Monday, April 22, 2013

For the Love of Books

I love books.

I love collecting, discussing, decorating with, sharing, but most of all reading books.

Sometimes I get the question, "How do you find time to read?"

My answer: I make time.

I think most people make time for the things they love. If you don't, you should because life is just too short not to.

Sometimes this means other things get neglected. Sometimes, when I am lost in one of those books that are so hard to put down, I neglect things I shouldn't. Like my kids.

Thankfully, this is the exception and not the rule. My normal reading times are during "quiet time" and in the evenings before going to bed.

Every once in a while, guilt will creep in if I spend an entire quiet time reading a novel when I "should" be doing other things. I try to snuff those feelings out fast. Some may say that reading novels is pure entertainment (a valid argument I guess); on the other hand reading novels teaches you about the world and human nature in a way nonfiction never will.

My fallback when pressed is that Jesus taught through stories (aka fiction). So there.

That said, I like to read a lot of different things. Fiction and Non, Novels, Memoirs, Self-Help, Young Adult, Classics. I think variety is good thing.

The books I have been working my way through (or will be) are:

The Emerald Atlas and The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
More or Less by Jeff  Shinabarger
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Unburdened Heart by Suzanne Eller

If you are interested in reviews of the books I am reading, find me on GoodReads. It is a social media site for book lovers.

Before you go, I'd really love to know, what are you reading these days?


Julie Cragon said...

I hear ya! I often go from working all day in our Christian bookstore to a general bookstore to check out what's new in the secular world. I love the feel of a book in my hands, the smell of the paper and the hundreds of different writing techniques from different writers. Just started a new one I found in Barnes and Noble while on Spring Break, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. So far so good.

megs @ whadusay said...

Julie, I've read that and enjoyed it. Also by that author are Home and Gilead which are linked (same town and overlapping characters). Gilead won a pulitzer prize and while the writing is beautiful and I liked it, I really jived with Home better.

Emily said...

i just started The Emerald Atlas--- so far so good- and oh my goodness- the perilous journey-- love! i've decided to just camp out in the JA section of the bookstore-- so much more fun!

megs @ whadusay said...

Oh Emily, I SO agree!! Every summer our library has an "Adults Reading Kids Stuff" reading program. I look forward to it every year, not so much because I need an excuse to read the books, but because of the prizes I get for reading them. :)

smw said...

i'm reading "understood betsy" right now. a children's book that is very captivating. i'll pass it along to jaret to read at bedtime to the kids when i'm done. :)

megs @ whadusay said...

Shar, thanks for the comment, will be looking that one up at the library!!

brenda said...

Oh Megan, I love your comment on fiction. It makes much sense to me.
I love historical fiction. The book I love the most though lately is The Discovery of Freedom by Rose Wilder Lane.