Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Call Me Bookworm

I have always loved to read. I remember going to the library as a grade schooler to pick out books. I read every Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew book on the shelves. The Little House on the Prairie books, and hundreds more. I went through library cards (in the old days, when they stamped your card with the date your books were due and when you filled it up you got a new one) like my kids go through a gallon of milk.

Some days when the weather was nice and my mom would throw us all out of the house for our health and hers, I would take my book and climb up into the apple tree to read. At least I was exercising my mind!

As you can imagine, I don't have as much time to read as I used to, but I still love it. I have come to understand just how right my mother was when she said Readers' Digest is perfect for moms. The articles are short enough to finish in a day or maybe two if things are really bad.

Last fall a neighbor told me I had to read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Since my reading time is limited, I'm always glad to get a recommendation for something good. I don't have much time to wander the stacks at the library or to work my way through a disappointing read. So, I put my name on the list at the library.

Trouble was, when I got the book I only had a few days to read it since there was a waiting list. And I barely got started before it was due. So a friend bought the book and gave it to me to read first. It's been sitting here waiting on me. I read a few pages here and there, but I finally sat down Sunday to really read it.

Now I'm in trouble because I can't stop. It's good. Really good. Really, really good.

Today I read while I folded clothes. While I washed dishes. While the kids ate lunch. I read while I unloaded the dishes, and if I could figure out how to make this coherent while I read, I'd be reading right now.

The best thing for me to do is stay up and finish this thing so my house doesn't sink any further into the morass. Which is a little ironic given that the story revolves around black maids in Jackson, Mississippi during the height of the civil right movement, and just reading about all their work makes me tired.

If you haven't read it, get a copy of The Help. It is a great book. The story is compelling and so are the characters. I don't know how it ends, but I can't wait to find out!

How about you? What's the best thing you've read lately?

© Trippin' Mama 2010

6 comments:

April said...

My mom just read that! She loved it as well, but just borrowed it to my sister, so I have to wait my turn. I read about an hour before bed everynight (we'll see how that changes once my triplets arrive). I have to say my all time favorite is The Time Travelers Wife. I read it years before the movie, and still read it every so often. I've read it probaby 10 times, and still cry every time! Even if you've seen the movie you should still read it! And if you need to I'd be happy to mail mine to you for you to borrow. Currently I'm really into Jodi Picoult books. She's amazing. 19 minutes is really great, My sister's Keeper, Keeping Faith, Harvesting the Heart, and Vanishing Acts. .... all wonderful, to name a few! Happy reading! I'm about to dive into mine for awhile!

Katie said...

I love to read too, and I do EXACTLY what you described...reading non-stop. Because of this, I don't let myself read much. And I miss it. Oh well, someday. I also love Jodi Picoult, but I like her older ones better than her newer ones. Will have to look for your suggestion :)

Anonymous said...

Read "Chasing Harry Winston". Brain candy while I traveled for work this month. Finished it in 3 days - 2 days in airports/airplanes and 1 day at home to wrap it up. Same author as "The Devil Wears Prada". Decent, but enjoyed "Devil Wears Prada" much more.

Emily & Ed said...

Not sure why my comment posted anonymous...trying again...Emily

Joyce Grimble said...

I read the book over spring break, which was a treat for me because during the school year I usually can only get through magzines and educational puplications. Loved the book and saw in the newspaper that it is already being made into a movie....

Christy AKA Trippin' Mama said...

Thanks for the suggestions. Joyce, I'm not sure I'll see the movie. I'm almost always disappointed in the movie if I read the book first.

Christy