I was not alone in my love for reading. My mom and dad both fostered in me an appreciation for words and stories that is still ingrained in my today. Every night, for years, my mom would cozy up next to me in my little twin bed before I was swept away by magical dreams and read to me. And one thing I'm grateful for is that she did not stop when I was able to read on my own. She kept on and the book selections grew to more insightful and difficult chapter books, but we shared this time, together, allowing the story to create a bond between us that only we had. It was such a special time and to this day, reading with children tops the list of my favorite things to do.
It shouldn't come as a surprise, I suppose, that this love for literature and the written word, shaped my college experience. I was an English major. Not so amazing if you do not want to teach or allow it to position you well for a career in law, business, marketing or journalism. But to me, sentence structure, the etymology of words, the creation of an idea, the ability to speak through writing took over my heart and then and there I decided on English.
There's the history...let's move forward to the present time. You will never walk in our house without seeing stacks of books lingering about. In fact, the hubby often wonders at this love for reading. Here are the books that I am in the midst of right now. Right now I am enjoying being able to hop back and forth between books, some I'm almost finished with and others I'm just starting. I think it will be enjoyable to give you a review on finds I find noteworthy and give you updates regarding which books are on the bookshelf. Plus I would love to hear what you are all paging through...I always need new ideas!
Spoken From the Heart by Laura Bush
Helper by Design by Elyse Fitzpatrick
My Life in France by Julia Child
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (one of my favorite children's books)
On my nook (the top book in the photo)
A Praying Life by Paul Miller
What's on your bookshelf? Have a favorite read from 2010?