My World of Books
Eversince I was young, I loved books. Fairy tale picture books were simply my favorite, especially Thumbelina. Even before I could utter a word I would leaf through the thick pages and look at the very nice pictures – imagining myself to be the miniscule character of the story. I would soon progress into other fairy tale stories as well, the likes of Cinderella and Snow White.
Somehow during my elementary years, I lost interest, but still occassionally opening a book here and there. I never liked the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books of my days (there you go, you know I’m at least a decades older than you!). Blame it on our school librarian who I feared like the plague! My love for reading decreased.
An uncle of mine would visit us when I was younger, bringing a bagful of pocketbooks that my mom kept at home. I never even bothered to look at these books, until one day one of the books fell off a shelf. It was a book by the famed romance author Barbara Cartland. Now this grand dame was known for her fairy tale-like romance novels – damsel in distress meets the man of her dreams who happened to be a prince in disguise, beat all odds and live happily ever after.
After reading a few pages, I was hooked! My love affair with books started almost at the same time I began a passionate interest in writing! But it started with one Barbara Cartland book. To this day, I get my Cartlands from Ebay where they sell somewhere between Php50-100. For an avid reader and collector like me, it’s a steal! Even now that I’m already married and with a family of my own, I would read her books – not anymore to wish for my own prince, but more like to relive how romance was in the olden days. Reading her books never failed to make me swoon….