i l-o-v-e to r-e-a-d

If reading is for nerds, then I am a really, really big one. I knew this already, and I’m cool with it. I would rather read than pretty much anything else in the world. And yes, this can be a bad thing. A selfish thing. Because, unless you’re reading out loud in a happy little literary circle, reading is pretty much an isolated activity. Just me, me, me and whatever’s going on inside whichever book I’m holding in my hands at the moment.

I was surfing the internet Monday night, waiting for Gabe to get home from a Red/Barlow Girl concert, looking for things to r-e-a-d, and I happened to mention that I really don’t like concerts. That I’d rather do laundry (or read). Some people were aghast. With good reason.

Well-rounded, cultured people enjoy music and concerts, TV and movies, wine and good food. Me? I just like to read. (and go to zoos and write and dabble in photography–and good food)

Anyway. I don’t really have a point to this. I was just thinking about this book I started reading tonight. I don’t read a lot of fiction when I’m trying to get a writing project done. I just don’t have the discipline to stop reading and write. A non-fiction book is much easier to read in little increments. I like to devour fiction all in one sitting.

Anyway–the book. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I’m about, oh, 60 pages in maybe. LOVE it. Why? Well, a lot of reasons. One stands out. It’s about books. And bookstores. And writing. And words. And books. You know you’re a nerd when you get giddy over a book about… books.

I’m wondering what makes some people complete bookworms and some people absolutely, positively not. And then there’s the in-betweeners. I’m a book freak. Gabe is totally not. And my girls? Well, they aren’t nearly the book-lovers that I envision myself being as a child. Maybe my deep love for books began a little later. No, I think it was pretty early on. Hmmm…

Yesterday’s comments were fun. I loved, loved, loved hearing what books all of you were currently reading. There I go again, getting all warm and fuzzy just thinking about books.

So, tell me, are you a bookworm, not a book fan, or somewhere in the middle? I won’t think any less of you if you don’t care for books. Remember–the man of my dreams doesn’t even like them, and I’m crazy about him.

And if you’re one of the bookworms, I’d love to know one of your favorite books of all time (if you’re like me, you won’t be able to narrow it down. List away!)

I’ll be out of town speaking at a women’s retreat from Thursday to Saturday, but I’ll try to have something going on here at the blog while I’m away (nothing too exciting–don’t want to miss the fun!). Pray, if you would, that God will give me His perfect words–the exact words these sweet women are aching to hear (and don’t even know it).

Happy, Happy, Happy 37th Anniversary to my Mom and Dad! Love you two, you bookworms, you!

Have a great day, friends!

38 thoughts on “i l-o-v-e to r-e-a-d

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  2. whimzie

    I am such a bookworm that I’m writing down all the books in your comments that I haven’t read for my To Read List.

    I could no more pick a favorite book than I could pick a favorite child.

  3. Ashley

    I’m a book lover. Always have been and probably always will be. One of my favorite memories as a child was “free reading days”… I loved to have a day to just read!

    A classic favorite is “The Count of Monte Christo”. A favorite author is Karen Kingsbury. And my most recent read is “The Frontiersman’s Daughter” (which I’m not sure is in stores yet – I’m reviewing it for the publisher next week).

    I’d love to someday author a book myself!

  4. Sarah S

    Oh, have you heard of The Zookeeper’s Wife? It’s actually non-fiction and right up your alley. My mom loved it and it’s on my to read list (which is an actual, physical list! Nerd!).

  5. Sarah S

    Not too surprising that lots of your readers on this author’s blog like to read! I understand being nerdy about books. I’m been a bookworm for as long as I can remember… reading under the covers with a flashlight at night so I wouldn’t get caught staying up! I come from a long line of book worms – I think it’s in my blood. My mom would totally do a 52 bookstores in 52 weeks challenge (think The Book Loft in German Village).

    Like you said, I can’t pick just one favorite, but I gravitate toward classic fiction. To Kill A Mockingbird is definitely up there… Lord of the Rings… Jane Austen… Lord of the Flies. Guernsey is on my list.

  6. Stephanie your sister

    I am proud to say I am a bookworm. Love, love, love books. Always have. My Christmas breaks from school in elementary through high school were spent reading book after book after book. I tried to top my book count from the Christmas break the year before. I remember writing down every last book I read a couple of the years. I usually made it to 40 or 50.

    Mom used to joke that she saw me more during the school year than on breaks because I would wake up in the morning, read an entire book (4ish hours), pop downstairs for a quick lunch, go back to my room and read another book, pop down for dinner, and go back to my room and read until bedtime. And then repeat the process. Talk about a nerd.

    Daniel is a wannabe bookworm. He has a million books and has read about 10% of them. He wants to love to read as much as I do but has to work harder at it. 🙂

    I can’t pick favorites, because they would change a month from now. My book preference is highly determined by my mood. Science fiction, Christian fiction, tween (Sweet Valley Twins), Christian living, etc. At any given time I love one type and can’t stand the rest.

  7. Kelly, Zoo Girl

    Can you be an elementary teacher and NOT be a bookworm? I’m not sure. . .
    I read all the time and some of my favorites are kids books- Diary of a Worm, Tops and Bottoms, but I also love Harry Potter, and anything by James Patterson.

    Hubby, not so much- I tried to get him to read Harry Potter because he loves the movies so much and he said “why would I read when I can just see the movie?” Good point. . .

  8. Donita

    I love to read! Historical Fiction has recently become my favorite.
    Favorite authors include Francine Rivers and Randy Alcorn. A couple new favorite authors: Ann Tatlock, Jamie Langston Turner and Charles Martin.

  9. Elizabeth

    I’m obsessed with books, maybe a bit too much. It is an isolating activity, but that’s one thing I love about reading. I get so absorbed in the words and the story and it just makes me happy to do that as much as I can. It’s hard for me to make sure I don’t do it too much, but I will always make some time for it. Otherwise I think I’d just wither away.

    I read the Guernsey book a couple months ago and absolutely adore it. I’ve always been fascinated by anything WWII or Holocaust related, and I think that’s the best fiction I’ve read that’s set during that time.

    Peace Like a River is one of my favorites, as well as Redeeming Love.

  10. Megan

    I guess I’m somewhere in the middle (well, at this stage of my life anyway)….I just don’t have the time to read like I used to. But, there have been periods of my life when I was a definite bookworm. I look forward to that in the years ahead!

    Right now, I have about 3 or 4 books going, and that is getting on my nerves. I need to commit and finish a few!

    Favorite of all time? The Anne of Green Gables series. I can’t wait till my daughters can read them!

  11. Jennifer

    I love books. And this will make me sound like I’m twelve, but honestly, my favorite books ever are the Harry Potter books. I read the first one a few years back to appease Wes (who couldn’t believe that I had never read them) and LOVED it. I’ve read them through twice now.

  12. Betsy

    A bookworm from birth! Library Science Minor 34 years ago at BGSU—almost cried yesterday when I had to throw out some boxes of books that were left in our garage and mice-ruined now—my teenage year reading. Favorite book then—“Gone With the Wind” but now—love Lori Copeland, Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter.

  13. Joanne @ The Simple Wife

    You know I’m a bookworm. And I love that you love Guernsey! (Did I tell you a woman from Guernsey commented on my post about that book. Hello free place to stay and someone to visit if/when I go someday?!)

    Yesterday, I sat on the couch ALL DAY LONG and read three books cover to cover. It was HEAVEN!

  14. Mary

    ohmygoodness…SUCH a bookworm!!! 🙂 my mom said i preferred books over toys/barbies/etc when i was little and you can’t get much nerdier than that! i even read on my lunch break at work still! one of my all-time favorites is “pride and prejudice”. i also love “all the king’s men”. and of course the chic lit that requires absolutely no thought or intelligence. i hate that i can’t read 12 books at one time. i smile everytime i walk into a bookstore and feel like i can breathe easier. i hate to borrow books and want my very own copy!

    maybe i should stop now. this is making me sound VERY pathetic 🙂

  15. Gail

    Guernsey’s on my list…out at the library last time I went bummer.

    I thought I was a bookworm until I met my husband. My word, but that man reads a lot. And I mean a LOT. Having 3 or 4 books going at once is his MO.

  16. Denise

    I am far from a bookworm and not so much a book hater – I don’t even know if I would think I was in the middle. I do read books, but they have to be short – ish and very interesting in order for me to do so. On book I loved that I read was Me, Myself and Bob – by Phil vischer, the creater of veggie tales. It was very good, I am also a big fan of “mom books” I said yesterday, but I just read a book called Taking Care of the Me in Mommy – very good.

    I heart you

  17. Crissy

    I would have to confess to being a bookworm! I love to read too! I don’t think that I can narrow down just a couple there are too many! My son (10) just finished the Narnia series, that made my heart happy!

  18. Mindy May

    I LOVE TO READ! Instead of listing my favorite books I will list my favorite authors …. that is easier.
    Karen Kingsbury – the Redemption series is amazing but I love all of her books
    Francine Rivers – Redeeming Love and The Atonement Child
    Nicholas Sparks – all of his books
    James Patterson – Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas and Sam’s Letters to Jennifer

  19. Sandi G

    Hmm, yes, definitely a bookworm. I have to hold myself back from starting a book if I know something important is coming up. Like right now, I’m a teacher and school is starting so I’ve forced myself to refrain from picking up a book. If I did, nothing else would get done.

    My hubby is a classics bookworm (yuck! I say bring on the Christian fiction) 🙂 However, I secretly love that he loves classics…kinda romantic and sexy that he enjoys the intellectual challenge.

    My one-year-old seems to be a total bookworm too – yay! He starts crying if we stop reading books because it’s bedtime. Plus, we have books for him in each room and he loves to pull them out and flip through them endlessly. It’s one of the few times he sits still during the day!

    Thank you, Lord, for inventing authors and books!

  20. Carolyn

    I hear ya about reading! I’m definitely a bookworm – one of the reasons I went for a Master’s in Library Science.:)

    My favorite book is “Blind Your Ponies” by Stanley Gordon West, a contemporary fiction story set in a small town in Montana about a high school teacher regaining his courage, a basketball team and wonderful characters in small town life. Couldn’t put it down!!

  21. Jen Griffin

    I am a bookworm!! Shan says in my free(free…not really) time I am either on the computer or reading.

    I love Karen Kingsbury books. I enjoy reading with the boys…The Kingdom Series has me hooked just as much as Noah.

    “Fresh Faith” by Cymbala is another favorite.

    “the great gatsby” was the first book I loved!!

  22. Cheryl

    I truly enjoy reading, though I’m not sure I’m at bookworm status-probably close though. Also, like you, I’m not a big fan of concerts (I actually like classical best)-and I married a musician 🙂

    I don’t read books as often as I could either and usually more non-fiction when I do (blogs, newsletters and surfing randomly seem to fill my time), but I do like everything by Mitch Albom so far.

    Enjoy your bookworm nerdyness. Nothin wrong with that 🙂

  23. Rachel

    I love to read. I don’t do it nearly as often as I would like, but, like you, I’d rather read than anything. I’d read all day long if I could! Now I feel like going to the library…

  24. joyce

    Definitely a bookworm! And I’ve read Guernsey…and loved it too. And my kids are both bookworms which started young but it grew as they grew so maybe that’s how it will be with yours.

    Not sure I could ever list a favorite but if I absolutely must it would be a book I read as a child that I love to periodically go back and re-read-Anne of Green Gables. I love words and that book is full of fabulous words!

    I’m excited because in a couple of weeks my husband and I are going to visit friends who’ve moved to Prince Edward Island and I’ll finally get to see the Anne house and the play they do up there.

    Anyway, my mom was a librarian and we grew up with stacks of books around the house and my parents read alot and I think those are two keys to having kids who read.

    Oh, I love the Mitford series too…check them at if you haven’t already…by Jan Karon

  25. Hannah

    I devour them. Put one in my path and it’s gone in seconds. I have just jumped on to the ‘fantasy’ bandwagon mainly because those stories NEVER END and I hate it when you read a good book and it ends!! I just want to keep reading!

    My company has published Guernsey in Australia and I’m so happy that so many people are loving it in the US too. I have read it multiple times and the charming-ness of the characters never wanes. Love it.

  26. janelle taviano

    without trying to seem “holier than thou” – which if you know me, YOU KNOW I am not…I only like to read to be closer and know more about the LORD…so, I am not a book worm…but I love to be absorbed in the depth of learning about HIM…in all kinds of books…but more with Scripture and taking you straight to Him. Cabin, dock …& the Holy Spirit speaking + a good book ? It doesn’t get any better than that. The worm part would be that the book is the bait to get you closer to God. And I LOVE concerts…so what am I ……..blah !

  27. Jamie Nygaard

    I REALLY wish that I would love to read , but it’s just NOT in me! I recall going to camp with my 2 closest friends and they would sit there and ‘devour’ multiple books, while I played cards.

  28. Risha

    Definitely a bookworm! I have loved reading since I was able to do so. Sadly, my husband is not a book-lover either. At all. He’d rather do anything than read. Me, I just wish I had time to read like I used to.

    I definitely can’t list just one favorite book. Mostly, I get attached to authors I like and try to read all of their books. I’ve been mostly a fiction-reader for most of my life, but over the past several years I’ve been reading more nonfiction. (I think I have motherhood to thank for that- I’m a sucker for parenting books, mommy books, wife books, etc).

    Anyways, I LOVE Ted Dekker. Amazing. Brilliant. The way he weaves a plot blows my mind. Francine Rivers. John Grisham. Davis Bunn’s thrillers. Oh dear, it’s too late for me to keep going. But I’d much rather read than go to a concert, too.

  29. Emily Kay

    ‘Nother thought:

    It’s sad though that since I’ve become a mom I seem to have so much less time for reading. In fact, over the past 2 years I’ve probably only read 5 or 6 books. (Well, except for when I was pregnant-sick with Kirk and read the ENTIRE Left Behind series during Shiphrah’s naptimes. :D)

  30. Emily Kay

    Your books!!

    Haha, seriously though (not to say yours aren’t amazing!) I LOVE TO READ too. I actually got grounded when I was younger for reading too much. 🙂 I can’t pick out a favorite, but some of my fondest memories are of my dad’s dramatic readings of the Chronicles of Narnia. So I’m going to say those. 🙂

  31. Meredith

    My book club just voted on the Guernsey book as our next read. I’ve heard GREAT things about it so I’m excited to read it.

    My favorite book is Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Have you read it?

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