“The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.” — Anthony Trollope
“If you can read this, thank a teacher.” — Anonymous teacher
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss
“Children are made readers on the laps on their parents.” — Emile Buchwald
One of my favorite things to do is sit and read a good book. How about you?
A comfy chair or couch, or the beach, a good drink (depending on the temperature and weather, it could be a cold glass of water or hot cocoa), and a real book. Ah bliss. I like hard or soft bound books and ones with interesting art on the cover and a great story inside. I still haven’t converted over the E-Books — at least not yet.
I enjoy being transported into another place and watching the characters deal with issues or learn something new about themselves. Some of my favorite authors are Carol Higgins Clark, Danielle Steel, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Wendy Corsi Staub, Jane Green, and Nora Roberts. And, I have recently discovered Karen McQuestion and Jane Porter.
When I was younger, I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” series as well as “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis, and “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett was another childhood favorite.
I also enjoy biographies of people such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Amy Grant, Julie Andrews, Susan Boyle, Ricky Martin, and Dean Martin as well as many, many other fascinating people. And the story of Anne Frank is truly sad and moving. Finding out what makes people tick and their life history is truly fascinating to me.
I also enjoy reading my soap magazine to find out about the actors who tell the stories that I so enjoy. And, it’s been fun that I have met a few of them through the years. As you see, I have a wide variety of tastes.
And, now having a 4-year-old soon-to-be reader, I have enjoyed seeing his love for books! He too enjoys pouring over a book and studying all about them. And, once he hears a story read to him, he can then read it back to himself.
One of our favorites is Richard Scarry. Ian can spend hours as I used to do looking at all of the animals on the page, the cool cars, and fascinating stories and characters. And, he has recently discovered Dr. Seuss! He loves “The Foot Book,” “The Sleep Book,” and “Yertle the Turtle” among many, many titles. I think that these two are the best children’s authors.
Each month of his life, Ian has been getting a book as part of the Imagination Library. God bless Dolly Parton for sharing the love of reading with so many people in Tennessee and other states! Ian has looked forward to these books each month and we now have quite a collection. His last book will be the month he turns 5 years old. That will be sad but maybe Kirk and I can start our own collection for him. Kirk too loves to read.
And, each month in the mail, Ian gets his High Five magazine which he really likes. It is neat for him to be excited about a magazine and all of the great stories inside and funny things to look at! Thanks to my parents for the subscription.
Each week we like to go to our city library. Ian will often ask to go since he enjoys playing there with toys and puzzles, renting movies, as well as checking out a pile of books. Right now we have three videos and 20 books checked out. Among these are “Harry, the Dirty Dog,” “The Sneetches and other stories,” The Caboose Who Got Loose,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” and a few for me as well.
This summer our library will have its yearly reading program. We signed up Ian a few years ago and read many, many books to him. He loved it and the summer ended with a great party in the park behind the library. A fun time, that’s for sure.
I have several friends who have published books. It is an honor to know people who have been published since I know the hard work involved. I hope to join this club one day! In addition to my love of reading, I hope to be an author. I really want to write a children’s book as well as a novel. I am currently working on ideas and look forward to seeing what develops.
What books do you like? What authors can you lose time with while being transported to another place and time? Please share these with me and our other readers!