Let's talk books!
When I was young, I was a card carrying book reader. I lived in the library and geeked out on all kinds of books. I remember in 8th grade, we held a book challenge and for each book we read we got to include our name and address on a slip of paper that was inserted into a balloon. Hundreds of balloons were released into the world on our special day of celebration in the hopes that another young person across the globe would find one of our balloons and become our life-long pen pal. For you young readers, that was back in the day when we had to communicate with pen, paper and postage stamps.
In high school, my English teacher allowed several students to choose a book for the class to read and review. I chose Lord of the Flies and my fellow students chose to dislike me. Even as a young person my reading tastes were varied with such favorites as: The Jungle, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1984, Red Badge of Courage, Dune, A Wrinkle in Time, Jane Eyre and The Lottery to name a few.
Enter college when I had to read text books and time for leisure reading was practically non-existent. But, my love of reading manifested itself again one day when, while working as a cashier at the local grocery store, a customer was not able to fill out his check and asked me to write in the details. He signed his check with an X. That experience touched my heart and led me to become a volunteer with the Literacy Council. My first student was a young man who dropped out of school to work as a farmer. I was nervous and he was scared. Before long, he was the first one to arrive for our sessions, excited to share his progress with me. It was one of the most satisfying things I have ever done. His world changed dramatically...reading can do that!
Free Little Libraries
The other day I spotted a free little library and was so excited because I had heard of these little gems but had never seen one. This one is located in New Smyrna Beach, FL and it is cute. I plan to return with a few to donate.
Have you seen a little free library where you live? I would love to hear about it.
Pinterest is filled with many creative little libraries all around the world. I set up a board HERE where you can see some of my favorites.
I posted a few of my favorites below, ranging from elegant to quirky.
Have you heard of BookCrossing?
I love this idea and have registered and plan to "release some books in the wild" and see where they end up! What fun!
I used to be more of a summer reader but over the last year, my love of reading has been renewed. No longer do I wait for a trip or a day at the beach to grab a book. What do I like to read? My reading tastes are very diverse, ranging from historical fiction to scary tales of espionage.
A few of my all time favorites: The Historian, One Second After, The Secret Life of Bees, pride and prejudice and The Lost Symbol.
While researching for this article, I came across some sources I must share with you.
•Bookbub: Sign up for free, enter your reading preferences and download books that are free and at reduced prices.
•What Should I Read Next - Podcast: Each week, host Anne Bogel interviews a new person and finds out their tastes. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. I recently started listening to this podcast at the recommendation of my friend, Sandi and I am finding it very informative so far
What are you currently reading? Do you love it or hate it? I look forward to hearing from you!
Have a blessed day!