I grew up reading books at Junior school with the likes of fuzz buzz and mr men which were to me then cool. I was learning at the same time these are memories even decades on.
Going up to bigger things
When I started secondary school in 1995. It was a different world to me and I had to get used to not being in just one classroom all the time. I remember the first time I went into the library and it was so cool it was on 2 levels.
There was books on cars, planes and everything in between and all things I liked. The school had no Internet. The school had a few BBC Micro’s including one in the library it was often hard to get access.
I often spent time outside in break’s, in the learning support building catching up on work at lunch time or in the library.
There was not much else to do.
Vampire Books with a humorous side
I think around this time I started reading the Vlad The Drac series of books. which were originally released in the 1980’s. These all took a light hearted view on the vampire Genre but for children.
This was probably one of the first book series I read cover to cover pretty much straight after one another. I then listened to the audio books and my interest in books was really sparked by now
Required reading advanced
As I moved up years at secondary school, exam preparation and required reading got harder. At this point I was reading the likes of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men and Romeo & Juliet. I loved reading all of them and accompanying video of the film’s. Ahh the days the tv being wheeled on wheels.
Of course, then there were the discussions after the final part of the film had been watched. I must admit I paid more attention in these than the rest of the class probably why I ended up in a fair few detentions while at school (Really Regret that now)
Harry Potter Books
When I left school in 2000 and started college it was a new journey. The library was twice as big as any I had been in before. My reading sort of diminished a little bit at this point. I had some new interests free Internet access and a new girlfriend exciting times.
(I was 16 it was going to happen!)
While at college I started to read the harry potter books. When I got the first book I never put it down and read it in a matter of hours. I loved the whole story of this magical castle and muggles.
Of course after this I had to get the next book and so on. Pretty sure you get the drift this continued till 2007.
In 2019 I still read but not as much as in my younger days. However I am reading an educational business book right now from 2 UK apprentice finalists.
I tapped on this briefly in my Harry Potter Books flashback, but never really went into any detail on it.
In my piece “retro gaming & Mental Health” I talked about it being a great way for me to control my Anxiety. However it does not always work for everyone. Reading is a great alternative.
Why? There is a calming nature to books. Their ability to make you imagine being in a place like Hogwarts or a fictional world Like Narnia. Studies also show that reading a book can reduce stress by around 60-70% and that’s no small number.
If you would like to check out some of the books I mention in here you can check out Amazon Books or Waterstones