I am a self-confessed book lover. I am also a book hoarder and book collector (not the hard core types). My library cards from way back were frequently renewed due to constant borrowing from the school/university libraries. My family and friends are witness to my addiction. My fully-loaded bookshelves and towering piles in every corner of the house are proof of my love for books.
My young reading years were influenced by the following books:
- Nancy Drew mystery stories - I owe it to Carolyn Keene for my inclination to sleuthing and loving spy thrillers whether in printed format or in films.
- Barbara Cartland novels - opened my heart to romance and notions of love and being in love, even though it was just a character in the story.
- Mills and Boon - I read these books in great secrecy. Hahaha. I was shocked!
- Dirk Pitt books - Clive Cussler's writings shaped my adventurous streak.
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Reading this book was a big challenge for me. It took me nth times to even finishing the very last page. But it was worth it. It marked the beginning of my appreciation for Russian literature. Add to the fact that their novels are quite long and I even did not mind it.
- Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo - opened my eyes and understanding to the social ills that beset our lives.
- Margaret Truman capital murder series - what lured me to liking and loving crime novels and related tv series.
Now I wonder what other people have read during their youth. What pages of a book they had flipped up that spelled the difference between reading with passion and/or feeling indifference with books.
Okay. So I found the last statement quite extreme. LOL.