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Literary Blog HopWow!  Another “Hop!”  The Literary Blog Hop!  I was looking at joining in another “hop” but this one gets to go first.  No reason.  Just because.  Since my taste is so eclectic in what I read, what I think, and just about everything else in my life, this one fits my personality just a little bit better.

The word “literary” is a very broad, all-reaching term.  I like to read and review books, I love to write, and I always have an opinion about things, and I write those too!  I think I can safely extend the title of Literary Blog to this blog — even if it is not always as lofty and erudite as some might think appropriate for such a title.  Who cares?  Let’s “Hop!”

Instructions for entering the Literary Blog Hop:

1. Grab the code for the Button.

Literary Blog Hop

2. Answer the following prompt on your blog.

(Suggestions for future prompts? Email them to thebluebookcase@gmail.com)

This week’s question comes from Debbie at Reader Buzz:

How did you find your way to reading literary fiction and nonfiction?

One answer to that question can be found at the host for this week’s hop, The Blue Bookcase.

[Comment: Apparently there is a different question every week.  Hey, I can do this!]

3. Add your link to the Linky List below. [That Mr. Linky List “Below” is actually over here at the host’s site.]

[Comment: I can host.  I host things.  Seriously.  Especially things I like.  In fact, it was the Book Review Blog Carnival that I was looking for I stumbled onto this over at I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! It’s all Clark’s fault!]

Now, that Mr. Linky list will provide you with more interesting answers to this week’s hop question so go check it out and enjoy your hops!

I will be adding this post to that same Linky List as soon as I finish answering the question, “How did you find your way to reading literary fiction and nonfiction?”

This is not a question I’ve ever thought about.  All I really remember is that I wanted so much to learn how to read!  I remember “reading” to my mother while she was working in the kitchen.  I must have been three or four years old and I was actually looking at pictures and making up stories to go along with them — that was “reading.”  Interestingly enough, the first word I learned to spell was, “BOOK.”  Honest!  Growing up I found my way through comic books, Huck Finn, and a collections of Nancy Drew mysteries.

Those weren’t scary enough.  Grocery store book shelves were great (they still are) and the more terrifying the cover or the scarier the title, the better.  Salem’s Lot sounded like a book about witches!  Salem means witches, right?  The book is a good one, by the way.  The movie stunk!  This book actually kept me involved until Chapter 10.  It is not until then that you find out the book is actually about vampires!  While that was not what I had in mind, I was very happy to take it!  Uh, comic book favorite?  Vampirella!  I so wanted to be just like her — sexy, beautiful, seductive, strong, and dangerous!  (Isn’t that every woman’s closet dream?  We just don’t admit it, in polite company.)

Anyway, at some point my mother must have decided that she was going to take my passion for reading and focus it on the classics instead.  Some kind of book club mailed us one 0f those classic literary books, nicely bound, every two months.  I got through the likes of Ivanhoe, Pride & Prejudice, Brave New World, and others, and enjoyed them very much!  Chaucer and Melville, however, died on the vine for me.  I was bored out of my mind.  I still have seven or eight of these pretty books sitting, more as decorations, on my shelf.

Then there was that one high school teacher who had us read Shakespeare.  This is not something I would pick up today but, man, Macbeth is really cool adolescent reading when you have a teacher actually helping the students work through the language. “Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble…”  That was good stuff!  I finally got some literary witches! I know there are intellectuals who will pick up Shakespeare’s work and enjoy the read.  I’m just not one of them.  Sorry.  I will admit, now that I’m older, that seeing a presentation of Hamlet would be kind of cool!  Mel Gibson does a pretty good Hamlet.  Gibson does do a good job of being anything mentally unstable!

Working with Tutor.com a few years back led me to realize my passion for English and History crossover books.  Historic fiction rocks!

Where am I now?  Who knows?  If I like the topic or it peaks my curiosity, I’ll read it!  While I still love Children’s Literature, I would like to see more of it a little less wimped-out.  I’ll explain that in a later post.  Never mind all of that for now!  Go hopping!

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