March 5 is World Book Day, and if you’ve been reading Pigtown*Design for any amount of time, you know I am a total bibliophile. The houses where I grew up had great libraries and I’d spend hours in there, poking through my father’s books. And in my houses, I’ve always had bookcases filled with the books I’ve collected over a lifetime.
The earliest book I remember we hand-me-downs from my cousins, my siblings and I being the youngest set of 28 first cousins. There were poetry books by A.A.Milne, including Now We Are Six, and When We Were Very Young. I can still recite bits and pieces of these poems that I learned all those years ago. These were the books with the beautiful evocative illustrations by E.H. Shepard, not the hideous Disney ones.
When I got old enough to read on my own, I read anything and everything I could get my hands on, and I still do. I read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, and all of the other serial books that were popular. One of my favourite books was Harriet the Spy. Another one I loved with the crazily-named From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Since my father worked in a museum, and we had the run of the place, this book always resonated with me.
There have been periods when I’ve read less than at other times, but if I am sitting still, I am probably reading something. I love sitting at breakfast on Saturday mornings reading the Financial Times or the Wall Street Journal, both of which have excellent weekend sections.
You can’t even imagine how happy it makes me to work in a place with a stacks library with more than 50,000 books. Each time I venture up there, I find something new… and it’s not always books. Our ghost occasionally leaves me things to find like portraits and old picture frames.
In honour of World Book Day 2015, I hope that you will share your best-loved books in the comments!