Without the books I found in the library I would never be a writer. I read anything and everything, and somehow the stories in my own head became something I could commit to paper.
Every other week my dad would take me and my sister to the library in town. We would get through the door and I would turn left to the children’s area, he would turn right.
Now, we’re talking the seventies and eighties, so this was an old-fashioned library with floor to near ceiling grand bookcases full of musty old books. In the grown up’s side, ‘my dad’s side’, there were hundreds, thousands, millions (I was sure it looked like millions!) of books that I would look at with jealousy. Science Fiction was my dad’s favorite. He loved Star Trek, Blakes Seven, Doctor Who, and he took me to see Star Wars in 1977 (he went ‘for me’ apparently – seriously Dad, we could see right through that!)
I was happy over in the child’s section until I ran out of books. I only had 6 children’s tickets but that was okay, I devoured every single Enid Blyton I could at a very young age, Willard Price, moved onto Narnia and Little Women. By the time I was twelve, I had more or less read my way through every single book available in that children’s area.
Then Dad said I could use one of his adult tickets. :O
OMG, I was a kid in a sweetshop. I could choose anything I wanted from the mysteries of the dark wood cabinets. I knew exactly what I wanted to read and where I wanted to start.
I picked up the first Tolkien book in the Ring trilogy and I fell in love. I know I didn’t understand half the intricacies of the story, but I do know I found the one thing I loved, Heroic Bromance ™. I fell in love with Sam’s love for Frodo, I fell in love with the fact both would sacrifice themselves for the journey and Sam for Frodo. I fell in love with Strider. I read all three books and I cried at the end of book 3. I was probably 13, just starting Senior School (UK version of High School). I have never re-read these books and I never will. They are a shining moment in my own journey to where I am today.
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