I love to visit bookstores, to be exact, the foreign language section of a bookstore or a foreign language bookstore. Even to this day, I still keep this hobby.
1.In my memory, the first time I went to the bookstore was in 1985 when I took the technical secondary examination in Taian City. My brother took me to Taian Foreign Language Bookstore, where I bought a grammar book-New English Grammar (edited by Zhang Zhenbang) published by Shanghai Translation Publishing House in 1981, which was priced at 1.4 yuan. At that time, I knew little about Zhang Zhenbang, and the book was not fancy, but the grammar was explained in detail. Today I sometimes consult it.
I have had the book for more than 30 years, and it has benefited me a lot. I'm afraid this book would cost at least 30 times more than it did 30 years ago.
2.After entering a secondary school in Weifang City I often went to the foreign bookstore on Dongfeng Street in Weicheng District on weekends, which was closer to the school. It was in this bookstore that I got to know the English World magazine, attracting me to really step into the English world. I bought a lot of them, almost one copy for each issue. Although I didn't understand completely at that time, it brought me into the English world.
During the four years of attending the secondary technical school, I visited this bookstore whenever I had time. It already became a habit.
3.After graduation, I went back to my native place of Tai'an. The original foreign language bookstore was no more there but a foreign language section in Xinhua bookstore. I'd been there a few times, only to find all the textbooks on CET-4 and CET-6, all kinds of books on post-graduate English, etc. Later I hardly went there without the translation books I needed.
One day I came across an foreign language bookstore nearby Shandong Agricultural University where I found a lot of my favorite English books there: on translation, self-examination, and so on. I first got the English newspaper, CHINA DAILY, about 2 yuan a piece at that time.
The book World Heritages in China was bought from a second-hand bookstall, the translation of which, I thought, was authentic and helpful to my own translation.
4.Thanks to easy access to Internet, I also learned from my colleagues to buy books online, mainly on Amazon. I just felt the magic power of the network.
No drinking, no smoking, but no money saved, which I have spent on books.
From the earliest bookshops, bookstalls, to today's online bookstores, from physical to virtual, society has undergone tremendous changes, but also changed our lives. But one thing is changeless, that is, the importance and power of knowledge.
有一天，我无意在山东农业大学对过发现有一家卓越书店。 我在那里发现了好多我喜欢的英文书：翻译方面的，自考方面的，也是在那里，我第一次接触到了CHINA DAILY这张英文报，那时大约2元钱一份。