Friday, June 24, 2011

Book Blogger Hop: when reading became a passion

Hosted by Jen at CrazyforBooks, this week’s question comes from Elena who blogs at Books and Reviews
“When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?”
I've grown up around books so reading has always been a big part of my life. Shelves in the lounge, in our bedrooms, in the rumpus rooms and at the bach (that's a beach house by the way) have always been overloaded by books. Couple that with the fact that both parents are academics, even if I'd wanted to escape the world of books there is no way I could have done.
I hope I've passed my passion for books and reading onto others as well. As a nanny, I'd always turn up each week with a bag of library books - it was the best way to bribe children to eat their broccoli! "Have another mouthful and only then will I turn the page!" 
However, my book gathering passion really only began about four years ago when I moved to the UK. All of I sudden I realised how cheap books could be and when I could get 3 best sellers for £1 in my local thrift shop!!
My love of books is certainly right up there with my love of shoes and chocolate - and that's saying something!


  1. HAaha!! I love the bribing that is so funny! I wouldn't mind having shelves all around me now in my apartment!

    And now I know why you're called the Book Gatherer hah!!

  2. I agree, books are as essential as shoes and chocolate! (BTW I think I want a "rumpus" room!) Thanks for stopping by!

    Somer @ A Bird's Eye Review

  3. That is indeed a promising first sentence; I hope the rest of the book lives up to its beginnings.
    Looking forward to seeing you back at What She Read or ActionReaders for one of our read-alongs... I'm doing a '100 books in a year' challenge at Goodreads, and I'm way ahead of the game, but between Roots and War & Peace I think this summer will set me back a tad! No worries though, in the end it's about quality, not quantity, right? And I can always read a few YA books to catch up...

  4. Hi! Stopping by for the hop! And I'm a new follower b/c I love the fact you rank your books high along w shoes & chocolate. happy Friday!

  5. When did I first realize I loved reading? I wish I could prove a pre-natal predilection towards books but my memories don’t stretch back quite that far.

    The earliest memories I can recall involved books. First having them read to me then reading them on my own the minute I had the ability.

    Books have been a major part of my life ever since. My passion for the written word knowing no bounds, I started writing books on top of reading them about ten years ago.

    Want to know what my favorite childhood book was? Hop on over to my blog and find out:

    Howard Sherman, Implementor

  6. Great post! I grew up around books as well, so I get where you are coming from. Mom used to find my up in the middle of the night reading encyclopedia - I was three.

  7. Oh, I love second hand bookstores...the old style ones where you can hideaway in the back. ;-)

  8. Stopping by from the Book Blogger Hop. I'm a new follower. Have a great weekend!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  9. I've fallen for the charms of the thrift store books too. I realized how important books had become in my life in 1999. Come see what happened.

  10. That is so cool! I love your answer! (Found your blog from Book Blogger Hop)

  11. Haha, I might have to keep that trick up my sleeve for future use with my little one. Thanks for hopping by my blog.

  12. "Old" follower hopping through. That's so cute about getting the kids to eat by reading to them. :)