What’s a blog without literature? So of course I had to cover this for the L word in the A to Z Challenge but I did hesitate about the direction I would take. I was going to share a story with you, a fictional one I found in my treasure box but I want to be more personal with these posts and I can post a story anytime. Instead I’ll share what literature has meant to me and hope you can relate and share your own stories in the comments.
Literature has always been a part of my life. While I can’t recall which book I read first or choose one author as my all time favourite, being able to read and write meant I was able to live. I do remember reading the C. S. Lewis series most of us know and love (Chronicles of Narnia) when I couldn’t find anything else to read. Fortunately I grabbed it off my father’s bookshelf and was admittedly addicted. Unfortunately, he was missing the last book which was annoying but meant I could justify re-reading it later in life and I am so very glad I did. And I made sure to buy the collection in one book so I could share it with my son later.
Literature brings us together, either by sharing the love of a book or the dislike of one, or simply to meet up with other readers who love books and discussing them.
When in high school I loved being a Reading Tutor as I was able to encourage typical non-readers to find books they enjoyed reading. Now, many years later, I am part of a book club and it’s a part of each month I look forward to no matter what book they recommend we read. Being an author and an avid reader has connected me with so many other authors who I have come to adore, and with fans of my own work I have grown a bond with that cannot be replaced.
This all to say that literature goes far beyond the pages of a favourite book.
What is your favourite book and who is your favourite author? Tell me how you fell in love with literature.
Thanks for reading,