Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012: Day Three Challenge!

You’ve made it to day three! I truly hope you’ve enjoyed your experience thus far! Today’s challenge is about family memories, specifically those that relate to books. Thanksgiving is all about families and the bonds/traditions we form.  Do you have any special family memories/traditions involving books? It doesn’t necessarily have to revolve around the holidays.

I have oodles of bookish memories, mainly because my grandmother was a librarian. We would spend summers with my grandparents and I loved the time spent in that quiet, small town library. Now, I’m forging new traditions with my own children. We’re about to embark upon a read-along of The Hobbit to prepare for the movie release. While I’m hopeful my boys enjoy it as much as I did, I’ll be understanding if they don’t.

So..either in the comments below or a post on your blog, facebook page, etc, tell us about your favorite bookish memory/tradition. One winner will be selected and, in honor of Small Business Saturday, will win a $25 gift card to Novel Places Bookstore.  This giftcard can be used online (or buy calling the store directly) so don’t worry if you aren’t local to the bookstore.

Remember to take part in the other Thankfully Reading Weekend Challenges! These are open all weekend for those unable to participate earlier in the week:



15 Responses to Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012: Day Three Challenge!

  1. Janet
    Twitter: janflora

    Most of my childhood revolved around books! Always got them as gifts and now I give them too. I have some treasured books about Christmas that my grandma would give me every year that began my collection of Christmas books :)

  2. My Mom was a BIG reader. She had tons of books and encouraged me from the start to read above my level. I remember when I was in school the teacher would assign the class a book to read and it never failed..They would stop and look at me and say “I bet Miss Cox (maiden name) has already read this? See me after class if you need a different assignment.” Chances are I’d already read the book so I’d have to get a new book assigned to me. That always made my mom proud! I hope that by gifting my son books nearly every Christmas I am making HER proud by making a new bookworm for the family! :)

  3. My parents read quite a bit, but mostly books from the library. So, owning my own books, that was something I wanted when I grew up. Now I’ve got so many that I give them away. And I give books to my mother, too. :-)

  4. Riki
    Twitter: Missriki7

    My favorite childhood reading memory is reading The Secret Garden. I wanted to see the film SO bad and my mom insisted I read the book first. I fought it at first but ended up falling in love with the book. After I saw the film I uttered words that I would come to repeat all my life: “The book was so much better!” The Secret Garden is still one of my favorite books today.

  5. I have such great memories of reading as a kid – I mention them in my blog post (http://www.garden-of-books.com/2012/11/thankfully-reading-weekend-challenge-3.html), but I forgot to add that Mom always took me to the summer reading program at the library in our town, and I would stock up weekly on as many books as they would allow me to check out! Loved it!!!

  6. This is perhaps my earliest book memory. My local library was having a RIF giveaway of books. I must have been about 8 to 10 years old, and I came upon a pink book called “Little Women.” Another person said it was a classic, and I took the book home. It’s been one of my favorite books, and I still believe Jo is one the greatest female characters ever.

  7. Serena
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit

    I signed up late as I had no idea how much time I would have for reading this weekend, but I’ve already read 2 books. Anyway, onto your challenge question.

    Our family didn’t read much, but my nana read to us all the time and she let me loose in the library at a very young age, and I would beg my mother to take us many days of the week to reload my shelves. The love of reading is something I hope to pass onto my daughter, who already knows the word “read” and says it every time she picks up a book from the shelf and hands it to me. And when I’m working or busy with dinner, you’ll often catch her in a sea of books on the floor saying the few words she remembers from the books — reading to herself or her stuffed animals. Too cute. And it makes me proud. OK, back to reading for me. Thanks for hosting.

  8. Marcie Lovett
    Twitter: organizedmarcie

    One of my earliest memories is of going to a rummage sale with my mother (I was 4 or 5) and picking out Hilary Knight’s ABC. I loved that book, even when I was older. The illustrations are amazing; I would sit for hours and look at them. Sadly, the book is out of print and my copy cello-taped copy barely survived the next generation of book lovers. Yes, I still have it and I still am captivated.

  9. Don
    Twitter: TheSundry

    For years the new Stephen King novel would come out just before my birthday, so my Dad always knew what to get me. It was like the publisher was trying to make our lives just a little but easier. :)

  10. I unfortunately don’t have many happy family memories of the bookish sort from my childhood, possibly because I was the only real “reader” out of the four of us. I remember it being a monumental achievement when I was able to talk my father into reading us a bedtime story. It only happened a few times a year, so I sank my teeth in for every last second of it.

    My daughter is turning six on Tuesday, and I’m happy to say she’s a voracious book nerd! ^.^ She can only read small sentences on her own (like “I love the bunnies”), but storytime before bed is a must-have. She gets three stories in the evening, and I try to keep things interesting, combining classic fables with modern picture books, and always at least one with a strong female lead. Once we finish the anthologies we’re reading from at the moment, we’re going to start our first wave of chapter books. Alice in Wonderland is up first, and she’s excited to get started.

    We still have her board books from babyhood, and she’s allowed to take them to bed with her at night. I know she’s “reading” from memory (she could recite whole pages when she was only 2!), but it’s still so sweet to listen to her as she “reads” to her favorite stuffed animals. I see many years of curling up quietly together, getting lost in our novels. I can’t freaking wait. :-)

  11. My favorite bookish tradition has to do with Easter. Easter is a huge book holiday in our family. It started back when I was a child and loved the Baby-Sitters Club series. Every year my mother would fill my basket up with books from the series that I hadn’t read yet. It didn’t matter that I knew I was going to receive BSC books. What mattered was the anticipation of it. I wonder which books I would receive from the series and how my basket would look. The best year was the last Easter that I thought of myself as being too old for BSC. I was twelve years old. My mother outdid herself. My basket was filled to the brim with books; there were at least 15 books in my basket.

    Now as a mother, I share that memory with my kids and add to the tradition. Easter is still a bookish holiday and the kids know there will be more books than candy in their baskets. I think with them, the anticipation is one of the best parts of the holiday.

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  14. Leslie
    Twitter: undermyappletre

    No special traditions for me but as far back as I can remember, I have always been surrounded by books. Mom loved to read and made sure my brother and I had access to lots of books. When I was in grade school we would go to the library almost every Saturday. I remember movie time, story time and wandering through the stacks choosing books for the week. I can also remember being told to “turn out the light and go to sleep”. I never wanted to put the book down!

  15. I’ve never heard of something like this but I find it fascinating. Sounds like a wonderful memory. My mom always liked to include toys and stuffed animals in our baskets. She’s an incredible mother, especially around the holidays and left me with a lot of good memories. Yours sounds like a book lovers dream.