I have recently read a few books that I simply adored and once again felt that joy of reading. I have always been a reader. It has always been one of my absolute favorite things to do. I love the escape into another persons world. I love how emotionally involved I can become. What fun it is. I find it very difficult to explain how much I love to read and how grateful I am that it is such a huge part of my life. I also find it almost impossible to understand that there are many many people who simply do not like to read.
As a high school English teacher this is something I came across quite often. I used to think that it was simply a matter of being able to read well. Basically, I thought that those who couldn't read well didn't like to read. I have since realized that although this is definitely one of the reasons there are still many people out there who can read perfectly well and still just don't appreciate a good book like I do. I guess it's a matter of taste but with all the different books out there shouldn't there be something for everyone?
The books I have read recently that have made me think on this are: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Twilight. Both were wonderful reads. Interestingly enough both of them would qualify under the young adult fiction category. I've decided I'm a teen girl at heart.
I have been thinking about why these books appealed to me so much. I think the main reason is that I was able to easily relate to the characters and I really cared about the characters from the very beginning. Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight) was so great at creating realistic situations and relationships in a very unrealistic plot. I could really feel how the characters felt. I loved that.
Anyway, go pick up your copy at the library. And, as always send me the names of any good books you have read lately. I always want to find out about a good book.
In this same vein, last weekend I saw a movie at my friend Michelle's house called "The Prize Winner of Defiance, OH." Such a great movie! Michelle knows I love Julianne Moore and thought I would really like this movie. She knows me so well. This was a fantastic movie. It is a true story of a woman who lived in the 1950's in poverty and had to raise 10 kids on nothing. She entered all these contests where you had to create a limerick or poem or finish a song and won enough to save her family in some hard times. She was also just a wonderful woman.
I also read the book this week that the movie was based on. It was also very good. Same title as the movie but with a subtitle of: How my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less. So great. Just a feel good kind of movie and book.
My favorite line from the book, which wasn't in the movie for some reason was, "I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight." That's my new motto! I'm seriously putting that on my blog title!
Well, I'm off to start on my Etsy shop!