On Being a Bookworm

I always have been. Catch me with a book in my hands and you probably won't be able to get my attention. I love getting lost in a whole other world. When I was younger, we would head to the local library and I would come home with 6-8 books. And then I would sit down and read and read and read and within a week's time I would have read all of those wonderfully brilliant books and be craving more. I am sure my mother timed our library outings on days when chores were few because I am no good to anyone once I start a book that I love.

My Mom instilled a love of reading when I was just young enough to understand. Here are some of the books that I remember reading together as a child:

"Under the Lilacs" by Louisa May Alcott
"The Bobbsey Twins" by Laura Lee Hope

Then she turned me on to the classics, and I devoured:

"Little Women"
"Anne of Green Gables"
"The Silver Chalice"

I read plays:

"Prometheus Bound"
"Death of a Salesman"

I tried foreign classics:

"David Copperfield"
"The Brothers Karamazov"
"Crime & Punishment"

And most of these were while I was in grade school or Junior High. I couldn't read these fast enough.

These days I'm reading more Young Adult fiction. It's hard to find a clean but satisfying read in adult books any more. They are tainted with profanity, promiscuity, and less than moral characters. (If you have some good reads to share, I'd love to hear them.) I have a whole bunch of books I love (or didn't) listed on my Goodreads site. You can see my reviews there as well.

But I'm really getting excited for these books coming out soon:

My poor wishlist at Amazon is getting quite overloaded with all these goodies. What are you reading these days?


  1. Have you read any of Shannon Hale's books? She wrote Goose Girl and then some sequels; she wrote Princess Academy (wonderful!), Book of 1,000 Days (my favorite!), and Austenland (hysteriacal, esp. for lovers of the A&E version of Pride & Prejudice). Her genre is mainly YA but has several Adult Fiction books out too. And she stays away from all the crude stuff you were saying you don't enjoy - I don't either - and so she's perfect for those of us who enjoy a Good Read but not all the yuck that seems prevalent today. Enjoy!

  2. I can't wait for Mockingjay either! I loved her other books. I'm reading the girl who could fly by Victoria Forester...loving it so far. I just finished "the Help" by Kathryn Stockett, LOVE LOVE LOVED it!

  3. i'm a reader as well. i don't know what i would do otherwise. i might just lok for the books you listed here jen! Thank you!

  4. Kim Borochaner8:06 PM

    Did you read both of the first 2 books by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire?! So awesome! I read each of them in about 2 days!!

    Kim B.

  5. Jen, I recently finished 29 Days of Giving. I highly recommend it.

  6. I still think you need to try Dear John. Aaron and I liked Wings by AprilLyne Pine and the Hourglass door, can't remember who wrote that one.

  7. Cannot wait to read Mocking Jay, That one seems to be taking forever to come out. Patience is a virtue right??


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