Do you ever look back on your childhood of reading and regret things? I do. I am often told how I threw a book through the room when my mother was teaching me how to read. Poor book. I think I remember that too. And there were a lot of children’s books I come across now that I would have liked to have read back then (and they were out then). But I think my biggest regret is not remembering all those books I read. Especially those from the library.
I read so much back then. And I reread a lot too. But for the life of me I cannot remember all those books. Sometimes I see a Dutch childrens book and it looks familiar but I am not sure if I have read it or not. I read a lot back then and as a child I suppose you don’t easily hold on to those memories as you grow older. Especially not when you don’t read nearly as much during high school as was the case with me.
The last few months I have been thinking about that a lot. I would like Merijn to be able to remember all the books he has read. So I had the random idea to create a Goodreads for Merijn. Don’t worry, I did not. Next to not wanting to create a profile for him without his consent for social media, I also don’t think most Dutch books would be on there. Not the picture books and such in any case. But that brought me to another idea. I will keep a reading journal for him. Mostly this will just be the books we read throughout the years. I know I was never good at keeping up with my own list. But isn’t it more fun to do it for another person? Especially when this person is your son. I found a Jip en Janneke notebook in my stack of notebooks and knew immediately I would be putting the reading journal in that one. Jip and Janneke are two characters from various childrens stories by Annie M.G. Schmidt of which we also have a huge bind-up.
I want to give him fond reading memories. I know a lot of people don’t always have those and/or find reading a struggle during school time. I’ve said this before, he doesn’t have to become a reader like me. I just want him to remember reading fondly. And so far he seems to like books, even if it is just to play with them (which I think is a great way to introduce books at this age).
What are some of your biggest reading regrets and fondest reading memories from your childhood? Do you remember most of the books you read during your childhood?