Friday, June 4, 2010

A librarian from the beginning

I suppose, sometimes, that I was meant to be a librarian right from the beginning. After all, both my sister and I were named after characters from a book. I am named after Meg, from Little Women (my mom is the oldest of four girls and really related to her) and my sister is named after Laura, from the Little House books, which I was reading with my dad at the time she was pregnant.

It's interesting how little things in your life can shape you later. I love listening to audio books. I find it very soothing, and I will even (easily!) fall asleep to an audio book if I'm lying in bed and not reading it in the car. Don't worry, I don't fall asleep while driving!
This I can pinpoint to my younger years, when my father read to me. I'm sure he read many books to me, but the ones I remember best are the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I remember sitting on my parent's bed, listening, absorbing information that I can now quote because I've read and reread it so many times.

I have a little issue with books, though. I don't like to read them! Well, that's not entirely accurate. I love reading books, I just don't like reading new books. They scare me! What if I read a book and I think it'll be good, and it's not?? What then?? Therefore, I have a bad habit of reading the same books over and over again. In my defense, I have been getting better at this, but it's still a work in progress. As is noted by the books I've read in the past month:

The Giver (reread)
Gathering Blue (reread)
Messenger (reread)
The Hunger Games (reread, in anticipation of the new book coming out this August!)
Catching Fire (reread)

And, when I'm done with Catching Fire, I'm going to move onto these beauties.

Yes, those are the original books I got new, on my birthday in 1988. Just a few months before my sister was born.
What's that? They're in worse shape than my copy of The Giver?
It's possible, of course. Though, to be fair, I did keep Farmer Boy in pristine condition. Which could be because I have never read it. As a child I didn't want to read a book about a boy and as an adult...well, see the above paragraph about my issue with new books.

Anyway, I think the next month or so will be spent reliving my childhood through these books. After which, hopefully, the new Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, will be out and I can delve into a new book that I know I will love.

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