Here's something you may not know about me. I didn't learn how to read until I was 7 years old. My mom would get so frustrated with me because I wasn't learning! Then one day I picked up a book. It might have been a Dr. Seuss one...I can't remember for sure.
After that I was a reading machine! Anne of Green Gables was one of the first novels I read other than kid books like Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, The Berenstain Bears, etc. I had already watched the movie, now it was time to read the book! I read all 8 books in that series. I laughed and cried right along Anne. I felt like I was right there beside her through everything she went through --- good and bad.
I then started reading more. I love reading classics like To Kill a Mockingbird (my favorite!), A Christmas Carol, Little Women, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, etc. I have read 90% of Janette Oke, I love Gilbert Morris, and other books like Redeeming Love. I just love to read!
You know how every kid has a time in their life when they think about running away? Well, when I would think about running away I would always imagine living in a library.
I am so thankful I married someone who loves to read just as much as I do. Paul has been blowing through books lately. He has read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Great Expectations, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Invisible Man.. just to name a few.
Paul read The Picture of Dorian Gray right before Titus was born. After he was born and everyone had left and it was just Paul and I, he told me all about it. I was exhausted but couldn't help but listen to him tell me his thoughts about the book. Then he said to me, "This is why we're best friends. We can talk about books and neither one of us gets bored." He is so right!
I hope Zoe, Max, and Titus have the same passion for reading that their parents have!
Last week I found myself in Salvation Army with my mother in law. I almost immediately went to the back wall where they keep the books. This time I had my kids in mind. I came out of there with 10 books. Some of them were books that my brothers and sisters and I read when we were little. I brought them home and Zoe and Max climbed into my lap and we read them over, and over, and over and... It made me so happy!
It is a lot harder for me to read since I am so busy taking care of the kids all day. It seems like when the kids are in bed and I pick up a book, I barely get through the first chapter before I realize I have fallen asleep! But at least I can read to my children. That gives me so much joy!
When was the last time you read a book? If you're reading one right now, what is it?