I read Copious amounts as a child it was my favorite distraction to reality. I still love to read I like the smell of books even if they are old and musty I like to think of who has touched the book and read it and if it changed anything in their life especially books that are passed down from ancestors. I almost equally love the smell of a new book and hope it passes into hands that derive meaning from it. I do not like to lend out books It is the one thing I wont lend however if I know someone wants to read something I have I make sure to get them a copy. Since some of our books are very old and first edition I prefer they stay safe and people can always read them at our house I have no objection to a weekend guest who wants to read a rare book here.
Growing up I enjoyed classics as well as books my husband would classify as “crap” I tell him to each their own and he will sometimes agree. My husband is an actual writer and I am not I just blog for various reasons mostly It can be informational. My grammar I admit can be at times “crap” and I have been told my old-fashioned way of writing and talking can be as I was once told” as if I was an old Lady” I use many old words because I love them. I do not understand and I say this in all honesty why people think you can change the meaning of words because you should not and can not this is not to say you can’t create new words with new meanings of course we do in Science often and need to and it helps label and help people understand.
I can sometimes ramble on when I talk or blog or even write letters. I use to write hand written letters very often now we have social media and that has changed the way we write to each other also email,texting on cell phones it has changed the way we get involved in social life but not always for the best I fear.
Back to books I wanted to talk about Dickens because as a child the book Great Exceptions blew my mind and also creeped me out just a tad just enough to make it interesting. Today for the first time I read his book of Christmas tales including the infamous tale of Mr. Scrooge and his life style change due to “seeing the light”. Growing up I was not allowed to read any Christmas books due to the fact It was agenst my Mothers religion so I forgot he even wrote them till recent and I read them and thought all Children should read them or have them read to them not just at Christmas but anytime they want to. It is funny how one small thing like not having any Holidays as a child has made me love Holidays all the more even though I personally do not believe in God I still like the idea of “goodwill toward men and woman”. Some Holidays interest me more than others As it is for most people some really do not interest me at all. I love Halloween and Christmas those are my favorite by far. If I had to pick only one absolute favorite: Halloween.
Charles Dickins was an English writer and social critic mainly. He was considered the greatest writer of the Victorian period. Dickens was forced to leave school to work in a factory when his father was thrown into debtors’ prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms. He was an interesting human being and great writer.
I hope you will take the time to read Dickens to your children and when they are old enough give them a copy of their own as old a copy as you can find.