I’m an introvert nerd.
I am admitting it to you right now. My daughter just said to me the other day, “I want to be like you when I grow up. You never go anywhere, you are always home, and you don’t stay up late because you always want to read”. Hmmmm……. I guess it should make me feel good that she wants to be like me. She also said I am always home spending time with my family, so that made me feel a little better too! But I am a homebody. I love being home and I love going to bed as early as possible. I would have my pjs on and in bed reading every night at 7:00 if it wasn’t for my poor husband that actual does like to get out and be amongst the world.
I have a word document with all the books I have read, the date I finished the book, and my own little short summery of the book. I keep every book I read and if you ask to borrow one there is a form you have to fill out and a short routine procedure you will have to go though. I usually read what I find at yard sales or thrift stores, but sometimes I do treat myself and buy a brand new book at the bookstore. Buying a book at the bookstore makes me feel like a little kid in a candy store. This is usually how I reward myself if I have reached a goal, accomplished something hard, or if I just feel the need to spend some money!
My goal in January was to read two books a month. Yes if I read as much as I say I do this should be no problem and my list should be much longer. However I am a VERYYYYYYYYY slow reader. I have even looked into taking one of those courses that teaches you how to read faster (not really……. yes I have). I usually fall asleep three pages after I start, so finishing a book does take me some time. This is what I have read since the beginning of the year:
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Little Bee, Chris Cleave
- Crank, Ellen Hopkins
- Parched, Heather King
- Fear not tomorrow God is Already there, Ruth Graham
- Me talk Pretty one Day, David Sedaris
- The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
- The Mocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
- Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
- 50 Shades of Grey, E. L. James (yes I went there)
- Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- The Perks of Being a Wall Flower, Stephen Chbosky
- Bossy Pants, Tiny Fey
- Seven, Jen Hatmaker (one of my favorites)
- The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman (Splurge at the bookstore and worth every penny)
- The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
- Soul Detox, Groeschel
I love when The Nester takes a photo of “what I am reading now” on Instagram. Here is my “what I am reading now” photo!!!
I am on the hunt for Gone Girl, Unbroken, The Kitchen House, The Book Thief, and Divergent. If you see any of these at a yard sale call me!!!
I’ve talked about my sister in love Beth before. I love her. She is also a I’d rather be at home reading kinda girl. I swear I am going to get t shirts made with that printed on the front. We are going to the beach together just the two of us in a couple of months. Watch out Charleston!!! The two of us together are going to be wild and crazy!! There won’t be a book untouched! In our PJ’s reading and asleep by 8:00 WOO HOO! Any who Beth gave me the BESTTTTTTT gift for Christmas last year. One Story.
(From the website): One Story is a non-profit literary magazine that features one great short story mailed to subscribers every three weeks. Our mission is to save the short story by publishing in a friendly format that allows readers to experience each story as a stand-alone work of art and a simple form of entertainment. One Story is designed to fit into your purse or pocket, and into your life.
For only $21.00 you can receive a little book in the mail every 3 weeks for a year. When I go to the mailbox and see the One story envelope I get all super excited! The stories are great and totally different every time. I am reading all sorts of great pieces that I may have never picked up.
What is your favorite book? What would you recommend I put on my book hunting list!??!! I would loveeeeeeeeee any suggestions!!!
Also the winner of the Mason Jar Painting is…………Dottie!
“Mason jars were part of my educational experience, My mother and my five aunts gathered to harvest and can or freeze the fresh produce from my grandparent’s farm. They made it into a party for themselves, and I found the laughter, the comraderie, the female gossip, and their fun irrisistible. I was constantly hanging around, snooping when necessary, outright joining in if permitted. I learned everything a girl could want to know and probably some things I shouldn’t have known at that age from that crew of wonderful women. So, in addition to the delicious contents of those old mason jars, I got myself some delicious womanly knowledge. I have a few of those old Ball jars in my kitchen and the sight always reminds me of those good times”.