I think it was second grade, but maybe it was third? I vividly remember the bulletin board that displayed my brown paper filled-to-the-brim-with-colorful-scoops ice cream cone. Each scoop represented a book I had furiously devoured. I was a binge reader and I loved every minute of it. Well hours, really. Probably more like days and weeks spent getting lost in the pages with Anne of Green Gables, The Babysitter Club and Nancy Drew.
Reading is a legacy I want to pass on to my kids. It’s why I plunder the Public Library every two weeks and it’s why we attempt to drive DVD-free…until we are all about to lose our ever-loving-minds, that is :) Our whole family has fallen in LOVE with Little House on the Prairie, thanks to the audio version we enjoyed on our trek to my parents this Thanksgiving. Last night as Laura was rocked to sleep in the covered wagon and the book came to a “close” EG burst into tears begging for it not to be over and sniffled, “No, I don’t want it to be over! It can’t be! Do you think there is a Little House on the Prairie Halloween episode?” I think she’s def been bit by the book worm.
There are bins of books I have on my “must read” list, but I don’t really like scheduling out the books I’ll read for the year. I love to let this sliver of alone time feel cozy and free. I never know when I’m gonna snag some time, but when it happens, I can pick up whatever book seems to suit the feelings rolling around inside me.
Anyway, life with littles has limited my reading to mostly picture and short chapter books, which is fun, but each year I have a goal to try and read a book per month, then I choose my “book of the year.” This year I read a random assortment. And my book of the year was DEFINITELY Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet by Sara Hagerty.…My life. In a book. No further memoir needed!!
Did you enjoy any reading or audio books this year? Any characters, plots or nuggets of wisdom still lingering in your mind? What books would you recommend for 2015?
Also, I really want to do one of these little free libraries.….anyone tried it before?
And now I am of to grab my quilt and settle down for a quiet minute of reading. Can’t wait to hear from you!