J.D., Julia and Amelia are the loves of my life. But my first true love? Books! It all started with the Wilton Cake Decorating Book around age 2. I would sit in one of our kitchen drawers (the one closest to the floor, which is the only one I could reach) and make up words to go with the pictures. Eventually, I learned to read and from that point on, there was no stopping me.
Most parents struggle to get their kids to open a book. I don't think my parents ever had this problem. In fact, I sometimes got in trouble for reading too much (in elementary school I discovered the temperature gauge for my electric blanket made a fabulous nightlight which enabled me to stay up to the wee hours reading..of course, I would be a total bear the following day being overtired). In the early years, I loved the adventures of The Berenstain Bears (The Spooky Old Tree is my fave), Harriett the Spy, The Babysitters Club and a great tale of pigs 'Oink and Pearl' (I wanted to name our family dog Pearl after the character..I was outvoted though and she became Kelly). For as long as I can remember, regardless of how busy I was (with school, work, or just life in general) I've always managed to carve out some time for books.
While I read mostly fiction, I will delve into anything that I find interesting. I love books that make me cry (The Notebook, The Dive Off Clausen's Pier, The Bridges of Madison County), books that make me laugh (the Amelia Peabody mysteries, British chick-lit), books that make me think about them long after I've finished them (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Blind Assassin, Never Let Me Go) and books that transport me into a different world (Harry Potter series, The Glass Castle, Twilight series, most mysteries). There really is no limit to all the different types of books I love: mysteries, trashy romance novels, literature, history..they all give me a fix.
I've been pondering a 'book blog' for awhile and while I will mostly review books, I hope it inspires some of you to dedicate more time to reading. Even if you can only squeeze in a chapter a night, it is better than nothing! Or for those of you who hate reading or only read magazines..maybe you'll find that you love books after all (I'm just trying to spread the book love around!!). And for fellow book lovers like me, please email me book suggestions, I love suggestions.
One of my favorite quotes of all time:
"A book is a present you can open again and again."