So, I got tagged by Lisa from Books on the Brain for this great meme, and I’m opening the tag to anyone else who might be interested. Drop me a comment and let me know if you picked up the tag so I can read your comments!
Reading Trouble Meme
1. Have you ever gotten into trouble for reading?
2. Has reading ever SAVED you from getting into trouble?
3. What was the first book you read that you KNEW you would get into trouble reading if caught?
#1 – Well, in 3rd grade I sort of got into trouble for reading. Third grade is when you learn about doing book reports, so we were escorted to the library and given one shelf – ONE shelf – to choose a book from. My scanning of the shelf went something like “Read it. Read it. Read it. Ew, boy book. Read it.” Subsequently, I went home and wrote my own book, then wrote a book report on that book. It was (wishfully) entitled “A Pony of My Own” and was all about what a great pony caregiver a nine-year-old girl can be! Naturally, my wonderful teacher (Mrs. Saenz, now named Mrs. Lohnes), busted me for a bit of cheating. However, she was the first person to suggest that I might be a writer when I grew up, for which I thank her to this day.
#2 – Yes, one time reading really did keep me from getting into trouble. I was dating a boy that my parents really, really disliked. I was a senior in high school, and I told my folks I was going to the library to get a book. Naturally they assumed I was going to meet the boyfriend. When I had been gone for almost three hours, my dad came looking for me. He was convinced that I had met up with the boyfriend and that the only reading I was doing was by the light of the dashboard. My, was he surprised to find me at the far end of Whitmore Library thoroughly engrossed in Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” as the library was shutting off lights all around me. He apologized later.
#3 When I was in high school, my mother belonged to one of those “book of the month” clubs. Typically she would send back most of the selections, but occasionally she would forget and there would be some oddball novel lying around. Out of boredom, I picked up one of these strays to read. It was called “Aztec” and had a picture of an Aztec pyramid on the cover. I was a sophomore in high school, and I knew that if my mother was aware of the sex scenes in this book, I would come home from school one day and the book would have disappeared! The story wasn’t very interesting, and I was a bit disturbed a few years later to see that the book had been made into a movie. I hid the book under my pillow and waited until late at night to read it! Very titillating stuff to me back then. I guess my parents must have found out about the book, though. Why else would my dad hunt me down at the library and think I was with my boyfriend?
Okay – now it’s your turn! Let me know when you’ve completed the meme so I can see your answers!