I so enjoyed all the visitors to Sunday Salon yesterday – thank you for stopping in and taking a moment to share your reading this week. Isn’t it fun to think of us all in our little corners of the world, reading books together?
When I was very young, perhaps 12 or 13, I became fast friends with a very precocious classmate of mine. A slender pixie of a girl, she had long reddish hair, and piercing dark eyes, mostly obscured by the stereotypical horned rimmed glasses. She was generally shunned by the other children, but I found myself drawn to her use of “five dollar words” as our teacher called them. She read constantly – even more than I – and the most amazing thing of all was the speed with which she read. Later, I learned she had taken the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Course (at the age of 8!!) and could zip through two or three novels in one day.
During the summer of that year, we became reading buddies. She would show up on my doorstep each morning, a paper-bag full of books in hand. I would take my own paltry stack out to the back yard, where we ensconced ourselves in metal chaise lounge folding chairs and read.
For the whole day.
Oh, I tried so hard to keep up with Raine during that summer, reading as fast as I could, my eyes racing across the pages of those little paperback novels . While she was reading the Bronte sisters and Peyton Place, I was stuck with the Cherry Ames series. Occasionally, she would offer one of her finished books to me (if she thought I was ready to read it) but mostly she plowed through them and tossed them mercilessly aside. Around noon, my mother would call us in for lunch – no one ever seemed to care where Raine spent her day -and while we ate our sandwich, she would talk about what she had been reading.
That reading relationship inspired me so much, and I longed to read as much as Raine, and be able to converse about what I’d read.
Well, many decades have passed, but I’ve probably never caught up with Raine (no matter the growing number of bookstacks and English literature courses).
However, I do enjoy this opportunity to have reading relationships with all of you.
Now if only we could spend the whole day lying on the chaise lounge in the backyard. (smiles)
Oh – I nearly forgot to tell you- SFP, from Pages Turned, was chosen to be the recipient of Jane Austen, A Life, by Claire Tomalin, in yesterday’s giveaway. SFP, I’ll try not to read it too fast, so we can be reading it together. I hope you will enjoy it.