Sunday, August 19, 2007

My favorite pasttime

I have recently read a few books that I simply adored and once again felt that joy of reading. I have always been a reader. It has always been one of my absolute favorite things to do. I love the escape into another persons world. I love how emotionally involved I can become. What fun it is. I find it very difficult to explain how much I love to read and how grateful I am that it is such a huge part of my life. I also find it almost impossible to understand that there are many many people who simply do not like to read.

As a high school English teacher this is something I came across quite often. I used to think that it was simply a matter of being able to read well. Basically, I thought that those who couldn't read well didn't like to read. I have since realized that although this is definitely one of the reasons there are still many people out there who can read perfectly well and still just don't appreciate a good book like I do. I guess it's a matter of taste but with all the different books out there shouldn't there be something for everyone?

The books I have read recently that have made me think on this are: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Twilight. Both were wonderful reads. Interestingly enough both of them would qualify under the young adult fiction category. I've decided I'm a teen girl at heart.

I have been thinking about why these books appealed to me so much. I think the main reason is that I was able to easily relate to the characters and I really cared about the characters from the very beginning. Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight) was so great at creating realistic situations and relationships in a very unrealistic plot. I could really feel how the characters felt. I loved that.

Anyway, go pick up your copy at the library. And, as always send me the names of any good books you have read lately. I always want to find out about a good book.

In this same vein, last weekend I saw a movie at my friend Michelle's house called "The Prize Winner of Defiance, OH." Such a great movie! Michelle knows I love Julianne Moore and thought I would really like this movie. She knows me so well. This was a fantastic movie. It is a true story of a woman who lived in the 1950's in poverty and had to raise 10 kids on nothing. She entered all these contests where you had to create a limerick or poem or finish a song and won enough to save her family in some hard times. She was also just a wonderful woman.

I also read the book this week that the movie was based on. It was also very good. Same title as the movie but with a subtitle of: How my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less. So great. Just a feel good kind of movie and book.

My favorite line from the book, which wasn't in the movie for some reason was, "I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight." That's my new motto! I'm seriously putting that on my blog title!

Well, I'm off to start on my Etsy shop!


Malinda said...

I just finished ready the book Twilight. It was so good i can't wait to read the next book New Moon.

Leslie said...

i just read twilight, too. i thought it was pretty good, but i think i'll be borrowing new moon instead of purchasing it. . .

i'm reading another YA fiction right now (never picked those up before, but they always looked intriguing). it's called lizzie bright and the buckminster boy. LOVE it so far. it actually gets me chuckling, and it's won several awards. you can see the cover in the sidebar of my blog.

Can't wait for you shop!

Oh, and Neal and I are both so relieved about Griffin's health. you were in our prayers. what a relief. ;)

nicole said...

I love to read too- and i just read those two books also and the first shopaholics book-so now I feel like I need to balance out with something a little heartier(Any suggestions?) I have a copy of New Moon if you want to borrow it-but I don't have Eclipse yet.(oh and by the way I never told you I did read the Time Traveler's Wife-I really liked it but I am a little sensitive to some of that stuff-for some reason reading it affects me so much more than seeing it in a movie or on TV)

Mandalynn said...

You should read "Magic of Ordinary Days," by Ann Howard Creel. I don't know if I've recommended this book to you before, but if I haven't, you should definately read it. I love it.

LeslieTale said...

The fact that you read HP just shows what I've known about you for years... You are a BEACON on AMAZINGNESS. Did you see the Dateline interview with Jo Rowling? She talked about how she decided to kill or not kill certain characters.

Subject change: Don't you think there should be a part of this blog that allows people to rant about how FANTASTIC you are???

Gretchen said...

Amen. And Amen!

LOVE reading. CANNOT understand people who don't. I think they're completely bananas.

I am a die-hard YA fiction reader. About 80% of my reading list is YA fiction. I've embraced the fact that emotionally I'm 15 years old.

And holey-moley! The Twilight books rule! You saw that I took off work to read Eclipse! So you know I'm wetting my pants in anticipation of the 4th book.

Emily said...

Ruth I couldn't agree more! I have forgotten how much fun it is to read because throughout my life I've been "forced" to read things that I wouldn't particularly pick. But I love Harry Potter and I read the entire Stephenie Myers collection (thus far) in one week. Something about the YA category really appeals to me too.

Camie said...

NERDS! Just Kidding. I finally broke down and started reading HP. It's been 3 weeks and I'm in the middle of the 4th book. I'm really enjoying it. I wish I had more time to read. I will be taking American Literature this semester so that will be keeping me busy in the reading dept. for the next 4 months.

Mendy said...

I do so love to read, too, Ruth! I try to only let myself read 2 books a month, though, so I don't neglect other important areas of my life (like spouse, children, house, food prep, etc.) I quite enjoyed both books you mentioned.

Anonymous said...

After posting an EXCELLENT suggestion about how this blog should have a section dedicated entirely to ranting about how amazing you are...I see that you STILL haven't done it...what's it gonna take Ruth? Tears? Oh, wait. Here they come....Leslie

I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.