Sunday, November 13, 2011

Father's Day - How my dad influenced my reading

Happy Sunday, everybody!

Today is Father's Day in Estonia and today I would love to write a post about my dad and how he has influenced my reading habits.

Dad, I know that you probably do not read this, but - I love you! :)
My dad knows that I have a book blog and he has been very supportive about that.

My dad was born in 1941 and when he was a young man, he went to marine school and after finishing it, he was in navy for 4 years. After that he has literally sailing the 7 seas and more. He has been on the sea for 55 years which is quite impressive in my opinion. At the moment he is working on a pilot ship and is helping the "bigger colleagues" (ships) in and out of the harbor.

I have understood from my dad, that he has always loved to read. When me and my sister were born, then we were already surrounded by books in our home - there were so many book shelves with the choice of many different genres. It was my mom who bought the books and my dad who read them. Of course, my mom has also been an avid reader, but my dad definitely overdid her in that. My mom was the one who always read to me and my sis when we were kids and dad read his books himself.

Dad mostly likes to read historical and autobiographical books, especially everything what has to do with politics and wars. I have seen him reading suspense books and also sci-fi books now and then, but usually he stays true to two of his favorite genres.

He has brought me to classics, historical and political books and surprise, surprise to poetry! I do not know many men who enjoy poetry, but my dad definitely does! We have had so many talks and discussions about different world authors and books and I have always enjoyed it. And he keeps surprising me about his knowledge about poetry. He has also valued Estonian literature and thanks to him I have read many books written by Estonian authors, Estonian classics.

I am so grateful for him for always supporting my reading. He has recommended many books to me, especially when I was a teenager. Thanks to him I have found my way through many classics and poetry books and I really appreciate it, he has helped me to expand my horizon and my choice of books.

Thank you for that, dad! Love you!

Happy reading!


  1. lovely story..thanks for sharing and a warm Happy Father's Day to your Dad.
    The gift of books and the passion for reading is one of the most precious gifts we can give our children.

  2. That was enjoyable to read of your dad's influence on your reading habits and instilling a love for reading in you.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sam, thank you!
    Kim, I agree with you. I am trying to "infect" my son as well with books.
    Sophia, thank you.
    anu, aitäh!