Monday musings and mailbox treats

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about early reading….Do you remember how you developed a love for reading? Was it from a particular person, or person(s)? Do you remember any books that you read, or were read to you, as a young child? (question courtesy of Diane

My family taught me to read at an early age. One of my earliest memories is first grade and getting a gold star for reading the most books in the class. I remember, and I don't know the reason why, staying inside while all the other kids were at first recess and reading. Once I learned to read, I couldn't get enough of it. Reading opened all new doorways to many different people, places and things.

The picture above was taken in 1970. Me in pajamas and white shoes. It was Easter time and I was showing them off. I loved Easter because it meant getting to buy new white shoes. Chris was about 3 1/2 at the time and I adored my brother. Obviously Dr. Seuss was a big favorite in our household. Other than that I can't remember any of the titles or authors of books I read. I just loved reading period. I could tell you all about the shows we watched: The Flintstones, the Jetsons, Alvin and the Chipmunks. Why those stick in my mind more so than the books I don't know. Now it is the exact opposite.

I don't have any of my old books from my childhood, but we have a couple original Dr. Seuss's saved by Father's mother.

In the past couple days I received some great books.

I received an offer to read and review "Chasing Demons": book two in the Mistress of Beasts Saga by R.L. Geerdes.

I accepted the offer and figured since I hadn't read book one. would go out and buy it - "Wizard's Secrets" and read it before hand. I happen to mention this in the email and received a big surprise along with Chasing Demons. Mrs. Geerdes sent me "Wizard's Secrets" as well. How nice is that!

I also received "20 Boy Summer" by Sarah Ockler which is being released in June.

I'm looking forward to reading them.

Do you remember any of your childhood favorites?


  1. I remember those early cartoons over the books I read too!

  2. I love the photo. I don't have any of me as a child reading. The books look great.

  3. You brought back to me a wonderful old memory - new shoes at Easter. That was one of the fun things about Easter.

    I also received 10 Boy Summer this week. Maybe we should coordinate our reading/reviews. What do you think?

  4. Loved reading about your early years as a reader. Even then, you were fast! :-)

  5. That asthma had confined me indoor helped cultivate my passion for reading.

  6. Super post! And I too won the prize in first grade for most books read *and* reviewed (on 8 by 5 index cards). I guess that early love of books is something most of us share.

  7. That photo is priceless!!!!!

    I got 20 Boy Summer too!! Enjoy :)

  8. Great thoughts about your early reading. Love the photo too!

    Here is my post


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