Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Reading or Housework...

Love this...anyone else ever feel like ditching housework to read all day instead? Honestly, there are many days where I would just love, love, LOVE to lie in bed and read ALL. DAY. LONG.
Unfortunately that kind of opportunity is rare for me, so I have a list of 'books to read' at least a mile long at this point. Here are a handful that I would like to cross off my list (in no particular order)...you will notice that several are classics, and while I have read many of them already, I love them so much that I would happily read them all over again and again. :)

1. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon - I started reading these a few years ago, and have made it to The Fiery Cross, but just cannot seem to make it to the end of the book no matter how hard I try. Anyone else have this issue?
2. The Secret Garden - I first read this book many, many years ago, and absolutely loved it...definitely worth reading again, in my opinion.
3. The Harry Potter Series - I have watched the movies numerous times, but as those who are fans of reading know that the books are always better than the movies.
4. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy - same as above...have watched the movies numerous times, but would love to read the books, as well.
6. Through the Eyes of a Lion - this book was written by the pastor of my church, and is phenomenal! Definitely worth reading at least a few times.
7. At the Back of the North Wind - another one that I read many years ago, and would love to read again, as well as have my boys read.
13. Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi - I am not that big of a sports fan, but did watch Andre Agassi play quite a bit back in my lates teens and early 20's. I've heard this book is really interesting, and worth the read.

Of course there are many more on my list...way too many to mention here, but as you can see just from what I've listed, I have years and years of reading in my future before I ever make it through all the books I want to finish. Can you imagine having the time to set aside to just read, without having to do housework, or any other work for that matter? What a wonderful world that would be!

One more thing I will add is that I much prefer the actual book, as opposed to the kindle or online version. I truly like to hold the book in my hands and physically turn the pages. :)

Do you love to read as much as I do? How long is your 'to read' list? Have you read any good books lately that you would recommend? Do you prefer to hold an actual book in your hands, or read on your electronic device? Please do share! I always love to hear from you!


  1. What a good list!
    I have to recommend you read The Lord of the Rings, all three books. I actually did a course on just that book in Uni which was fascinating, but it's just a wonderful read. My husband read it out loud, all of it, to our kids, when they were little. It's so well written, so layered, it's such an amazing story!
    RIght now I'm reading the short stories of Lydia Davis, phew she's a good writer.
    I hope you get a chance to read all day sometime soon XO

    1. Thanks Dani! The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit are all on my list. The movies are some of my favorites that the boys and I watch again and again. I haven't heard of Lydia Davis before, but will be sure to look her up. Enjoy the book! :)

  2. I read Outlander and a sequel back in the 90s, but never got further in the series. Have you seen the TV series? It's pretty rough (it follows the book pretty well, I think), but it's well cast.

    I read Open a few years ago too and I agree it's a good book. I like tennis, though, so maybe it's more interesting to me because of that. If you like watching tennis, the Australian Open is starting soon!

    Lately I'm not doing much reading, though. Too many distractions. I used to read all the time, but I can't remember the last time I curled up and read a book when not at the beach (and I'm rarely at the beach).

    1. Hi cate! Yes, I've been watching the Outlander series on tv, and have to say that it is better than I had anticipated. It does follow the books and storyline very accurately, which I must admit that I found quite surprising. Luckily Diana Gabaldon seems to have a lot of say in how the show plays out for television, which is one of the reasons it has turned out well so far.

      I hope you get to curl up with a good book soon, or at least get to go to the beach! :)