I’m a reader …


So, I’m a reader. Many of y’all know that about me but if you don’t … let me enlighten you for a moment.

One of my mom’s first memories of me as a child was the time she “lost” me in the apartment. She couldn’t believe I got out of her sight. I mean, it’s not like there was that much square footage for me to disappear. Finally, she found me wedged between the dresser and corner of the room just out of sight. There I was “reading” with my stack of books in front of me … pouring over the pages with excitement. Keep in mind that I hadn’t yet learned to read! From my earliest moments I’d rather be sitting with a book than playing with a ball, doing my English homework instead of my Algebra homework, reading the latest paperback novel when I’m supposed to be doing my chores.

Well, not much has changed. Tonight I managed to get some laundry done (remember, I repaired my washing machine all my myself this week!) and I’m currently in the process of putting away the clothes and figuring out what I’m going to wear for church tomorrow morning. And here I find myself … distracted by another book! So, instead of reading it at this very moment … I’m blogging it. 😉

I’ve decided that I really should share with you the thoughts on the books I’m reading as I always manage to have at least 10 going at a time and I’m also in a book club. I’m not kidding about the 10 at a time. I am too easily distracted and there are just too many good books out there that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Right now I am in progress with: Dark Star Safari, Virginia Wolf, How to Argue and Win Every Time, The Motivation Breakthrough, What’s so Great About Christianity, Your Best Life Now, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Courage to be Rich, The Gnostic Gospels, and It Takes a Family. Not to mention the fact that I’m supposed to be reading Persuasion for book club and I haven’t even bought it yet!

What is wrong with me? Why can’t I just pick up one, finish it, and move on to the next? Now, you need to understand that it’s not that I start a bunch and never finish them. On the contrary … I just finished Summer Sisters, before that it was The Know It All, Catcher in the Rye, Jane Eyre, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Enjoying God. These were all within the last few months! The majority of the ones I’m not finished with aren’t books that you just can’t put down but rather books that are informative and good reads but whereby I have to really consciously make myself read them.

Right now I’m focused on Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux. It is a work of non-fiction about the author’s journey through Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town. He discusses the people and cultures and difficulties obtaining visas. It is quite fascinating really and is only encouraging my desire to travel to the continent myself. I have recently become a sponsor of a little girl in Tanzania and have wanted to go on safari within the next year or so. We’ll see … as much as this book fascinates me and the thought of a trip to Africa excites me … I have to be realistic and understand that the finances aren’t there to back up my desires.

Anyway, that’s all for now … I’m going to try and update you semi-regularly on my progress with all these darn books but for now I’m signing off. I have had a movie from Netflix on my coffee table for weeks now and again tonight I am choosing to read instead. When I try to explain to people how I don’t have cable they are always completely shocked that someone could live like I do in the 21st century however, when you take into account my passion for reading you understand that cable is a waste of my dollars. Now, a subscription to a book warehouse … that’s something I’d probably be willing to invest in! 😉