Monday, April 14, 2014

A Lifelong Book Worm

Borrowing a page from my friend Andrea and her top 10 favorite books, I realized that I don't have a particular favorite book as much as I have authors that I love to read. My favorites are usually series; they pull you in with the first book and then you're hooked until you've read the very last one. The worst part is when they publish each subsequent book years later and you're left hanging forever.

  1. Anne McCaffrey and the Dragonriders of Pern series
  2. Jean M. Auel and the Clan of the Cave Bear series
  3. Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander Series
  4. Lee Child and the Jack Reacher series
  5. James Patterson
  6. Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games trilogy 
  7. Dean Koontz
  8. Lucy Maud Montgomery and the Anne of Green Gables series
  9. C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia series
  10. Roald Dahl
There are a million more authors that I love out there but these are definitely my favorites. I don't buy books very often, I am an avid lover of the library. I used to love walking up and down the aisles and randoming sliding out books and flipping open the front cover to see if it piqued my interest. Like my friend Andrea, I started reading at 3 years old and never stopped. 

I spent the majority of my childhood in Alaska. We sometimes had electricity but never running water. We never had a television until I was probably 16 or older. On weekends, we would tune into the public radio, if we lived near a town, and listen to a story read aloud. You would have to tune in every weekend or you'd miss those chapters and be completely lost the next weekend. When we lived in the bush, the Fairbanks Public Library would ship out books on your wish list. Our friend would pick up our mail and fresh produce once a month and fly them out to our homestead, sometimes bringing my teacher. 

For my 10th grade year of homeschool, I decided that I wasn't going to do any formal schoolwork. I was going to read. I was going to read 1000 books in 365 days. I started on October 31st and each week meant a trip to the library and I just read my way through, one book shelf at a time. I can easily read a 300+ page chapter book in one day, more if I'm left alone without distractions. Reading books allowed me to escape into another reality. We lived a very isolated lifestyle where we could go months without seeing another person. There were no video games or toys, just my sisters and I and our 36 sled dogs in the middle of nowhere. I would have this wild dreams about building a little house in the woods and lining all four walls with books, having a fireplace, and just living my life reading. 

Fast forward 25 years and now everyone in the family has the e-reader Kindle. We kept our library cards active when we left the United States so each week, we log onto the Deschutes Public Library website and we check out new books. Each person is allowed to check out 8 digital books at a time. You can have them for 7, 14, or 21 days at a time. No matter where we travel in this world, we'll still have our books with us. Much easier to pack up four Kindles than boxes of books. We did bring some physical books along with us but they are pretty special ones, the Adventures of Bella and Harry by Lisa Manzione. The books focus on two little chihuahuas as they travel the world with their owners and they are just perfect for our family. Give them a read and let me know what you think!

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