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:
- The Bible-there are 66 books inside
- The poetry of Robert Frost
- Anything written by Mark Twain- his short stories are wonderful.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Cookbooks-especially those written before the 1960's
- Peterson Field Guides-you can read about anything in your region
- Historical books I try and gather the older books as less revisionist history occurred.
- 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~