This week we drove past the library and I remembered my childhood and how big a part libraries have had in my life. Growing up I read. A lot. I was that child who had to make sure the flashlight had enough batteries because I'd read under the covers late at night. I'd hide in the closet and read, I'd stuff a sweater under the door so my parents wouldn't see the slit of light peeking behind my bedroom's door. I'd read everything. A few nights ago Victor said he gets mad sometimes because he can be in the car driving through town, and his mind won't stop reading. Bill boards, signs, store names, everything. I smiled into the darkness because I knew. I have been there. I can still remember the first time I read the sign of an E-Z stop gas station, I giggled because I thought it was the cleverest thing ever. I might not know much about childhood education, or the bringing up of children, but one thing I do know. The introduction to the world of literature cannot be missed. It's important. It's vital.
Most of our books are packed away in a box somewhere but we've left a few favorites out, and acquired one or two to add to our collections,
Here are a few favorites:
The Hardy Boys Original Series by Franklin Dixon (house name for various authors) - I haven't read these series, but Victor's been gobbling them up one after the other and then going through the tough experience of having to pick one to restart reading them. He doesn't have all of them. Yet. But he loves to read about the adventures of the two teenage Hardy Boys who are incessantly solving mysteries of life around them.
Animal Ark Series by Lucy Daniels (house name for various authors) - This series I enjoyed growing up as well. Again I thoughT clever the use of consonance in each title. (Cub in the Cupboard etc.) These books follow Mandy the local veterinarian's adopted daughter and her best friend James as they rescue animals of and in trouble of all types.
Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys by Various Authors - This book for a while was in my bookshelf which of course caused much teasing but I shrugged it off because I really liked the stories. This book is a collection of "moral stories" for boys. Each story has a lesson, a moral, and a life truth.
And last but most definitely not least,
My Life Story by Alfredo Carlos Sas - Alfredo Carlos Sas's biography! A wonderful story of SDARM pioneers. Easy reading and effective stories. Victor read it from cover to cover, laughed, and was impressed with many stories. Mother and I have begun reading it too, and are enjoying it very much.
Northanger Abbey, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion by Jane Austen - Obviously a Period Drama and Austen fan, this collection is dear to my heart. For all of you who think I'm English savvy and have no problem with words, here's news, I'm human and these books written in Period English are difficult for me. I have to reread paragraphs twice quite often, google terms, and concentrate. But this is one thing I like about them, they require my full attention and I readily give it because Austen, well, her work is a classic for a reason. Her writing style is incomparable, her creativity ingenious, her hidden humor priceless, and what girl doesn't enjoy a love story with Colonels, Misters, Dukes, and English men?
Gifted Hands the Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphy- Ben Carson's biography. A story that has inspired me in so many areas of life. A story of beating the odds, a story of faith, a story of finding motivation, a story of God kicking doors open for His children. A story that if you haven't read, you need to go read. Now! And if you have read, you need to take a look at the last two paragraphs of this book, and take a look at chapter 22 and go over the THINK BIG acronym again. This book was truly uplifting and I highly highly highly recommend it!
Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith - After finally finishing the Bible, I decided I needed a bit clarification on a few points. No, more like a lot of clarification on the whole book of Daniel and the whole book of Revelation. Daniel and the Revelation became my Devotional reading book. Why? Because this book is amazing. It goes through every single verse of both Daniel and Revelation explaining,
the meaning, the placement of the verse in history, and it shows parallel the events prophesied and their completion. Most times I finish reading a paragraph of this book with my mouth gaping at how accurate, how detailed and how deep these books are. If you love history, if you'd like more enlightenment on Daniel and/or Revelation, I can't recommend this book enough. Read it, you won't be sorry.
I could add countless more books, but I'll leave you with a website instead, goodreads. You can sign in with your facebook account and they'll give you book recommendations based on your past book reading history and taste!
Happy Reading ~*“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
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