Does anyone else love to read books?
When I was a little girl, I remember my dad always taking me to the library. It was always such a special occasion. The library in Yuma is a lot bigger than the libraries in Tucson. Probably because Tucson has a lot of libraries and Yuma doesn't. I'd always run down the stairs when we got there and just browse the books. When you get to the bottom of the stairs, you're at the chapter books, when you walk over to the far left you're at all the picture books. I always loved the chapter books. Some of my favorite books were the Baby Sitter's Club & Baby Sitter's Little Sister. I'd read my books the whole way home from the library. A few times, we'd stop at Dairy Queen on the way back and he'd buy me some ice cream. My parents always let me stay up later at night if I was reading a book, which I usually was. Sometimes when I really liked a part of a book- I'd read the part outloud to my self. I remember one time laying in my bed reading and I said outloud, "Can I be a frog? Can I?" I thought it was so funny, until my brother Steven jumped out from under my bed mocking me.
In 5th grade, we used to get tickets for doing our homework. We were required to read 20 minutes a night. For every 10 extra minutes we read, we'd get an extra ticket. I always got extra tickets. I would read for hours every day. At the end of 5th grade I had read the most minutes in my class. My teacher gave me a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble and she let me choose a book from the class library. I chose "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret." I never did read that book. But I did use my giftcard to buy more books.
As I grew older I started loving books even more. Especially in college. I always had hour gaps in between classes my freshman year. I'd buy books from the UofA bookstore, then walk up to the top of the Student Union, lay on the couch and read my books.
I'v read books up until having Ryan. The day I gave birth to Ryan I was reading Tori Spelling's Mommywood. & I hadn't read a book in almost a year after I had Ryan. I started reading again when Emily Giffin's Heart of The Matter came out in paperback at Target. I bought it the same day and had it read in about 6 days. I forgot how much I loved reading books.
I decided it was time to start reading again. I usually read in bed after my shower and before I fall asleep. Elyse's last week here, we went to the library. She loves the library and she'll lay in bed and read books with me. I re-read Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed and Something Blue. I would read the rest of them but I let my mom borrow them. If you haven't already read them- You need to! I love her books. Then I read Kate Gosselin's I Just Want You to Know: Letters to My Kids on Love, Faith, and Family. Which I loved because I love reading about kids and I love her kids. Unchartered TerriTori- by Tori Spelling (love her too!) & House Rules- by Jodi Picoult- another good one.
I had read Sloppy Firsts & Second Helpings (Megan McCafferty) back in college. & Charmed Thirds a few years ago. I saw the Fourth Comings & Perfect Fifths last time I was at the library. Since I already started that series- I need to finish it. Except I can't completely remember how the first 3 went so I had to check out all of them.
Same with the Shopaholic books. Becky Bloomwood can bug me a little bit. Her shopping addiction can be a little much. But just like the Sloppy First books, I had read most of the other Shopaholic books in college. So when I saw Mini Shopaholic about her daughter, Mini, I had to get it.
Fly Away Home is by Jennifer Weiner. I first started reading her books right when I got married. Loni came off the plane holding "Good in Bed." & she had just finished it so she gave it to me. I've been hooked on her books ever since and have read all of them. This is the only one I haven't. I'm on chapter 3.
The last two books- How to Bake a Perfect Life & Secret Daughter, I saw them at Target so I wanted to check those out too.