This week I wanted to talk a bit about nostalgia reading. I've noticed that a lot of books have a special place because I read them as a kid or a teen- and I know a lot of people can probably relate to this. Books are so important during our formative years, as we're finding out who we are- and the fascinating thing is I think books help shape us in many ways. I think it's great we have so many choices because kids and teens are not only reading for entertainment, they are shaping their worldview, their sense of self. But for this discussion I want to focus on the nostalgia element.
I've mentioned before that some of the books from my childhood don't hold up so well when I re- read them as an adult. Again I think lots of us can relate to that. I've come to realize that it's okay if that happens- they don't have to hold up. It's enough that they were there, at that time- and for the role they played in shaping who I am. Many book lovers are introverts and draw energy from time alone and perhaps often from books. So again I think this is a way that books can affect who we are.
I've noticed too that I re- read a lot of books when I was in school or college. I guess as a blogger there are so many new releases to read and review but back then I wasn't constantly grabbing new releases. And I certainly wasn't privy to what was coming out months in advance. I wouldn't trade now for then, but at the same time there is a certain wistfulness when I think back to those more relaxed ways. Does anyone else feel this way?
So how about you? Do you read for nostalgia, or miss certain books from your childhood? What are your favorites?