Reading was my thing when I was a child.
Sure, other kids could play sports, join cub scouts or just go outside and play but me I could totally read! I read fast and I read a lot.
I know! Weird that I was sooooo incredibly popular and totally beloved by all the other children and yet found time to spend hours and hours….and hours….and hours totally alone reading.
I read so much that my parents had to impose rules about when I had to go outside and, more importantly, turn off the light and go to bed.
I defeated their evil plan by using a flashlight under the sheet.
They retaliated by taking away my flashlight.
So I began leaving the light in the hall on and my door cracked open just enough to let a shaft of light in that I could read by if I moved the book up and down.
They unscrewed the light bulb.
Finally (and really what other option did I have?) I began defiantly using the goose-necked lamp that was on my bedside table.
The downside of the lamp was that it made an fully audible “click” when hastily turned off. So, I began listening closely for my parents approach and I would simply douse the light by tipping it into my pillow until they passed.
Well, genius until they paused outside my door for too long one night and I set my pillow on fire.
But it wasn’t totally my fault. My family are crazy readers. My grandfather had a full library (complete with card catalog and Dewey Decimal labeled books) in his basement. My grandmother read so many murder mysteries we were sure she was planning to off someone. My dad is (or was until recently) the only male member of his senior community’s book club. And my sister Sally is a librarian!
So, when I was casting around for new product ideas my memory went to all my fond memories of libraries and reading (but not pillow pyrotechnics).
I kind of miss the ritual of getting your book card stamped and I thought it might ring a nostalgic bell with others too. I’m hopoing these will make fun, unique gifts for literature lovers or a great gift for a book club hostess.
Sadly, I’ve developed adult-onset-sleep-reflex (ie, open a book-fall asleep immediately) so my reading has slowed. I’m good at starting books though! There are about four on my bedside table and several more in my ipad.What are you reading these days?