Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Love Affair with Books

This is my Dream House...

I worked at the book fair at Justin's school yesterday and today. I love being around books and it is so fun to see how excited the kids are when they get to pick out the books they want.

I come from a family of readers both my parents, all of my grandparents and as far as I know all my Aunts and Uncles are readers. We will read anything if I am sitting at the table by myself and don't have a book I will read the back of the cereal box even if I have read it a hundred times before. I read before I go to sleep at night even if it is just a page or two.

When I was little my dad would read to me. I have very clear memories of him reading " The Wind in the Willows" to me. He would come home from work or school take a shower and then I would sit in his lap and read. I hope that my children have fond memories of Drew and I reading to them.

I use to love when we would get the scholastic book order forms. I would sit for hours picking just the right books. We never had a lot of money but we always seemed to have money for books. I honestly don't remember my parents ever telling me no when I wanted to buy books. I have a hard time telling my kids no. In "my world" you can never have to many books.

Trips to the library are another fond childhood memory. When we lived in Columbia SC we use to go to a small branch. I read so many books that the librarian would often help me find books in the adult section that were OK for me to read. I read well above my grade level. This is where I first discovered the book "Mrs.Mike" one of my all time favorites.

I usually read at least 2 books a week and depending on what I am reading and what is going on in my life sometimes I am reading two books at the same time. When I was in high school I would have a book at school, a book in my room and a book in the bathroom. Somehow I could keep all the plots straight and enjoy them all. I was also known to read and watch TV at the same time which drove my grandmother crazy. I still do this sometimes but not as often as I did when I was young.

One of my dreams in life is to own a library. I volunteer at the media centers at both the elementary and middle schools. I enjoy working with the kids and with the media center specialist. I have become friends with them and we always have a good time together.

I read all kinds of books, Mysteries are my favorite but I will read just about anything. I still enjoy reading children's books. I recently bought a book called " The White Giraffe" at the middle school book fair. It is a very sweet story about a girls whose parents die ( you find that out in the first page so I haven't ruined anything I promise) and she goes to live in Africa with her grandmother.

Another of my all time favorites that I read again and again is " The Hiding Place" I would have loved to meet these two ladies. If you haven't read their story please do no mater what your beliefs it will change how you look at life. At lease it did and still does for me.

I am so thankful that my parents were able to teach me to love to read. It is a connection to them that I will always have with me. I hope that I have passed that same love to Chase and Justin and that they in return will pass it on to their children.

What are some of your favorite books? I would love to hear from you I am always looking for the next great read.

You would think that I would be a better writer with all the books I read. Oh well I try.


John Powers said...

You write well Amanda. Writing including hyperlinks is a different sort of writing.

I can't remember the last time I bought a book, it's been a while. But recently have been re-reading some books on my shelf and really enjoying that.

I do use the online databases for books a lot, sites like Amazon. I also like AbeBooks very much. That's advanced book exchange and it's a way to shop at independent booksellers all over. Sometimes I'm amazed that the used books I want cost so much and other times so little.

I think parent and children benefit from picture books. Some of the stories are incredibly moving and the art fantastic. And one area that experienced parents can help new parents is in introducing picture books to them. You know I think it means a lot for a young father to hear another man say: "One of my favorite books to read to my children was..."

Lots of people are scared to death of books and reading. A little encouragement can go a long way.

Benson Fam said...

I LOVED getting the scholastic catalog and picking out my books. I would circle in red marker if I REALLY wanted it, and black marker if I just sort of wanted it. In my home growing up we were all about the books too, my current obsession is childrens books. I like juvenile fiction- Robin McKinely was a favorite author. She wrote 'The Blue Sword' and Hero and the Crown. And I loved the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce. I also love ALL Sandra Boynton board books. As far as big people books, I'll have to think about it:).

Benson Fam said...

My Daddy read to us growing up too, thanks for the reminder. I can't wait until Carter is old enough to read some of my classic favorites like the Narnia series!

nikkicrumpet said...

I know exactly how you feel...even the smell of a new book makes me smile. I also read several at a time. And generally 3 or more a week. Barnes & Noble LOVE ME. My problem is I can never give them away or get rid of them. I lend them out...but I have to keep them...there are so many we are running out of places to put them! I'd love to have the library you pictured...that would do the trick!

Jessie said...

Okay that picture of that home library is a dream come true to me!! Oh, I would love to have that in my house one day :)

I think that it is so neat to hear how much you do with media centers at schools.
I agree with you and I hope to one day pass along the love of reading to my children. So, far Davis loves books but then again he is only 2! I try to make it a point to read to him everyday...some days I am better at this then others!

Nick and I are both readers, even though we like different types of books. Nick is more into historical books and I am more of a mystery type of girl!!
Have you read Thirteenth Tale? It is one of the best books I have read this year!

I maybe cheap when it comes to buying things but books I will always find the money to buy them!

also known as shell said...

I love Mrs. Mike! Its one of my favorites!

I also love the Hiding Place I think I read that when I was around 12/13

I love to read as well but I feel like I never have the time anymore. which sucks because I think the only reason why I have half a brain is because I use to read so much. now its slowly melting away.

Tiffany said...

When I was younger, "Charlotte's Web", anything Nancy Drew or Little House.

Now, "The Red Tent." , "One Thousand White Women", "Twilight" (series) and "Hunger Games"

Lynette said...

Good morning SITS-er. Books oh what friends they are. Where would we be if the trips they take us on was unavailable. Growing up my favorite book was Johnny Texas. Now, hummm, the one I am reading til I start the next one.