Tuesday, January 25, 2011

on my bookshelf

As a child I always had my nose in a book. My parents could not purchase books fast enough.  In fact one of my favorite places to visit was right next door to where my mother worked, the local bookstore.  I would mosey through the racks of books, eyes fixated on the colorful bindings and cover photos, trying to discern just what story would be my next favorite.  Though many times my choices included the every popular Babysitter's Club and Boxcar Children, every once and awhile classics would slip into my hands.

I was not alone in my love for reading.  My mom and dad both fostered in me an appreciation for words and stories that is still ingrained in my today.  Every night, for years, my mom would cozy up next to me in my little twin bed before I was swept away by magical dreams and read to me.  And one thing I'm grateful for is that she did not stop when I was able to read on my own.  She kept on and the book selections grew to more insightful and difficult chapter books, but we shared this time, together, allowing the story to create a bond between us that only we had.  It was such a special time and to this day, reading with children tops the list of my favorite things to do.

It shouldn't come as a surprise, I suppose, that this love for literature and the written word, shaped my college experience.  I was an English major.  Not so amazing if you do not want to teach or allow it to position you well for a career in law, business, marketing or journalism.  But to me, sentence structure, the etymology of words, the creation of an idea, the ability to speak through writing took over my heart and then and there I decided on English.

There's the history...let's move forward to the present time. You will never walk in our house without seeing stacks of books lingering about.  In fact, the hubby often wonders at this love for reading.  Here are the books that I am in the midst of right now.  Right now I am enjoying being able to hop back and forth between books, some I'm almost finished with and others I'm just starting.  I think it will be enjoyable to give you a review on finds I find noteworthy and give you updates regarding which books are on the bookshelf. Plus I would love to hear what you are all paging through...I always need new ideas!

Marathon by Jeff Galloway
Spoken From the Heart by Laura Bush
Helper by Design by Elyse Fitzpatrick
My Life in France by Julia Child
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (one of my favorite children's books)

On my nook (the top book in the photo)

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

What's on your bookshelf? Have a favorite read from 2010?


  1. How are you liking "In Defense of Food"?
    It looks interesting!

    Reading this right now..

    I met the author (a State Senator from SC) on an airplane in Nov. He mailed me a copy of his book :) It's neat... about growing up in times past. The story of his childhood.

  2. Brittany...that book looks good:)

    As far as "In Defense of Food" it's pretty good. I like how Pollen doesn't tell you what to eat, he has more of a "everything in moderation" approach that I really like. It's very interesting!

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