It all began from the library in our school. I was about 8 years old and we were asked to pick up one book to read and return within a week.
I don’t know why but probably the book cover attracted me and I picked up Mr. Galliano’s Circus by Enid Blyton. I started it halfheartedly but by the time I was into the 20th page, I fell in love with the characters, Enid Blyton and the book all in that order.I think I finished the book within 2-3 days and then I was waiting for the next weekly library period for getting my next book.
My love story with books had begun….
I loved all the series’ by Enid Blyton.. the Famous Five, the Mystery Series, the Secret Seven, St Clare’s etc. The way she built the mystery, the ways she described food(though I did not understand what most them were but they sounded delicious) and the way the suspense was revealed. I would still recommend Enid Blyton to any young reader.
I then moved on to Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie.
My father bought me the Sherlock Holmes, Complete Collection , while I was in my 8th class. And I finished both it all during my summer vacation. I used to savor one story per day and usually took time to reflect and think about it before starting on the next story.
Completing the Sherlock Holmes series made me want to take up the profession of a detective. It really had a deep impression on my teenage mind.
I always had a book in my school bag, sometimes more than one, and I hid them from my mother who used to scold me for spending more time on reading stories than on studying academic books. Myself and few of the other book nerds from my class used to swap books once every 2-3 days. So, we managed to finish 2-3 books every week.
We also used to borrow books from the boys in the class who never read the books taken from the library but had to take anyway.Our school library was big and it had several hundred books. The librarian was not so friendly though and he sometimes did not allow us to select books and forced some books on us.
We had a big collection of books in my home too, my father being an avid reader. Before my high school years, I used to stare for hours at all the books in the shelves at home and knew most of the names and writers by heart. I was just waiting to grow up quickly so that I could read them as soon as possible… Alistair Maclean, Desmond Bagley, AJ Cronin, Arthur Hailey, Sydney Sheldon, Jeffrey Archer…I knew these authors since childhood. It was as if they were my childhood companions and I grew up loving them all even before reading their works.
Some of my favorite books during my schooling years were:
- The complete Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene – I have read almost all the books in the series
- Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Works by Arthur Conan Doyle
- And Then There were None by Agatha Christie
- Why didn’t they ask Evans by Agatha Christie
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie