Growing up I read all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. Nonstop. My dad would make me go sit outside and I'd sit on the steps or on the porch, book in hand. Out of the hundreds of kids in my junior high, the librarian knew my name-we practically talked everyday. I would check out a book, take it home, read a chapter here, a couple of pages there while I did my homework, and if it was too good to put down, I'd sneak a flashlight under my blankets & read when I was supposed to be sleeping....and return most of them the next day.
Books provided a way of escape from the madness I called home, and I devoured them as such.Crazy as my dad was, he actually encouraged & supported my reading habit. Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Swiss Family Robinson, Journey to the Center of the Earth, THE ENTIRE Little House on the Prairie series (I was an avid Laura Ingalls & Rose Wilder fan...correction: I was OBSESSED), The BoxCar Children, you name it, I read it growing up. Even the books my dad would forbid me to read like The BabySitters Club & Nancy Drew (why he didn't want me reading them, folks, I have NO idea ok? No wait, that's not true...I do remember him saying that reading BabySitters Club would make me boy crazy, because Stacey, Claudia, Kristi & Dawn were, and I would turn into a slut. I only wish I were making that up) My appetite for books waned when my life got super crazy between the ages of 17-20 and I fell off the bookworm wagon.
Well, now that I've got a major accomplishment under my belt and can relax a little this summer, I decided to get back on NERD status and begin a quest to fall back in love with reading. Over the past 9 months I've either a) found a book I just KNEW I had to read or b) someone has sent me book THEY just knew I had to read. I've amassed quite a collection as a result. Some of these are audiobooks, a couple I've read once but want to dive into again, and one is my favorite book of all time. All of them cover various subjects and span a range of authors.
Trying to carve out the time to read this summer is going to be quite a task, but I'm hoping that instead of stealing moments to Facebook & Tweet between taking care of my boys, I'll steal those moments to read a couple of pages, if I'm lucky a chapter.
My therapist told me a couple of months ago to try and remember the things I loved to do before I had kids and do those to help cope with my anxiety & depression. So...I've gathered my stack and I start my first one tomorrow.
Wish me luck.
- Power Thoughts: Joyce Meyer
- Battlefield of The Mind: Joyce Meyer
- Start Your New Life Today: Joyce Meyer
- Never Give Up: Joyce Meyer
- The Love Revolution: Joyce Meyer
- The Confident Woman: Joyce Meyer
- God's Leading Lady: T.D. Jakes
- The Lady, Her Lover, & Her Lord: T.D. Jakes
- The Cause Within You: Matthew Barnett
- Completely Forgiven: Shannon Ethridge
- Having a Mary Heart in A Martha World
- Made to Crave: Lysa Terkeurst
- Return to Love: Marianne Williamson
- Gift of Change: Marianne Williamson
- Eat, Pray, Love : Elizabeth Gilbert
- I am an Emotional Creature: Eve Ensler
- The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin
- Reviving Ophelia (Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls): Mary Pipher
- The Social Media Bible: Various
- Captivating: John and Stasie Eldredge
- Committed: Elizabeth Gilbert
- Death by Love: Mark Driscoll
- Crazy Love: Francis Chan
- The Dream Giver
- Fearless: Max Lucado
- Get Out of That Pit! : Beth Moore
- One Thousand Gifts, A Dare to Live Freely, Right Where You Are: Ann Voskamp
- You Were Born for This: Bruce Wilkinson
- The Gifts of Imperfection, Letting Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be & Be Who You Are: Dr. Brene Brown
- I Thought it Was Just Me (but it isnt) : Dr. Brene Brown
- The Beauty of Different: Karen Walrond (Don't have it yet, but it's on my Most Wanted list)
- Too True For Lies, A Child's Story : Stephen D. Matthews
- Gone With the Wind (My all-time, most FAVORITE book EVAAAA!)
- Cleopatra: Stacy Schiff (I don't have this one yet, but it's on my Most Wanted list)