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Book confessions

(inspired by Amy and Caiti)

My parents tell me I learned how to read when I was four.

I used to pour over those Scholastic book order forms, even though I knew my parents wouldn’t buy me any.

I distinctly remember spending full days in bed during the summer when I was in elementary school and reading 2 to 3 books a day.

The only way I was able to keep up with my reading habits as a kid was A) I love to re-read books and B) I got free (coverless) books from my grandmother. God bless her.

One of my favorite things was traveling to Arizona, visiting with my grandmother and seeing 3 or 4 big grocery bags stuffed FULL of paperback books that I knew were mostly for me.

I’ve read the entire Anne of Green Gables series every year for …. most of my life.

I’ve only read the entire Little House on the Prairie series once – and that was about 4 years ago.

I almost made it through all 8 years of college without going into the library. I bought a lot of books instead. And then I took a graduate class specifically about academic research and we actually had a class period in the library and I fell in love.

When I first got to ASU I took a composition class annoyingly full of freshman. I was the only upperclassman and the professor (a PhD candidate) saw I was an English major and asked me what kind of literature I was interested in. I didn’t understand what she was asking me because it never occurred to me that, for a PhD at least, you have to focus. I just loved all of it.

If I had an extra $100,000 now to go get a PhD for fun, I’d probably focus on 20th century American literature.

I had a HUGE to-read pile waiting for me when I was out of school. I deliberately never took summer school in college so I could have time to read books for me instead of for teachers.

I have absolutely zero problem writing in books – in fact, I get more out of the book when I do.

I crave books. The way you might crave chocolate or crave running. I crave certain passages from books I know well, or the feeling that other books give me when I read them. This is one of the reasons I re-read so many books.

I love reading fiction and love reading non-fiction for totally different reasons. They each make me feel completely differently. (you can see from my ‘read’ shelf) I switch back and forth all the time.

I feel sorry for people who don’t like to read. They have no idea what they’re missing.

There’s pretty much no way Andrew and I would be together if he didn’t like to read. One of my favorite things that we do is sitting around the house together, drinking coffee, each reading our own book.

Reading a really good novel makes me believe I could write my own novel. And I’m terrified of being proven wrong.

But sometimes I think I’d like to write a history book, so I had a reason to travel to other cities and sit in their libraries for days on end.

The first time we visited the library near our old apartment, the very first time I went to check out books the librarian had to tell me they had a 3-book limit on books of the same subject. This is when I was trying to check out 3 books about the Revolutionary War.

Like Caiti, I HATE movie version book covers, and will not buy them. I found this John Adams book at a used book store rather than buy it new because of the cover.

I resisted GoodReads because I felt pressure to log/rate/review every single book I’ve ever read. Which is basically impossible. But now I’m obsessed with it and I love adding books to my ‘read’ and ‘to-read’ shelves.

I am still resisting a kindle. Partly because I would miss the book pages. But partly because I don’t want to buy a bunch more digital stuff that I won’t get around to reading.

My ‘to-read’ pile(s) of books around our house are more books than a lot of people own. My bookcases are 2-rows deep.

I try to get rid of books. I really do. But it’s so hard for me because I love them so much. And I re-read books all the time so I know I’ll get a craving for that book sometime in the future.

I still have quite a few of my favorite books from when I was a kid. Coverless and all.

Someday when we’re rich I’m going to have a Beauty-and-the-Beast style library.

My absolute favorite books are Gone With the Wind, the Anne of Green Gables series, Lolita, Helter Skelter and the Harry Potter series. All of these I’ve read at least 3+ times. Often many many more.

You can follow my recent books read at Goodreads (or in the sidebar <– )

What have you been reading recently?

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  • Abriel October 18, 2012, 9:19 am

    Have you read Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth & World Without End? If not, they are a MUST read! Also his newer Century trilogy (of which only the first 2 are published) is equally amazing.

  • Amy October 18, 2012, 9:29 am

    I’ll add them to my Goodreads to read shelf now :)

  • Jenae October 18, 2012, 10:31 am

    YOU ARE AWESOME and reading is the best/most fun thing you can do with your time.

    Question: Can you recommend a few books? I’ve been in the market for something new.

  • Jessica October 18, 2012, 10:51 am

    I lament the fact that I donated all my childhood books to the Valencia Library when I hit 9th grade. I mean, I know I was doing something nice for the kids in the community, but I miss those books so much now.

  • Amy October 18, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Jenae:
    I’ll write up a blog post w/ book recommendations. I hesitate to do that because A) not everyone is as eclectic in their interest as I am and B) I’m not super picky so I tend to enjoy most books.

  • Megan @ The Nerd Nest November 8, 2012, 12:06 pm

    I am so with you here. Also, the Beauty and the Beast library: that’s the dream.

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