My dad was a big advocate on reading to "expand the mind" and he always encouraged me to read. In fact, in kindergarten, my school librarian had some sort of surgery and my dad was her nurse. I guess he told her that I went to her school and that either 1) I needed to be challenged in reading (kindergarteners could only check out picture books) or 2) I needed to check out more books.
When the librarian was well enough to go back to work, I remember she announced to my entire kindergarten class that my dad had operated on her and continued to gush about how great of a nurse he was. I was thoroughly embarrassed. But then, she called my name and told me that I could go to the chapter book section. As my eyes lit up, her eyes narrowed and peered over her wire glasses -- "But only Kaycee."
I was so excited! I remember checking out the Amelia Bedelia and Cam Jensen series. As I grew older, I loved reading American Girl, Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, Babysitters Club, Little House on the Prairie, Little Women, and anything else I could get my hands on. I'm sure this thrilled my dad. In fact, every Friday after school, if we were good, he would take us to either the local bookstore or the library. My book collection grew and I never went anywhere without a book. #miniRoryGilmore
I was pretty much like this until probably about high school. We did so much reading that I found myself not really reading anything for fun except Christian fiction, like Lori Wick, Robin Gunn, and Karen Kingsbury. Then, as I got busier with extracurricular activities, graduating, then going to college, I really wasn't reading anything at all, unless it was homework. If I did read, it was something fluffy.
I really became lazy with reading, and that's not okay with me! Reading cultivates the mind, encourages empathy, and broadens your knowledge. I believe it was Dr. Suess who said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” My goal for this year is to start reading again, and not only that but read a variety of genres.
Modern Mrs. Darcy has a great 2017 Reading Challenge that I'm going to attempt this year. *Fingers Crossed* Here's my book list for 2017, thanks to Modern Mrs. Darcy's Reading Challenge:
1. A book you chose for the cover: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
2. A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
3. A book set somewhere you've never been but would like to visit: Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
4. A book you've already read: When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke
5. A juicy memoir: Unsweetined by Jodie Sweetin
6. A book about books or reading: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
7. A book in a genre you usually avoid: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
8. A book you don't want to admit you're dying to read: ???
9. A book in the backlist of a new favorite author: ???
10. A book recommended by someone with great taste: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
11. A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet: The Road Back to You by Ian Cron
12. A book about a topic or subject you already love: Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley
Bonus Book: The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
You'll see I have nothing down for numbers 8 and 9. So, I can't really think of any books that I don't want to admit I'm dying to read, nor do I have a new favorite author. At least for right now. Maybe they'll come to me in the next couple of months, but for now, I added a "bonus" book to my list.
Any other bookworms out there? I'd love to see your reading lists for 2017 and if you have any recommendations, please send them my way!