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The best way to get kids to read a book is to say: ‘This book is not appropriate for your age, and it has all sorts of horrible things in it like sex and death and some really big and complicated ideas, and you’re better off not touching it until you’re all grown up. I’m going to put it on this shelf and leave the room for a while. Don’t open it”.

Philip Pullman

Fact: My Grandpa left behind a shit-ton of books when he passed away. They were on shelves in the basement at my Grandma’s house. I asked if I could look for something to read, and my mom said they were probably all “too old” for me. I think she was talking about The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Rebecca, The Sun Also Rises, etc. Then she said, “And some of them are just trashy pulp novels.”

That last bit would not stop rolling around in my brain.

"…trashy pulp novels."

"…trashy pulp novels."

"…trashy pulp novels."

I had no idea what that meant, but I really wanted to find out.

And just like that, I knew what I was going to do that day.


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  1. wehavedonetheimpossible reblogged this from katiacambia
  2. cattyfantastic reblogged this from monkeyfrog and added:
    I used to host Story Time for my friends after school wherein I’d read the juicy bits from my mom’s Erica Jong and...
  3. prawnsofthetiger reblogged this from beefranck and added:
    The books I have the most trouble with are the ones that I had to read because someone told me I should. The ones I...
  4. thebarmaiden said: I think this is why I read so many books when I was a kid. Especially the Chronicles of Narnia, which caused a phone call to my parents from the librarian. You better believe I read those books after that happened!
  5. impulsivefarmer reblogged this from katiacambia and added:
    My parents probably owned 5 books between them. I could go to the book store and pick out what ever I wanted, they...
  6. smartgrrrl reblogged this from beefranck and added:
    … and that’s how I discovered Judith Krantz’s Scruples at the age of nine. No idea what it was doing on the shelf; it...
  7. katiacambia reblogged this from monkeyfrog and added:
    I keep seeing this post with everyone’s stories about how they accessed forbidden books as kids….. I just walked over to...
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