Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Reading ... and stuff

Would you believe that I never read the Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea stories when I was young? Well, I didn't believe it either. And it's kind of weird, because Carol read them. So, that means they were in the house. Now either she hid them from me or something, because there weren't too many books in that house that I didn't read. I drove mom crazy when I was a kid. If there was printing, I was reading it. At breakfast, I read every cereal box on the table ... over and over. If there was a newspaper nearby, I read the entire thing. I learned to read upside down so that I could figure out what was on her desk (a trick that has gotten me lots of information through the years). I couldn't just sit still. If I tried it, I was fiddling with something or messing with something else unless you put words in front of me. Then I would just calm down and read.

I'm not sure how I managed to miss this entire series, but I did! Some of the more contemporary young adult books didn't come out until after I had gotten too old for them, but heavens, this series was written in the early 1900s!

A friend challenged me to read them. So, off to Amazon I went. If they were available on the Kindle, I was certainly up for that challenge. And there they were - at 99 cents each (yup, you read that right). I finished the first book this afternoon. Yes. I cried.

I also started re-reading "Little Men" by Louisa May Alcott and I'm still reading a wonderful series by Kim Harrison - all about vampires and witches and werewolves, pixies, fairies and elves. Another friend recommended "Gomorrah" about the Naples Organized Crime syndicate. I just realized that I'm only 2/3 through Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat Pray, Love" and am in the middle of "Red Mars" (free on the Kindle right now) and "The Ghost Brigades" by John Scalzi.

Whoa. I'm never going to run out of words to read!

The thing is, I need to stop reading these words and start writing words! I have a ton of them in my head right now. But, it is so much more fun to read.

1 comment:

Tena said...

I never read the Anne of Green Gables books when I was young either. When I decided to read them a few years ago, I absolutely couldn't get enough!!! I LOVE them!