Monday, October 13, 2014

The Book that Started It All ~

      I was never a reader as a child. I should have been, but TV was a fairly new distraction and easy to use. Growing up I never read a novel. Once I was past 3rd grade I would read only when required by school, at least until I was in high school. In 9th grade everyone was talking about this book "Airport" and the movie made from it. I like the movie so I decided to read the book. I didn't like it and decided movies were better. My second foray into recreational reading was a BIG mistake. Yep, for some strange reason I decided, after seeing the movie "The Godfather", which I didn't really like or think merited the accolades it received, to read the book. Someone told me the book was better. They lied - UGH! I wanted to throw up in the first chapter, but for some unexplained reason I finished the book. 
       I loved to read about history, text books, encyclopedias, etc. but when it came to novels and stories I decided to play it safe on my next read and tried out an old classic, Tom Sawyer. I was on the bus headed to Utah and I did enjoy reading the story I had heard so much about. I also read Huckelberry Finn on that trip and loved it, but I was still just reading. When Darryl and I married we didn't have TV and staying at home alone I needed something to do, so I started reading the Children's Classics that we were given by his Mom.  - Fast forward a year. - I am going into labor with my first child. I am in the Labor room reading a book clearly marked "Children's Classics", Robin Hood. When Darryl came into the labor room I think he was a little embarrassed that the mother of his soon to be child was reading a children's book. A short time after Cali was born, Darryl suggested that I read a more grown up genre and handed me my first Zane Grey Book. 

Shadow on the Trail
by Zane Grey

      What can I say about the first book that made me forget I was reading and made me think I was actually there! I found myself holding my breath as Wade hid from the posse, and my rapid heartbeat attested to my fear that he would miss his narrow escape in the tent of the wagon train. This was the first book that I couldn't put down and I stayed up way to late reading. 
       I decided to read this book because the beginning of the story takes place in North Central Texas and was based on the real life outlaw Sam Bass. (Harold Tomlin had some great stories about Sam Bass) Because of this book I fell in love with westerns and reading and a whole new world opened up to me. If you are looking for a quick, easy read, be sure to try this one out. You won't regret it.