On The Shelf

" In a perfect world I would have a room just for all of my books.....and one for my shoes."-Me

Admittedly, I am a self professed 'book nerd'. I used to spend hours in the local library perusing all of my favorite author's latest titles and took pleasure in discovering new ones. I was always disappointed when my mother said I was limited to only two check outs and as soon as I got a card of my own I became known for checking out the maximum amount. At different locations. Needless to say I also racked up quite a few fines in my day. I couldn't help it. Reading was my escape and my favorite thing to do on a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon. Truth be told, I read whenever I had a 'free' moment and sometimes when I didn't. I can't tell you how many books I dropped in the bathtub when startled by my mother asking if I had washed up yet. Taking showers never appealed to me because, how could I read doing that? It was my quiet time and I looked forward to it every evening. My punishment's were not being able to read instead of not playing outside or watching TV. Odd? Maybe, but to me it was devastating.


Books were kind of the thing in my household. Both of my parents like to read and it was completely normal to find stacks of books laying around. I relished being able to sift through a stack at my leisure and find something that sounded good and get lost in another world for a few hours. I read pretty much any, and everything I could get my hands on though I have a penchant for female heroine's and murder mysteries.  For a time I was heavily into poetry (Nikki Giovanni to be exact) and spent a lot of time dissecting and discussing those works at length.
Then I went through my Stephen King stage (as I think we all do) and I was even into Danielle Steele for a while there thanks to a chance discovery in the back of my grandma's closet.

After my daughter was born my reading was limited to naps and bedtime and that was okay with me, so long as I was still able to occasionally indulge myself in the escapes of my favorite characters. Some characters are more real (and well known) to me than members of my extended family. Take Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone, I've read her series from the beginning and it pains me to think what will happen when she gets to the end of the alphabet. I've put off buying her latest installment as I am reluctant to get sucked in only to finish and have to wait another year for the next one. The same can be said for Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. I'm not a fan of all things medical and bloody in real life but I love me some Scarpetta and will happily read all the gory details while she performs an autopsy.
On The Shelf
just a smattering of what's on my Amazon wish list

Over the years I've discovered plenty of ways to enjoy my love of the written word. I even worked at Barnes & Noble for a brief period and all I did was read during every break. I still frequent the library from time to time but with a toddler in tow, it's a lot harder to cruise the aisles and be quiet about it. I haven't really gotten into the e-reader although I did have a Kindle at one point. Downloading seemed like a chore and I just love the feel and smell of an actual book!
Thank goodness for Amazon! I have a wish list simply titled "Bookshelf" that currently holds a 100+ items (a few samples are above). They range from cookbooks, to business tomes, to self-help / lifestyle, fashion, novels and the like. It gives me goose bumps when I place an order and check one or two items off the list. My heart skips a beat when the box arrives and I can touch the shiny covers and find a place for them on one of our bookshelves. If I'm honest, I don't actually read all of them. Not right away. Some are for reference and others are for immediate consumption. While a few more are waiting for the right moment in which we can be alone together.  I generally have two or three books in rotation and will sometimes get so caught up in one that I forget about the others.

If you love someone let them read

When I am consumed by a book I have a hard time focusing on much else so it takes great restraint not to devour pages while I'm supposed to be cooking dinner or playing with Baby Ninja.  Many a cookie has been burned when I get lost in the world of the written word.  I simply can't help it, I just love a good story and become incredibly attached to the characters and their worlds. It's kind of my thing. My thaaang.

*puts hand up*

So yeah, I'm a bit of a book nerd and proud of it. Now if you'll excuse me, the kids are asleep, my husband is watching Sports Center and I have a book that's calling my name.

Have you read any good books lately?


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