book talk: reading in the woods

Reading in the Woods

Posted May 25, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 7 Comments


My father likes to tell stories about how he and I used to read together when I was little.  I remember none of them.  For whatever it’s worth, I also don’t remember what month the New Hampshire Renaissance Fest was in last year, so I’m not great with memories sometimes.  Despite my lack of specific thoughts, I do remember quite a bit about books growing up.

As a child, I was lucky enough to live in a beautiful, rural area that I did not appreciate.  We had acres of woods behind us and marshlands and a small pond.  We were close to a playground and a state park.  If you are an outdoorsy person, this is paradise.

I am not, and have never been, an outdoorsy person.

In an attempt to remedy this, our parents would strongly encourage we spend time outside.  We were taken camping!  Given decent bikes and fishing poles.  Encouraged to wander on our own and stay clear of black bears.  My brother delighted in this freedom.  I wanted to go back inside.

So I did the next best thing – I accepted the world I was thrust into, and brought another world with me… a book.  I don’t remember the first book I read, or even the second, but I have incredible memories of sitting in the quiet of the forest behind my home, reading Tamora Pierce novels.  It was like stepping through the wardrobe and into a magical place.

It was these quiet moments that grew into my passion for books, one of the few things I haven’t given up on since I was little.  It was Tamora Pierce herself in these wooded reading sessions that inspired me to write (my earliest stories are basically The Circle of Magic fanfiction).  There’s really nothing like sitting perched on a tree branch, listening to squirrels jump from tree to tree, and losing yourself in an adventure.

This week’s Book Blogger Hop asked:

Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?


Short answer: I have no idea what the first book was, but I have fond memories of reading as a child and recommend it to all younglings.


Do you remember your earliest childhood favorites?

How did you/do you like to spend your summer vacations?

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever sat down and read a book?

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7 responses to “Reading in the Woods

  1. I always bring a book with me! Or my tablet (in which case I have a lot of books with me). I do love reading outside, but more in a private setting? Like my own balcony/garden. I’ve never gone out to the park or something to read. Too public for me. I do, however, love to spend the summer at the beach when I can and have read on the beach before. (Far away from the sea, of course, imagine the horror of damaging a book!) The strangest place I’ve read a book… I wouldn’t know. The bus station maybe while waiting for the bus. XD

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    • Amber

      Public parks and the such tend to get noisy, and I always end up people watching! But I agree – outdoor reading in a private place is lovely.

      The bus station isn’t too strange, so that’s good! 😀

  2. Lovely answer. I also always tend to take a book with me, even if it’s as a precaution in case I need to get lost somewhere else! Where you grew up sounds lovely, and I can definitely relate. We were always outdoor-sy kids, but I always also had my head in a book.

    I can’t remember the first book I ever read by myself, but I can always remember the joy that being able to lose myself in a book brought me (and still does, of course). 🙂

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    • Amber

      I think that the love of reading is definitely fostered at a young age, long before there are tedious school reading assignments. Finding reading as a pleasure while children, like you’ve mentioned, makes it enjoyable as an adult! I always have to have something with me too – and goodness knows, I always end up reading, even it’s just in a queue!

  3. That’s so sweet how you kinda humor your dad when he tells you his memories of reading to you lol. I’m basically the same way. I feel like with me being a reader, I should remember the first book I’ve ever read by myself. However, I don’t remember specifically the first book I’ve ever read on my own, without my parents reading to me. I do remember reading many book series like Baby-Sitters Club, Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, Animorphs, and the first Harry Potter book, as a child, and those books fueled me to read more on my own.

    • Amber

      I definitely read The Babysitter’s Club and Animorphs. The Saddle Club, too (I was obsessed with horses as a kid, even though I am allergic). I think it’s sort of fair that we don’t remember, because we were so young and didn’t realize it was going to be significant XD.

      • Danielle

        The Saddle Club OMGG!! I didn’t know they were books but I watched the show on Discovery Kids when I was younger at my grandparents’ house, up until they changed the cast lol. But yeah, we don’t notice those big moments until they become big moments. 🙂