From the time I was a child until I was married for about 5 years I hated reading. The schools would make me read to do book reports, so I would read the Ramona books or books about cats. The good news is that there are about 8 Ramona books and numerous cat books in school libraries, plus we moved to a few different schools, so I was able to do the same reports for different schools. Now I wouldn’t recommend this to children for many reasons, but that is what I did. I hated to read. It didn’t catch up to me until about 7th-8th grade when they wanted me to read at my grade level. Well I was stubborn and refused to read any more than they said I had to.
I then expanded my reading list to Anne of Green Gables and all the following books written by Lucy Maud Montgomery as well as the Love comes Softly Books by Janette Oke. Also the book An Old fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. I would read the books that the school made me read plus these books over and over and over. I read them all so often that I had to buy them a couple of times because they were falling apart.
Then I married into a family of literature lovers and readers! Oh no, how was I going to fit into this family. Every time we all got together, for a long weekend or a vacation, we would visit, eat and then a couple of people would find a corner and read. My husband spends about 22 hours a day reading….not a joke. He once ran his bicycle into a pick-up because he was reading and riding (don’t tell him I told you). My son started reading fluently at 2 1/2 –3 years old. I was lost and didn't know what to do. I tried to pick up a liking for reading, but it wasn’t happening, so I would just reread the same books over and over. I could tell you all of the stories, probably word for word.
Then one day about 8 years ago I picked up a new book and I loved it. It only took me a couple of days to read. I then read another book, and another, and another. I ran out of books. Then the library became my friend and then I started buying books. I have also joined book clubs.
This has carried on to the point, that now if I have extra money I am looking through Amazon.com and Christian books.com. My favorite stories are Christian based 1800 love stories. I will always have a special place for Ramona, Anne and Polly, but I am so glad that my interests have expanded. There was a whole world out there to explore.
I never understood my husband and his need to have so many books. Now I do. I love the feel of holding a book, the smell of an old or new book and not knowing what you will find between the front and back covers. Between my husband, myself and our boys, we could probably open a book store…..that is if any of us are willing to sell any. You see that is the other thing. We keep all of our books! Jason especially. My room could be a library. We have several book cases and totes full. I love to read books and give them away if I find the right person for the book (if it is a favorite, then I will buy it again).
So if you want to know what we are doing at any given time, the answer is reading.
The huge question now is what will a family of 4, that love to collect books do when faced with the question….to buy an e-reader or not? It would of course mean more than just one or two…we all read at the same time. :) I am not sure how that will be answered. I am scared to find out, since it is a spendy investment. It would definitely save us luggage space when we travel lol