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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Winter Reading Days

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I am an avid reader
and I always have been.

Many a day would pass in my youth,
me holed up in my bedroom
deep in a good book,
ignoring my mother's pleas to go outside
or play with a friend.

My BOOKS were my friends and we could go anywhere
without even leaving my room!

I have carried this childhood love of reading 
into my adulthood.
Of my three children,
Kate reads like I did and Chris is reading far more than he used to.
Trey is not yet as enamored of books but he is only 7
and reading is more of a task than a pleasure at that age.

I visit the library once a week on average
and my children look forward to those visits as well.

I was recently introduced to an online playground 
for bookworms like myself.
It is called Goodreads.
You can write reviews of books you have read,
give them star ratings,
and put them on virtual shelves-
ie: read, to-read, special ed, parenting etc.

You can make "friends" with folks you know
and see what THEY are reading.
You can explore other folks' shelves
and find book suggestions and genres 
that you didn't even KNOW about!

After all, it's like Lincoln said:

"The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read."

— Abraham Lincoln

If you make your way to Goodreads

find me on there and friend me!


Melissa said...

I did follow you to Goodreads and it is addicting! (and fun!)

Bonnie said...

I'm going to go check it out ....