Yesterday, I was a my Mum's house sorting out her collection of books. What Mum wanted to do was figure out what she had and what she wanted to keep. So, I suggested we wrote out all the titles, sorted them in to fiction and non-fiction and then work on them from there. It took us around three or four hours to write down almost all the book titles. We found books from her past that Grandma had read her; and
eventually she herself had read to me. Then, I found one Mum had gotten from Sunday School called 'Ned The Lonely Donkey'. The book is still in fair condition. And it's a lovely story written for children around the ages of 7 - 10. However, it's a completely different kind of book you'd find for child of the same age for today. The pictures inside it are drawn and coloured in with an innocent story about Ned the Donkey. However, today, a lot of other little books that are aimed at children in the same age group have embossed pages, are full of wild adventures and brightly-coloured pages with a story to match.
So, how have the books from your parents' time changed compared to the books you used to read as a child? Mine were either hard cover or paperback. Sometimes - if I was lucky - I'd get a book with pictures of the movie that had just been made from it on the cover. For me, books were like oxygen - and they still are - as I love to read for pleasure now instead of escapism.Books changed the way people see the world. And when they were published years ago - even before the ISBN came into play - they were something to be kept and treasured in families. So, what has happened to your family's books? Do you still have them? Or have they been given to charity or other family members?