August 14, 2006

i heart books!

I used to want to be a librarian. Mainly because I think I thought you got to actually live in the library if you were the librarian.

My mom used to tutor kids during the summer at the library, and my brother & I would hang out there all day... it still feels like home to me. I love the quiet, the old book smells and the new book smells, and the plethora of knowledge and make-believe.

I used to get lost in Nancy Drew novels and guilty pleasures like the Sweet Valley High books when I was in 6th grade. I remember the first time I read The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe and being lost inside that book. And I'll never forget my first reading of Jane Eyre-during winter break, with the snow falling outside, as a young girl; lengthy as that book is, I didn't want it to end.

1. Book that changed your life: Evidence of Harm by David Kirby & What the Bible Says About Healthy Living . (And of course a book that continues to change my life is the Bible- in many versions!)

2. Book that you've read more than once: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- I love to revisit this one every 5 years or so! Same with Pride & Prejudice, but give me the A & E mini-series anyday!!!

3. Book you'd want on a desert island: Maybe the complete novels of Jane Austen would be nice, as well as The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
, and definitely William Shakespeare’s Complete Works. And then of course a book about how to live on a desert island (or get off of one) would be nice!

4. Book that made you laugh: The Ashley Stockingdale series by Kristin Billerbeck- especially What A Girl Wants.

5. Book that made you cry: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

6. Book that you wish had been written: Hmmm- I can't come up with a good one for this, and maybe someday I will just write the book I think should be written!

7. Book you don't enjoy: I really can’t get into the Left Behind Series. The style of writing is just not me- maybe it’s too science-fiction-y for me? I also can NOT stand books with spelling errors. It makes my skin crawl.

8. Book you are currently reading: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

9. Book you've been meaning to read: About A Boy (one of my favorite movies- I bet the book is even better. )

10. Book you remember as a real page-turner: The Nanny Diaries and Maeve Binchy's Circle Of Friends (I read this without ever seeing the movie- this is one where you MUST read the book!!)

11. Non-fiction books that you have enjoyed: Ruth Bell Graham's beautiful writings about motherhood, life, and her children.

12. Children's books your family has loved: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends, and our all-time favorite read is Mouse Moves House by Usborne Books.

To see what others are reading, check out this post from Rocks In My Dryer, and let me know your book indulgences in your comments below!


  1. ok - we think alike!! I am with you on so many of those - even the SVH as 6th grader!! And Jane Eyre is to this day one of my favorite -if not the fav - books of all time. It is brilliant.

  2. oh - except my happy place was a bookstore not a library. i always wanted to work at our local Christian bookstore. (My parents were in ministry and we spent a lot of time there. And my Dad - a theologian - owned literally thousands of books, many old books he bought second hand. When he died my mom doanted thousands of books to the seminary here.) but buying books is too expensive - so i rarely let myslef go too often now. I need to use the library more. I am trying. But then I get late fees!!

  3. i really wonder how many there were...i imagine she donated at least hundreds and we still have hundreds. But not nearly enough - i love being surrounded by full bookshelves!!

  4. Great list! You should make this double-duty and submit it to problogger's list project as well -

    Have a great day!

  5. Oh this is great! I luuuuuv reading! With trying to get settled I haven't picked up a book in weeks. When I was young, it was the Trixie Belden series & the Hardy Boys, too. Now, I'm bouncing all over as to the style of books I read, but mostly novels. Susie (susiepie) wrote awhile back about Eat Cake, so I jumped on it & its been such a love of mine, I've bought multiple copis to hand out.

  6. I've never read Jane Eyre!!! I need to go to the library today and get it!! I've decided, it's time....I've heard about it over the years, how great it is, now I must finally remember to go get it!!!

  7. I have started Jane Eyre a thousand times and never finished it. I love your list. It was beautiful. Books really are the staff of life.

  8. This post reminded me of some of my favorites and gave me some ideas for things to try. Books are...the best. I know, really literary comment there.

    Thanks so much for your comment about Sam's sleep. It's so nice to have your support - means a lot to me.

  9. I LOVE THE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE MINISERIES!!! I have it listed as one of my favorite movies. Except I think I listed it as BBC. Wasn't it BBC? Who knows. Mr. Darcy!!! *swoon*

    I looove books. I want to read 52 this year. Unfortuantely this week was really busy and I didn't get to read anything, but over the next month and a half I need to read four books for my doula workshop! I have a feeling it will fly by. I've read a lot of the same books as you. I have my library up at

  10. Ahhh yes!! Books are my favorite!! What a wonderful list you have. I enjoy reading soo much, I wish I had more time to do so:)

  11. I think I will have to check some of those out. How did your parents foster the love of books? My daughter is in 3rd grade and reads on a 7th grade level... but she doesn't enjoy it. I layed off this summer but I want her to love reading books like I do. I will start a book and not put it down until I am done... so, what made you love it soooo much?

  12. I suddenly feel like I should read more! ;o) Great list! For years, I worked too much to read for enjoyment, but I always thought, "Once I have kids, I'll have so much time on my hands, I will be able to read as much as I want." HA! What in the world was I thinking????!!! Luckily, my mom's house is practically a library, so I visit there often. Now I just have actually sit down and read.

    BTW, spelling and grammar errors are totally my pet peeves! It ruins an entire book for me!

  13. Ok, I am feeling like a big, non-book reading slug!! I've seen the following MOVIES that started as books on your list:

    About A Boy (all time favorite movie)
    Circle of Friends
    Jane Eyre
    Pride and Prejudice (A&E series rocks!)

    Maybe I need to visit my local library??? On the other hand, I wouldn't stay awake long to finish chapter one!!!!

  14. I love books too! I think I'm in the middle of reading 3 right now!

  15. Hi, Stephanie! Good to be here again. I love books too. I just read the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini about two months ago. It was incredible. I'm currently reading Bride Stripped Bare, but haven't finished it since I've read it a month ago. LOL. Got so sleepy lately.

    By the way, thanks a lot for your story in my blog entry about Ultrasound Might Affect Baby's Brain Development".

    Have a nice day, dear... Kisses to Grayson :).


  16. Have you read the Red Tent? I just finished Lizzies War and that was great. I never got into the LB Series as well. Don't think they were written that well. I like depth, illustration for the mind, etc and they didn't have it for me! Life of Pi was also a really interesting read.
    I'm starting Heaven's Lake and it sounds good. Will let you know!

  17. Memory lane for a sec - how about Judy Blume?!?!?

  18. Hey - a little secret - I am a librarian and sometimes you DO feel like you sleep there!! :) I do love the books and the atmosphere - it's quiet - that's rare at home!!!


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