All over Facebook I keep seeing these ‘7 things you didn’t know about me’ posts so I thought I’d have a go on my own. Of course I had to put a bookish twist on things, being Reading Addicts Kath! It’s just a bit of fun but I hope you’ll enjoy finding out a little about me, the face behind the brand. Feel free to add your own bookish facts in the comments!
Fact 1 – I was never taught to read
When I was a child I didn’t like staying still much, but I loved sitting on my granddad’s knee where he used to put me and read the paper aloud. At 2 years and 8 months it became clear that I could read words too.
Fact 2 – My journey into real literature started late
Despite learning to read young, I didn’t come from a background where proper literature was particularly revered, so I didn’t really get introduced to the classics as a child. When I was 21 I told a boyfriend I’d never heard of Orwell, and after laughing at me he gave me a copy of Animal Farm on the start of a coach trip to Paris and I was hooked! This same boyfriend nicknamed me Squealer after the pig in Animal Farm because of my tendency to hop from foot to foot when I am excited about an idea.
Fact 3 – I used to skip school to read
I moved from a small village to a big city when I was 12 and I hated it. I hated my new school so much I went off the rails. Even today I’m sure my parents imagine that I was up to some terrible things, but most days I just sat in the park and read books.
Fact 4 – I woke up a bookseller once at midnight
My next door neighbour a few years ago used to own a book business, selling books to schools. Having her right next door I regularly used to ask her to order books for me. When Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released she let slip the day before the release that my copy had arrived, because it wasn’t released until the next day she wouldn’t hand it over. After spending the entire day grumpy because my book was so close and I couldn’t read it, I knocked her awake at midnight for my copy!
Fact 5 – I’m a book devourer
Finally with you Reading Addicts I’m in good company, and none of you will be surprised to know I can get through 4 or 5 books a week!
Fact 6 – I’ve hosted Reading Nights
We aren’t really television watchers, but we all love to read so we hold reading nights. We have friends over and pass the book between us, reading aloud. No one has to read longer than we want to, and even adult friends have told me they have become more confident readers.
Fact 7 – As a child I pretended to be book character.
Aw hell, I still do it! I never told anyone in my life this until yesterday and now I’m telling all of you! If I’m nervous or scared of a situation I choose a character from a book who would be good in my place and pretend to be them. I consider this to be my superpower.
I hope you enjoyed that, it was completely for fun, but we’d love to hear yours too!