A while ago I posted on my Instagram, a post about one of my all-time favorite childhood series, the Mandie book series by Lois Gladys Leppard. I won’t go in depth of what the books are about because I plan on doing a review soon enough, but I’ll say that Mandie is a character I hold very dear to my heart and wish I could be best friends with her. (An introvert that wants MORE friends?!?…. wutttt?)
Anyways, I didn’t come here to talk specifically about the Mandie books but to tell you guys my bookish story with these books. ahem ready? Ok.
I always get this question, which books sparked your love for reading? I’d say that Mandie and the A life of Faith books by Martha Finley were the books that genuinely sparked my passion for reading. Living in Peru and getting Christian books or any English book at all is the most challenging thing ever!! Yes, EVER!!! The small selection of English books some small bookstores have is ridiculously expensive and not readily available. So, how could my love for books thrive in a country were access to Christian and clean books was almost nonexistent?
I am a living witness of what a little kindness can do. If I hadn’t had this friend a couple of years older than me lend me the Mandie books, I wouldn’t probably be writing this post right now. This friend had built her collection of English books with time and dedication, and she was willing to lend me them to read?! I was like, WHATTTT? Really? So that’s how all got started, a girl lending me books Sunday after Sunday without fail. That small gesture changed my life forever. And yeah, it may sound dramatic, but books for me are a real treasure. Period.
After that, when I finished reading all the books my friend had, I was so bummed because I couldn’t get my hands on more books. And then, something awesome happened. One of my dad’s friends that lives in the US had to travel to Peru frequently and he every time he came he brought with him three books for me to read! My mom was like, ”Breny slow down take your time and don’t rush”…I just couldn’t. I devoured them like a crazy person.
Then Amazon came to my life 😂.
Amazon wasn’t a thing for me until I was like 13 years old. My Grandma and Uncle live in the US, so I then started ordering books to their house like mad! Yes, I’m so embarrassed to say every time we travel to their house piles of Amazon boxes are sitting in their garage waiting for me to take them to my cozy bookshelves so they can reunite with their dozens of other brothers and sisters and live happily ever after! Grandma and Uncle Max, if you someday read this, please know I’m forever grateful and will bring with me a bunch of Peruvian chocolates next time I visit! I promise!
Well, that’s how I get my books now. And let me tell you, it’s tough to buy books and have to wait for months to read them. You may be thinking, why don’t you order them to your house? Simple answer. Shipping is ridiculously expensive!! and even if I ordered a book from Book Depository that has free international shipping, the postal service never guarantees you to get them (I learned that the hard way😒)! And IF you get them, they arrive like 1-3 months late! Ugh!! Yup. Still, I’m so grateful for my family and friends that are always trying to help me get books any way they can!
Well, that is my ”How it all began” story! If you would like to know more about me and get info on book reviews and basically all things bookish, subscribe to my blog to be part of the family!
”And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28