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!