All she had to do is mention going to the bookmobile, and it brought back a flood of memories...
The bookmobile came to our neighborhood, and it was like going to church for me. Especially in the summer. You'd walk up those few steps, open that heavy door, and the cool air would whoosh out and embrace you like an old friend.
As a kid I went through phases and depending on what phase I was immersed in, I'd head for that particular section in the bookmobile. The phases I went through were:
- mythology...I read every collection of Greek and Roman mythological stories. It was a marvelous escape.
- books about saints. I can't figure out why I got hooked on reading about saints--I'm not Catholic--but I really fixated on Joan of Arc. (I think a small part of it was her haircut. I had a pixie haircut when I was a kid and was a tomboy.)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents...These were collections of scary stories that kept you on the edge of your seat.
- The Three Investigators series...These books were about three boys who solved mysteries; their "office" was in the middle of one of the father's junkyard, and to get there, had built a tunnel through the junk.
- Nancy Drew mysteries...Nancy and her two female friends faced danger and solved mysteries, and they usually did not need any male assistance to do it.
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Mostly I read on the couch. I usually have a book with me, because I read in the car (when my husband is driving) and we also live by a set of railroad tracks, and getting stuck waiting for a long train is very pleasant when you have a book with you. However, as I have gotten older, one of the most delicious things is taking time on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to read and...nap.
How about you? What is your life as a reader like?