I’ve loved books all my life. Before my father passed away he told me how when I was about nine months old, if I was passed a book and it was backwards or upside down I would flip it right side up or turn it around.
I remember being three years old, mom or dad taking me to bed and being read to. And then asking for a second and third story.
When I was five I would sit for my oldest brother and tell him crazy stories about dragons and a princess and unicorns.
I remember the first word I ever read. I was in first grade and I ran off the bus yelling “Mom, I can read!!” I remember feeling so proud at being able to read the word “the”.
When I learned how to write I started putting my own words to paper and dreamed of being in a book. Seeing my very own story in print. In third grade my story (of a total of ten lines, I think) was picked to be published in a book called “Forever Friends”, which has stories from students in each grade, in schools across the province. And in high school another story, this one longer, was published.
I remember spending summers reading a box of books.
When my first short story was published in an anthology from Third Person Press, I was so proud of myself. Even though my dad can’t see what I have accomplished the last few years, he got to see me live my dream: my story in a book, and I got paid for it.
My point is, books and reading have been a part of my life for longer then I can remember. There is nothing I love more then diving into a new book. And so here is (finally, I know) my question:
What is your favorite quote about reading or books in general?
I am starting to focus on my next tattoo. My first ink has meaning for me, and I plan to do that with each piece I get.
And it makes perfect sense to make my next one about my love of reading and the written word. There’s so many images and quotes to pick from. I think it will be an elaborate piece. So now the brainstorming has begun.
What is your favorite quote? If you were to get a tattoo reflecting your love of books (or even a certain book), what would it be? 🙂