I haven’t read the list of books I posted for the Spring Reading Challenge
The truth is …
I really, really liked the cute little badge with the bright and cheery flowers and I wanted it – so I just posted the books that I had from the library – and they weren’t the best choices – or the most thoughtful – or actually worth reading.
I have such peculiar tastes in books – especially as a child. I would not read
- boy books (so Farmer Boy was out even though I read all the other Wilder books numerous times)
- horse books (even though I was absolutely crazy about real horses and hung around our neighbour’s stables every single day)
- mystery books ( I didn’t like them – I never read them but I knew definitively that I didn’t like them)
- animal books (go figure… I adored animals and would go around giving funerals for dead birds, bringing home kittens and puppies – my mom made me take them back since we already had a cat and dog – also pet fish and turtles who ended up like Tonia’s unhappy fish)
- non-fiction books – (boring – I knew they were boring – don’t ask me why since I wouldn’t read them)
So what was left?? Apparently lots! I took home 13 or 14 books a week from our local library.
But as I grew older my taste in books broadened. I finally read Farmer Boy to my own little boys and discovered that it was my favourite book in the whole series – especially the food descriptions – mmm mm – pie for breakfast!!
I met “Miss Marple” and developed a penchant for solving whodunnits.
I travelled to L’Abri in Switzerland and every Sunday evening we would have high tea and our host family would read the side-splitting adventures of James Herriot and his veterinarian escapades. Non-fiction and animal stories added in one fell swoop!
Now I read almost anything as long as it is clean and grabs my interest. It has to be well-written though – there are too many books in the world to waste time on a book that doesn’t “grab” me. I’ve mentioned before that I often read recommendations online. So I end up with a lot of books that appeal to others but don’t appeal to me. I sample but I don’t feel obliged to finish them.
And that’s what happened to the list I entered for the Spring reading Challenge …
I have been reading though – a lot of books. Here’s my list:
(a line all the way through means I finished it – halfway through means I’m in process – as you can see I like to keep a lot of books on the go depending on my mood or the time of day – some books are perfect for just before bed – for others I need to be wide awake to take them in)
Keeping A Nature Journal– Clare Walker Leslie The Art of Tasha Tudor– Harry Davis The Irresistable Revolution;Living As An Ordinary Radical – Shane Clairborn (Tonia and I are wading our way through this one) Prayer DoesIt Make A Difference – Philip Yancy How To Become A Saint – A Beginner’s Guide – Jack Bernard Queen of The Castle– Lynn Bowen Walker A Testament of Devotion – Thomas R Kelly The Islanders – Elizabeth Foster (picked up at a secondhand book sale and I really am enjoying it) Honey For A Woman’s Heart – Gladys Hunt Love and War in the Appenines – Eric Newby (apparently the real book about living in Provence)
- A Small Place in Italy – Eric Newby
- Love Among the Butterflies (a favourite of Britt-Arnhild’s)
Wild Swans – Three Daughters of China – Jung Chang – (fascinating)
- The Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh – I’m looking forward to starting these although I could only get two out of the four volumes from my library.)
- on order from Amazon – Simply Christian by N T Wright
- and Eat This Book along with the study guide – by Eugene Petersen
The Mitford Bedside Companion– Jan Karon The Memory Keeper’s Daughter– Kim Edwards Giants InThe Earth – O. C. Rolvaag The Heaven Tree Tiology – Edith Pargeter
I know I read more fiction but I can’t remember the titles just now – obviously they didn’t leave a lasting impression.
As you can see I have lots to read – that’s the way I like it. I read everywhere: in the bedroom – in my chair – in waiting rooms – in the car (when we’re parked – it’s been a life long sorrow that I can’t read while we are driving 🙂 – while I’m cooking and stirring at the stove- while I nursed – at the beach – while I get my hair done at the hair-dresser – at the dentist – in the doctor’s office. As long as I have a book nearby, I know I’ll never be bored.
There you go… confession and update completed.
Oh and by the way – don’t forget to email your current reading stack to Diane by June 4th for the “What are you reading?” poll. I know I’ll get lots of suggestions for great reading there!
What are you reading these days?