Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Words for Wednesday - On Reading

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested. - Francis Bacon
Twelve books. That's how many are in my reading stack by my bed. And that's not counting the cookbook or craft book leaning against my bed. It's also not counting the new to me books I just bought at the thrift store last Saturday. Or Monday, when I went back to the thrift store.

I may have a problem. Hi, I'm Karen and I'm a book addict. ("Hi, Karen!")

No matter how tall the stack, I'm always buying more, ordering more from the library, putting more in my Paperback Swap wish list.

Of the twelve in my stack, I'm currently reading four. (Again, not counting the cookbook & craft book too large for my stack.) Shepherds of the Sea is a book about Destroyer Escorts in the Second World War. That one has to be read with a pencil in hand so I can make notes in my research notebook. The Great Typo Hunt is one I'm reading just for fun. And it is funny.

I'm reading through Amazing Grace (a William Wilberforce biography) by Eric Metaxas. It is, as I knew it would be, wonderful. This is a slow read because I'm copying parts in my commonplace book and reading parts of it aloud to Prince Charming, who is also wanting to read it but he may not have to once I'm finished, considering how much of it I'm reading to him.

The last book I'm reading through is deep - The Beautiful Fight by Gary Thomas. This one I read with a pencil in hand so I can write in my journal. I read parts over and over to be sure I understand them. This is a "to be chewed and digested" book.Even harder, it is a "to be put into practice book."

I wish I could squeeze in some time for poetry or fiction. I wish I could join my girls at nap time because they are currently listening to Pride and Prejudice on c.d. I wish my eyes could read two separate books at one time. (My eyes just crossed at the thought. Too bad.)
I feel a sense of awe about words. In fact, I'm probably a bit in love with language, which is another way of saying that I like to read. - Gladys Hunt
Count me in, Ms. Hunt, I suspect we are kindred spirits.

FYI: This post does not contain any Amazon links.


Vicky said...

You truly are amazing with your reading!

Diane said...

I can so identify with this post. I have four books by my bed that i am reading, four homesteading magazines, and a couple of home school books. There is just not enough time in the week to finish all of them. Too many great books out there and not enough time.


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