Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Friday, March 5, 2010

I Love Books!

Right now, I have five different books I am reading.  Most of them, I am about half way through and, for different reasons, have stopped.  These books are:

- Tom Clancy's Shadow Warriors, which chronicles the Army's Special Forces units.  My father-in-law, Dick, served in this unit for 15 years.  It is over my head in areas but still an interesting read.

- Mom's Trapped in the Minivan by Cynthia Sumner.  Dick and Daphne gave it to me for Christmas.  I was reading it while waiting in the carline and put it down when Hannah and I started reading the "Little House" books.

- Violet's Perplexing Puzzles  Book Five which is based on characters by Martha Finley.  She was a 19th century Christian writer who had millions of followers at the time.  I was also reading this one before the "Little House" series book marathon.  This is actually one of Hannah's books and thought it looked interesting.

- Laura Ingalls Wilders' These Happy Golden Years.  Actually, I haven't started reading this one yet.  Since Hannah is still reading The Long Winter, I decided to wait until she catches up.  She still has one more book to read, Little Town on the Prairie before she is caught up with me.

- Liz Curtis Higgs' newest book, Here Burns My Candle.  I am reading this one for an upcoming blog tour for Waterbrook Multnomah.  My review is to be posted between March 22 and 26, so I am trying to get it finished.  This book is another adaptation of the story of Ruth and Naomi and is set in 1745 in Scotland.

- Book number six isn't here yet.  I will be doing a review of Why You Say It by Webb Garrison.  According to the Thomas Nelson website, "Why You Say It explores the history of these and over six hundred other common and uncommon phrases in an intriguing and entertaining way. Have you ever wondered what rhubarb and angry mobs have in common, why we call them red-letter days, or what loaded for bear actually means? With delightful insight into how our language grows and changes, Why You Say It is intellectually stimulating and easy to read."  Since I love to learn little trivia things like this, I think this sounds really interesting.  The book should be here any day now.

I know...I need to sit down and finish the books I have already started before reading anymore.  You are right. I am just enjoying reading again.  When the kids were younger, I had a hard time concentrating and would fall asleep when I tried to read.  Now that they are older, I can actually undertand what it is I am reading and stay awake.  The blog tours I am doing are supplying an addiction I have to the written word.  (The best part is...they are free!!!)  For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed having a book in my hand and on my bookshelves. 

In the Eighth grade, I remember reading Gone With The Wind.  The book is 1,062 pages long and took me only eight days to read it.  Yes, EIGHT days.  I read it as soon as I got ready for school, any time I had a spare minute during school, at lunch, between classes, before homework was done, after homework was done, and late into the night.  I thought the book was so facinating but could have done without all the information about the Civil War battles. It was too confusing.  LOL

I am blessed to have children to love to read.  Hannah takes a book with her to school to read during free time.  She also likes to read before she goes to bed and, sometimes, in the morning after she is ready for school.  Will and Andrew both like to read, too.  Will likes to read short stories and books himself and to us.  Mike will read to Andrew before bedtime most nights.  Mike even likes to read.  Unfortunately, he has a hard time concentrating nowadays when he sits down. 

In my dream house, I would love to have a Library to put the books we all have into one place.  Right now, they are scattered all over the boys' room; Hannah's closet, shelving unit and her desk; under mine and Mike's bed, in a bookshelf by my closet, on shelves over Mike's dresser, on my nightstand, and on the chest by Mike's side of the bed; and in four bookshelves in the living room.  One day.... until then, I have to find somewhere to put them all.  Now that I think about it, there might be space in the bathrooms....

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