reading | it makes the world go round?!

I’ve traveled the world twice over,
Met the famous; saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I’ve been where no-one’s been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books.
~ Anonymous ~

A little over 4 years ago, I jaunted into the Nashville West End Border’s and purchased The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. That day changed my life. I starting reading, and not just leisurely but avidly! Since that day I have read over 225 books (I know this because I have kept track on since 2006). I discovered the Nashville Public Library system REAL quick. There is no way on our measly income to purchase all those books, and I didn’t want to own all of them. There are a few select that I will buy or request on PaperBack Swap.

Reading is empowering – I have learned about Afghanistan through the eyes of a child, the Chinese custom of footbinding, the outrageous life of bounty hunter in Trenton, Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, memories of a boy solider in Sierre Leone, life as a young girl during Biblical times, the leprosy colonies on Honolulu island in the 1890s, the struggles to get schools specifically for girls in Pakistan, the events leading up to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, in-depth look at how our food, specifically meat, is produced in our country and many many more! My hope to the readers of this blog is that you have books that you look back fondly of and have learned something from them.

Here is a small sampling of four books I read this past winter. These are four that have stood out to me and that I would recommend to any of my readers (okay maybe not E-Myth Revisted unless you have plans or are already in business).

Here is my entire list on Feel free to browse what I have read.

Jaidean - May 9, 2010 - 10:04 pm

I just got into reading again (used to love to read when I was little and then college and life got in the way)…forgot how much I loved it! So relaxing. I will have to put those bottom three books on my to read list on goodreads…don’t think they are yet!

Maegan Dougherty - May 11, 2010 - 9:42 pm

The only thing I read anymore is my Blackberry. I miss books. I did buy one recently at the airport and…you know what…I’m going to put it in my bag, so I can start in on the bus ride to work tomorrow! The Red Tent and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are two of my all time faves. How great that you’ve kept this list. It helped me remember a lot of books I enjoyed!

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