Aug 23

Indoctrinated by the book meme


When growing up did your family share your love of books? If so, did one person get you into reading? And, do you have any family-oriented memories with books and reading? (Family trips to bookstore, reading the same book as a sibling or parent, etc.)

You can reply to this book meme here or play the game at the home of the weekly Thursday meme: BTT . Here’s my reply:

I have fond memories of my mother reading to us around the kitchen table when we were already reading independently. My fondest memories are of: The Hobbit and The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe series. I have vaguer memories of the learn-to-read books like Amelia Bedelia but I know we must have read them all. I think we took ten books out of the library every two weeks during the summer months. The set number was so that we would know how many to search for if one got lost!

Happy memories. I’ve always been a “lucky kid.”


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  1. Alice Teh

    Bless your mom! I used to be the only bookworm in the family. My siblings weren’t much of a reader when they were young. Even now, they read but not as much as I do. I’m almost ‘chronic’. LOL.

  2. Chris

    I like the set number idea. I always worry one is missing.

  3. Heather (errantdreams)

    I definitely remember reading Tolkein and CS Lewis books as a child! I have no idea how I avoided losing library books as a child, but nowadays my library not only gives me a receipt with all the books listed, but I have an online account that I can check. How cool!

  4. Cee Cee

    Yes you were! The set number idea was smart. I used to carry stacks of Little House home from the library. Ahh, those were the days.

    Oh, Heather, how I miss my big city library! My little town library, yuck, is not online nor is there anyway to renew a book nor check what I have out. Just the other day, I had to pay a $3 fine!

  5. bookinhand

    My mom did the same thing with the number of books that we checked out of the library when we were kids! I think we had a limit of six. Oh, the memories of the library when we were young…. Diane

  6. Stephanie

    You know. I honestly can’t ever remember my Mom reading to me. Isn’t that sad??? I know I sometimes balk at reading the SAME books to my girls over and over again. BUT they want to read, so I just sigh and do it!!

  7. Cereal Girl

    Hi Alice. I know what you mean about chronic. I’m supposed to be getting ready for back-to-school and I’ve been reading 5 minute mysteries!

  8. Cereal Girl


    Thanks for the comment. I’ll come visit your blog.


    Maybe that explains a lifelong thing for fantasy novels, eh. I wouldn’t be surprised in my case.

  9. Cereal Girl

    What a lot of comments!

    I will be checking out Bookinhand and Stephanie. I think this is the first time you’ve commented on my blog… So thanks!

  10. Literary Feline

    That is a great memory of your mother reading to you in the kitchen like that. 🙂

    My grandmother encouraged me to read The Chronicles of Narnia and I loved them. I wasn’t introduced to Tolkein until way into my adulthood, but I sure do love those books.

  11. Booklogged

    I like having a set number. That would greatly help with my scatter-brained daughter and I.

  12. Cereal Girl

    Literary Feline

    Neither of my grandmothers were readers like yours, but they did teach me to knit.


    Aha, another reader-mom. That’s what we like to see.

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