"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

We Interrupt This Post: Update at Bottom

for a message about reading. We are all avid readers on the farm. Therefore we have many books.
This photo was from our annual 2009 kids photo~and was titled The End~in front of the bookshelves in the front room. Before the internet~one could still travel the world and learn about anything and everything, by opening a book. A book takes the reader through time, places them in another's shoes, and allows the reader to take the words and create the set.

Many discussions around the table begin after we watch a movie based upon a book. Almost all of the conversation is because the readers were disappointed with the movie because the movie did not match up to the way they saw the book.

I have made reading a part of the children's lives from birth. I have read to them while they were babies, read poetry to them during lunchtime, and Bill would read the Bible to them in the evenings. Bill also read most of the condensed classics to the children at bedtime. He would come home during bedtime(he was a police officer) and read to them and head back to work. He read Moby Dick, The Three Musketeers, David Copperfield, and War of the Worlds to name a few. I would sit in the family room and listen to him change his voice for different characters and hear the children giggle and I would smile.

The kitchen table always had a pile of books in the center and for breakfast-usually self serve, the children would read while eating. Each child has their own likes and dislikes and we promoted the direction each child headed all the while allowing opportunities to read anywhere and everywhere in the home. Yes, even in the second library, if you know what I mean. One time, when one of the boys was small he called out to me and asked me to bring him the book on dinosaurs~while he was on the throne! I took him the book smiling all the way. When we took road trips each kid would take a few books to read.

I share this because the books are for everyone. We all should make time to read. It is restful and takes our minds off of things and is very relaxing.

I have a mini list of books to share that I have loved reading:
  1. The Bible-there are 66 books inside
  2. The poetry of Robert Frost
  3. Anything written by Mark Twain- his short stories are wonderful.
  4. The Little House series. I have read and reread these books many times. Life can be as simple and as loving as the way Laura Ingalls Wilder shared in her collection.
  5. The Great Brain series. This series has a boy as the lead character and it takes place in Utah around the turn of the 19th to 20th century. Like the Little House series, the books are wholesome, fun, and great reads for children as well as adults.
  6. Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Cookbooks-especially those written before the 1960's
  8. Peterson Field Guides-you can read about anything in your region
  9. Historical books I try and gather the older books as less revisionist history occurred.
  10. For quick read the Louis Lamour books. Lamour wrote of the old west, cowboys, Indians, and pioneer stock.

That is a short list including books for the young and old alike. I would hope everyone would have a chance today to pick up a book and escape for a while!

UPDATE: I loved all the comments that had so many suggestions of other great books that I am going to compile a post of readers favorites and suggestions, so feel free to leave more if you wish~



Anonymous said...

Hi Humble:
Even with the internet and e-readers etc. NOTHING beats the old fashioned paper turning enjoyment of reading a good book!
You might want to try Zane Grey for a good western. I also love Agatha Christie books!
Encouraging our kids to read and our grandkids, we travel often to the library and the second hand book trader. If I'm going to give gifts to the grandkids I usually make it books.
Love books. With a good book I'm armed to travel or to just sit and relax.
Remember when we were kids - books were ALWAYS encouraged.

Mrs.Rabe said...

We love to read as well....

We have many, many books!


MommySetFree said...

We are book lovers too...as a baby can sit up on my lap I am reading to them...Ok I have propped a few! :-) As I type this my adopted daughter is reading aloud to her two younger syblings who do not read yet. We have instilled a love of books, so they become instinctive readers, they WANT to learn which makes all the difference, wouldn't you say? Anyway, I had to laugh out loud when you said you have a pile of books int he middle of table for breakfast. That would never fly in our house! I am constancy asking them to eat with their fork/spoon! ALL those books would have all thier pages stuck together for sure! :-) So my question for you is; What are your tips on instilling the table manners that keep clean hands???!! :-)

kymber said...

i am glad that you have spent the time, here, on your blog writing Your book. i have sooo enjoyed reading your book and i am only about half-way through...soooo looking forward to reading the rest.

i love the goofy pics of your kids - i always smile all the way down to my heart when i see them. you are one lucky dawg, Spicey!

we love reading too. i love the Little House series as well. i have been collecting old encyclopaedia sets since i was 12 - i love reading those. i really love old books.

my two favourites:

the clever little people with six legs (by Hallam Hawksworth, published 1924) and the fairy-land of science (by Arabella B. Buckley, published in 1898).

i could read those 2 books a million times over.

your friend,

Rhonda said...

I love to read! And of course the Bible is the top of the top! 2nd one is Hinds Feet in High Places...awesome book

Andrea said...

Very nice! My kids always read alot too....I always hinted that a sign of a genius is that he/she reads alot :) A little encouragement. I grew up in a rural area, and I read for hours and hours at a time, there was not much else to do! I loved it, it transported me to so many places. Our town had a tiny one- room library, in an old garage. Keep up the good work. love,andrea

Glenn B said...


If you like Sherlock Holmes, try reading the few detective stories written by Edgar Allan Poe - The Murders of The Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget and The Purloined Letter.

Poe is attributed with being the creator of the detective story. If you read these three stories you will notice many similarities between the main character C. Auguste Dupin and Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. In addition, much like both C. Auguste Dupin, those later fictional detectives were both accompanied by a sidekick who told their stories. In the case of Dupin, we never learn the identity of his sidekick in The Murders of The Rue Morgue but in the case of Hercule Poirot it is Colonel Hastings and in the case of Holmes it is, of course, Dr. Watson. That Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie both strongly molded their main characters based upon those of Poe's detective stories is an understatement. Poe’s characters and the detective stories themselves are brilliant and are the first of the genre in modern times. Give them a try, they are even better than his poetry or his tales of Gothic horror.

All the best,

Rocky Mountain Homemaker said...

We love reading at our house too. Well, actually I do and I have my son read daily. It's been a good practice since he is one of the top readers in his class.
I will look for the Great Brain books. I have never heard of them before and I think he would like them. Jennifer, thanks for an inspiring post!.......Denise

Gayle said...

Have you read "The Bridge Across Forever" by Richard Bach? A beautiful love story. Sadly, I haven't read in many years, but I've read this several times. I think the love between you and your husband reminds me of the strong love bond in this story.

Monique Elisabeth said...

Sounds wonderful. I love to read too and have always read for the children, but they don't like to read unfortunately. My husband and I do read though. I love the books by Jan Karon and Beverly Lewis.
Have a great day !!

Kathi N. said...

Nice list! Thanks for sharing. . .

Humble wife said...

Dear Friends~ So many excellent comments I will write a post sharing all the great books that have been suggested!

Thankyou all so much!! xoxoxo

Julia said...

I love reading, and all my kids so far have enjoyed books. I used to read for hours before I got married and had kids. Too busy for it right now, plus little fingers remove my bookmarks. I used to work a mile from a library and on my lunch break I would go to the library to check out books to read.
So many books to list, but some of my favorites are The Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Warner, Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl who Ran by Kenneth Thomasma, books by Beverly Lewis (she wrote about the Amish which reminds me of where I grew up). I also enjoy Al Lacy and Louis L'Amour. The most recent book I read was 20 and Counting! by the Duggars.

JenniferK said...

We are working on fillinng up our bookshelves. Currently we our reading list consist of: The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh, Charlotte's Web, Aesop's Fables,The Original Mother Goose,Where the Red Fern Grows, & lots of other very good classics. I like how-to books and cookbooks. I got into reading Beverly Lewis but have to limit myself. I get to consumed. I loved Reading when I was a kid. it took my mind off my circumstances. I still love to read. I got a lot of catching up to do.

Humble wife said...

Oh Julia-yes you do have your hands pleasantly filled. I am positive as the kiddos grow you will have time once again. I love how sweet and precious they are. Trust me, time comes back!

Jennifer-like Julia you have lots going on with the wee ones. I love your list too, and am going to add a new post soon. Take care and enjoy the cuties.

Mr. H. said...

If you have not read it I highly recommend "Laura Ingalls Wilder: Storyteller of the Prairie" by Ginger Wadsworth. The book is full of photos and fascintaing information about the real life Laura Ingles and her family.

Humble wife said...

Mrs. H- I am off to find it either at the library or Amazon. Thanks for the suggestion I will be writing another post soon and will include this!