I would read all the time to the kids when they were younger and it's something I've always encouraged them both to do. I'm pleased to say they seem to have inherited my love of words.
Amy is a real bookworm. I don't know when she last watched a TV programme but she's always got her nose stuck in a book. Her favourites are Jacqueline Wilson & Cathy Cassidy. The only thing she does which I don't quite understand is read them over and over again. I can't see the point when you know what's coming but it doesn't seem to bother her. She can actually quote whole passages from her favourites.
The only book I've ever read more than once is 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. And I go to the extreme with this book as I've read it at least a dozen times. The first time was in my first year of English Lit O'level back in 1981 (I think) and it's just one of those books that I can read over and over again.
Mark isn't much of a reader. The only book he ever read through choice as a child was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. About once a year he'll find a book and read it. They generally have to be real life stories about prisons or drugs gangs though.
I never read Roald Dahl as a child. I was more an Enid Blyton kind of girl. I loved the whole 'it was the first day of the summer hols' ideal. Mark says I should have been born in the 50's in a village. The Secret Seven and Famous Five adventures were my favourites, with a bit of Mr Twiddle thrown in. I also loved the Faraway Tree series with moon-face, silky the fairy, the saucepan man & dame washalot. Anybody remember those?
As I 'matured' (all of 13 or 14!), I moved on to Danielle Steel. I can still remember discussing the sexy bits with my friends and thinking how grown up we all were! It was a long time before I realised what oral sex really was though - we all thought it was dirty talk! Then for years I would entertain nothing but autobiographies. These days I'll read pretty much anything but I always like to have a book on the go.
And as there's absolutely no realistic chance of ever being locked in a library I just have my own stash on the bedside cabinet. You can't beat a bit of a read at the end of the day.
So that's my idea of heaven. I wonder what yours would be? And what's everybody reading? Any recommendations?