Sometimes I will find a book that sounds good, start reading it, get a little of the ways through it, and find I have already read it!! This way, I can go back and see what I read, and whether it is worth the time to read again ;-) I hope that I can find time to blog about all the books that I read because it will be fun to have this record as time goes on.
Mainly, I am excited about this new blog idea because I just LOVE tearing to pieces books that I read and talking about them. Unfortunately for me, not too many people want to sit and talk to me about all the little teeny-tiny details of books for hours. (And for those of you who do, "I LOVE YOU!") I am going to love having a blog to "talk" to about all my books! If you choose to read this blog, and have thoughts to share on books that I talk about, oh, please, please, please comment!! I would really love to talk to you about books!
Just to let you know what kind of books I like to read, I read books from all kinds of genres, fiction, non-fiction, adults, young adults, teens, all the way down to children's book. I am not embarrassed at all to admit this, Yes, I do love to read kids books, too! (I especially like that one, "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs". I check that out of library all the time, under the guise of wanting to read it to my children, but really I'm the one who wants to read it.) I feel a lot better reading books that my kids are going to be interested in reading, because then I know more about what they are going to be learning, and whether or not it's something that I want them to read. You learn so much from what you read, and writers can be very sneaky putting their own agendas into the books. I like to know if there is something I want to warn my kids about when they pick up a book.
I like to read Contemporary books as well as the Classics, Romance to Mystery to Sci-Fi (sometimes) to fantasy, to ANYTHING! I just love all books. The books I have read throughout my life have definitely helped to shape me into the person I am today, and the writers feel like old friends. That is not weird for me to say that, by the way, a good writer puts a little bit of themselves into their story, so really when you read someone's work, you get to know them at least somewhat. And you know what; I think that is SO AWESOME!
Quick rundown of some my writing heroes, in no official order;
Laura Ingalls Wilder
She is so special to me because she taught American women how to be strong. She was a strong woman, without being manly, overly feminist, or disrespectful to her husband. She understood that women were to be a "helpmeet" to their husband. That means you help, not that you are brainless sap. She was a strong woman who was always a lady, which is really probably the best way to define strong women. She knew what she expected from life and her family. She knew what to expect from her love interest. I think one of my favorite parts of her books was when she told Almanzo that he was NEVER to drive Nellie Olson home again, that is if he wanted to drive anywhere with herself! Girls today could do with paying attention to how she demanded that he treat her as she deserved to be treated! She was confident that she was worth being treated like the gift she was, the gift all strong women are! She always wanted to learn new things. She never gave up during trials. She went through trials that would have destroyed most, and she never gave up through it all! She was hardworking and earned all that she had with her own sweat, blood, and tears, working alongside her husband. In other words, she didn't expect things in life to be given to her, she knew what she wanted, and expected to work for it. She had no sense of entitlement, how refreshing! I love the fact that when you read her books, you are getting one of the finest histories of our country's Pioneer backgrounds, her writings are so important to knowing what has shaped our country, and to remind us of values that we are tending to forget in today's society. I think that they are invaluable history lessons! I think all kids and adults should read her works!
Lucy Maud Montgomery
She describes her stories so beautifully that I feel like I have been there. Anne and Gilbert are one of the greatest love stories of all time.
Another strong women…I love how well she observed the relationships of people around her and was then able to write about it. Also, she was so beautifully sarcastic!
Oh, I just love him so much!!!!!! He just told things the way he saw it.
I read "The Call of the Wild" innumerable times. His books were so exciting and thought-provoking.
Others; Colleen Coble, Beverly Lewis, Meg Cabot, JK Rowlings, Janette Oke, Christopher Paolini, Gene Stratton Porter, Cervantes, some of the non-fiction I love to read are books about Queen Victoria , and I especially love reading books she wrote herself, and her journals.
But my most favorite writer of ALL time is CS Lewis. He is definitely my hero of writing heroes! I remember the first time I started reading one of his books, the first one I read was, of course, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe". I started reading the books, here the kids were playing hide and seek on a rainy day, in a big unfamiliar house, and before you know it Lucy accidently enters a whole other world while trying to hide in the back of a wardrobe. I was so excited! I remember thinking; this is just exactly what kind of book I want to read! This is just exactly what I wish could happen to me. How wonderful would it be to be able to explore a whole different world! I have read that Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia because when he wanted to read stories to children, he couldn't find any that were the kind of stories he wanted to read, so he just wrote them himself. How cool is that?! Also, he said that his stories weren't really "allegories" as much as "suppositories" (I don't know how he spelled it) . In other words, "Suppose that there are other worlds"…"Suppose that in the other world God comes in the form a lion?"…Suppose…Suppose…Suppose…How I love to Suppose…