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Started by joesvejk on May 5, 2018 7:36:02 PM
Was yours a literary household?

Did you have lots of books?

joesvejk - 05 May 2018 19:41:43 (#1 of 54)

Not really before I arrived on the scene the only book in our house was a copy of The Magnificient Mc darney. My mother from her meagre resources bouht Kidnapped Ivanhoe , the Children of The New Forest and Black beauty. My father read books on irish history which I brought home from school . My mother had only time to read the newspaper.

TheExcession - 05 May 2018 19:44:32 (#2 of 54)

There were loads of books of all kind in my parents' house and there were regular trips to the local library. I grew up loving books and one of my regrets about adult life is that I don't get enough time in the day to read as much as I'd like. (lunchtimes and that's about it, most days)

Gotout - 05 May 2018 19:45:35 (#3 of 54)

My parents had lots of boring books, they used to smell musty....

Rendered - 05 May 2018 19:48:48 (#4 of 54)

And the books?

Shadrack22 - 08 May 2018 22:59:50 (#5 of 54)

As a child, being slow on the uptake, I used to wonder what was different about other people’s houses. Answer: they didn’t have any books.

Arjuna - 08 May 2018 23:02:36 (#6 of 54)

We had loads of books, possibly as many as six or seven but I never actually counted.

AlanII - 08 May 2018 23:59:39 (#7 of 54)

It was after I was done with it. (They fobbed them all off on to me pretty quickly though, not that I was complaining.)

Antimatter - 09 May 2018 03:09:33 (#8 of 54)

No, nobody had much of anything when I grew up. But I always loved books and learned to read at a young age. I still have too many books.

Geribaldi - 09 May 2018 03:22:30 (#9 of 54)

Yes. Thankfully.

ishyomah - 09 May 2018 07:07:09 (#10 of 54)

Yes. And now they're mine.

RosyLovelady - 09 May 2018 07:16:14 (#11 of 54)

Libraries were the thing. Buying books was reckoned to be a dreadful extravagance, a sign of having more money than sense. Friends' houses were more likely to be full of books, except where fear of dust beat intellectual curiosity.

browserbutton - 09 May 2018 07:30:55 (#12 of 54)

Posting 'shelfies' on social media hadn't been invented. Now everyone can be a literary giant.

"Pfft! I'm a far greater literary giant than yow! Look at moi shelves!"

rgtstoppedcounting - 09 May 2018 07:44:22 (#13 of 54)

Yes, but oddly compartmentalised: medical (work) texts, politics/history, economics and Gollancz SF hardbacks (Dad); Penguin classics by the ton and contemporary lit fiction (Mum).

With the beloved, battered Britannica & yearbooks in the metaphorical middle.

Hundredsand - 10 May 2018 17:51:53 (#14 of 54)

Parents house had a study with lots of built in shelving. Lots of 1950s paperbacks and reference books.

Catspyjamas17 - 10 May 2018 18:05:02 (#15 of 54)

I was taken to the public library a lot and read to a lot. I could read when I was three years old. The books we had at home were popular fiction and Reader's Digest, Colour Library Books type non-fiction.

pmcblonde - 10 May 2018 19:13:49 (#16 of 54)

Did you also have Butler’s Lives of the Saints and a complete collection of Andrew Lang’s Fairytales, rgt? If so we might be related

pmcblonde - 10 May 2018 19:15:02 (#17 of 54)

Although the classic SF was my older brothers and my Mum had a lot of Edith Pargeter/Jean Plaidy

thismorning - 11 May 2018 00:59:18 (#18 of 54)

I was considered the family intellectual because I I read the Sunday funny papers all the way through. Granted I paid special attention to Daisy May.

otraynor - 11 May 2018 03:40:22 (#19 of 54)

My mother enjoyed reading, but I was the book junky of the family. A trip to the bookstore was just about the most exciting thing I could imagine, once she decided that horses were turning me unnatural.

Delighted_User - 11 May 2018 04:35:32 (#20 of 54)

My mother had worked in a bookshop before I was born, and for a publishing company when I was growing up. She was entitled to a free copy of everything the latter published, and had a discount on the merchandise of the former, so there were quite a lot of books about, often duplicated in different editions, and often bought with more good resolutions than out of actual interest. I was told that I taught myself how to read, which I don't remember at all; I suppose I must have thought it was necessary to find out what all those things were doing.

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