks at the book as an adult reading it. This even works when I think back on the plots. The child memory says, "Wow, very intense!", while the adult brain is saying "Is that all there was to it?". But I'm free to enjoy the child memory, and ignore the adult

I remember reading books from animal perspectives, that made me wonder what exactly was going through the mind of the family dog, etc.

I read children's science fiction books, which started me on a path of enjoying the strange and wonderful things we were finding out about the universe around us.

I remember reading some of the OZ books, by L. Frank Baum, and igniting such a sense of wonder at flights of fancy, also the Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. Fantastic stuff, made a HUGE impression. When I was 12, my parents bought me the Lord of the Rings boxed set, by J.R.R. Tolkien, and when I read that, I felt like I'd been run over by a freight train, it had soooo much of an impact.
I'm deeply grateful that I read it at a point when I was just grown up enough to appreciate the depth, but young enough to allow it to have the child-like "impact". My all time favorite book to this day. WOW.

Excellent question. I'm glad other people feel this way too.

silvertongue65 52M
31 posts
7/27/2005 10:17 am

This comment is very deep. Few adults are as open or as impressionable as they are when they were children. And when a child finds a book that moves him or her, it usually can make quite an impression that marks him or her for life. I have always adored Tales of Robin Hood and The Eternal Champion Saga by Micheal Moorcock. They definitely left a mark on my life that helped make me who I am today. Few adults have such life-altering changes from reading a book... a few, but not many

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/27/2005 8:26 am

Lipator - lol.. Because my home bedroom was the "library" of the house, I read the 1972 World Book Encyclopedia from cover to cover, as well as each of the yearly annual supplements. I was at a quest for knowledge, which probably gave way to my love for research...and the internet (surfing for answers to this and that to fill my inquiring mind!!)....AND it probably explains the reason for the need of so many bookcases in my house!!!

alice593 - Apparently, they had a huge impact on you. Do you think that you find that this is your truer love of work than what you possibly do now???

mmm_mmm_good54 - lol... I probably had every Nancy Drew book and Hardy Boys book there was. I still, to this day, gravitate to a good mystery book; although, I am trying to expand my reading base these days!! lol....

mmm_mmm_good54 62F

7/27/2005 6:09 am

TxRose.....In my youth I loved the Nancy Drew books. Am I a super sluth...nope but I still love a good mystery.

alice593 71M

7/27/2005 4:25 am

The types of books a person reads as a child, could help show what path in life the child may take. I'm not talking about the normal children's books, but book of nature, architecture, photography, etc. I read books on architecture, and Jack London's books about animals. As an adult, I actually did some architectual work before getting drafted. And I do love seeing all the animals around me. They fascinate me.

Lipator 56M
71 posts
7/27/2005 4:18 am

I did read a lot as a kid, but I don't remember any book that had a major influence on my life. Certainly most fiction that I read, and can recall, seemed to revolve around The Famous Five and The Secret Seven.

I do remember reading some non-fiction stuff. Oh yeh that's right. My parents bought a set of encyclopedias and I used to go through them and read all the articles I found interesting from the letter A to Z.

Maybe that's where I got my nerdy knowledge from. It did make me get used to reading a lot. I then got into reading a magazines on WWII.

So maybe the non-fictions stuff had a bigger impact on me than I thought. I wish I had of read more of the classics when I was younger, but then again, maybe I wouldn't have enjoyed them as much as I do now.

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