Monday, March 16, 2009

I love/hate reading

I have always loved reading.  When I was in elementary school my grandma Cope had rows and rows of books in the shelves in her basement.  Whenever we'd visit her I would sit down there and just read as much as I could.  She had all the "good books": like every book in the Babysitter's Club Series and Sweet Valley High (the ones about the perfect sized 6 blond california twins, thanks for the memory jog Laura).  

It's funny how some things stay with you.  I always liked to read books about World War II as a kid (The Endless Steppe was fascinating to me).  I still love books about WWII.  One of my favorite series was the Lara Ingalls Wilder books (Little House on the Prairie).  When I went to college and would come home to visit I'd read those books to my little sisters...to make sure they wouldn't forget me, but also because I loved the stories so much I wanted to make sure they heard them too.

Anyway, to my present point.  I am not a real patient person and when I start a book, I can't really wait around to finish it.  The last several books I have read I cannot put down.  Every spare minute I get I read.  I almost brought my book to the dinner table tonight, but decided better of that one.  Luckily for me, the current book was completed at 11 PM, instead of 2 AM like the last one.  But I HATE this!  I had all this motivation and drive to clean up tonight, but I picked up the book instead.  And so now I'm done with the book (wahoo!), but my house is a wreck.  

Incidentily I just finished "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society."  I recommend it..."lovely" is the best word I can come up with to describe it.  It does take a minute to get used to the writing style, but it's worth it.  

In my ideal life I imagine sometimes my bedroom has a big oversized chair with a side table and a fireplace where I can cuddle up and read, while my slave force (children) are old enough to keep my house clean instead of mess it up :)  And they love reading too.  And I won't let it get on my nerves when THEY stay up until all hours of the night to see what happens to Narnia or Harry Potter....

7 comments:

Lara said...

Ah, a kindred spirit? (Can you tell I'm reading Anne of Green Gables right now?)

Sweet Valley High was a guilty pleasure, but I adored Nancy Drew most. And Little House. My mom just sent Bria all my old Little House books and she's enjoying them. Bria is just like I was. I hope Chloe will be, too, but I think she will now that I see her discovering the world of reading on her own.

I'm debating whether or not to read a few chapters now that it's so late...but my laundry is totally finished, so I deserve it! Right?

Kate said...

I have the same problem. I love to read but when I start I just can't put the book down. There are so many good books out there.

Audrey said...

I hope I can get that read before the first, but I doubt it will happen. I put it on hold at the library and I am #7 on the list waiting for it...
I usually have a really hard time putting down a good book until I'm done too, which is why I have to keep myself from picking them up in the first place while I'm in classes. This summer I'll read all I can get my hands on! :)

Frances said...

I totally remember all of Grandma Cope's books! There were always so many it was hard to choose.

Anna said...

Hey- me too! I love every single book about Anne or Laura I've ever found. And once I start, I don't stop. My house still hasn't recovered from last book group :S

Andrea said...

I'm definitely with you. I just started reading a book I found on my shelf (not sure where it came from) called Crocodile on the Sandbar by Elizabeth Peters. I really like it. A little different style (is it called an aside when the narrator "speaks" to the reader? Anyway, whatever that's called, it's in here, and I like it.).

I was a HUGE Baby-Sitters Club fan. I just acquired all of my old books from my parents' house. I hope Zoie likes to read too.

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