Friday, July 13, 2012

The Professor's Monthly Homework Assignment: Things I Can't Live Without

First off, Mary from Le Professeur Gothique has started a new blog at The Dancing Maenad. She has her reasons for this, so please look at her blogs for more information. Mary is a wonderful woman, and I'll be following her blog no matter what.

This months assignment is to feature one item that I can't live without. I didn't know what to choose! I was going to go for my music, I listen to music every single day. Or maybe my winklepickers or makeup. But my book collection finally won out.

This is only one of my bookshelves. This one holds all of my fiction, the other holds all my non-fiction.

Books have played such a huge part in my life. My dad helped my book love when I was a kid, he was a manager of a bookstore in the Perth city centre (the bookstore is still there, but he's changed jobs a few times).
I went through a period in Primary School not reading books because it was too 'popular' but I quickly changed my mind. I'm the type of girl who always re-reads my favourite books. Reading a familiar book is like having a close family, who you can tell anything to.

During my teen years I would read books all day. I had a really tough family life, I had to live with my neglectful mother. We were very poor, and she would spend welfare money on drugs instead of looking after me and my sister. Reading was an escape for me.
I would go to the library and check out the maximum amount of books possible, I would read them all in a week and return them.

I also didn't have any friends, I was very much a loner. Books really helped me pass the time.
My favourite book is Little Women. I love reading about their life and adventures, I never get tired of reading it. I'm a big fan of classic novels, and my other favourites include The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre. I enjoy reading about female characters.

I love all of the different stories that my bookshelf holds. I can pick up a book and be in Narnia, or I can visit Notre Dame, or I could be in Victorian London, or in Maine USA.

Funny fact, I remember starting to read Jean. M. Auel in year 7. If you don't know, Auel writes a popular series about a prehistoric female going through her life. It's filled with quite a bit of X-rated caveman sex, this was most likely where I found out about human desire (I figured out how babies were made when I was in primary school)

My non-fiction section contain a lot of occult books. I've been very interested in the occult, ever since I was very little. I never believed in anything written in the books, but I really enjoy reading the spooky stories and interesting legends. As I've grown older I've found Skepticism, which has helped me understand about why people believe strange things.

Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed reading about my love of books. I'm so glad that the Internet exists, I can now buy books online for really cheap! is what I use all the time, I can get books for under $10 including shipping :)


Lesthi said...

It wouldnt be possible to live without books for me either. :3 I love reading!

Trystan L. Bass said...

What a lovely post! I read most of the same books as a kid too -- really got me hooked & made me want to study literature in college.

Bane said...

Well said! Reading was an escape for me as well. I love that books can teach me about the real world or take me away to a new world.

Lady Bethezda @ Bethezdas Preoccupations said...

Oh my goodness! I had the same experience with Clan of the Cavebear. My girlfriend who was one year older than me started to read it. She was about 8 or 9 so I was about 7 or 8. We sat in the laundry room while she read the "dirty" passages out loud. LOL. I went home and told my mom I wanted to get the book but she wouldn't let me because she had already read it (and still owned it) and knew what I was up to. LOL!!!
Wonderful post. I would never imagine you had a tough upbringing because you carry yourself so well. Hugs and kuddos for overcoming that. <3

Meagan Kyla said...

I also love Little Woman! Thanks for sharing a little more about you. I love reading too and I think it shows how intelligent and sensitive you are <3

Anonymous said...

Books are my life in a big way! I KNEW we had lots in common, my friend. Little Women and the Secret Garden are two of my favorite books. I re-read Secret Garden every spring to help me roll into the season. :D

Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for participating! (((HUGS))) from NYC!

Jamie said...

What a fantastic book collection! Books are a huge part of my life as well, I can't go a day without reading. Between that and your lovely Monster High dolls all over the shelf, I think we have a lot in common! I still haven't read the Auel books, but in 7th Grade, which is about the same time as year 7, I started reading the V.C. Andrews books, which are just as bad as far as sex scenes go. :P A great post, and lovely to read!

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