Thursday, April 21, 2022

Just One More Chapter

Continuing today with the April A-Z Blog Challenge...

Day 18-R is for Reading

It wouldn't be a true collection of 'a few of my favorite things' without mentioning reading. It's my favorite pastime, and case in point-on Thursday mornings I have a volunteer commitment, but I told myself as soon as I got home I'd get today's post written. That was over three hours ago and I'm just now getting round to blogging. 

I needed to finish a book first. 

I didn't mean to finish the book, it just kind of happened. One page leads to another, then another, and if you know you know. Hi people who love to read and never judge people who don't do the things they should be doing because they're in the middle of a good book. 

I've written several posts with reading as a theme so thought I'd do something different here today. I found a reading survey on a blog (linked here) that was written quite a few years ago, but still feels current.  I'm going to answer the questions asked there as part of today's post. Feel free to play along-

When did you start reading for pleasure? 

Hmmm...I have always read for pleasure. I can't remember a time when I didn't love books and have a stack waiting to be read. I grew up with a mom who loved to read and who read aloud to us kids far beyond the point where we could read for ourselves. That's one of the ways to raise a reader. Read. 

What popular book did you dislike? 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What book should everybody read?

This question is hard, because books hit you differently depending on what season of life you're in. I think if you haven't read some of the 'classics' you will miss out on references in both the spoken and written word taken from those works which are now part of our shared language. Pride and Prejudice, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Alice's Adventures In Wonderland would be some I'd recommend. 

What genre do you never read? Why? 

Comic books/graphic novels. Why? There are far too many great books out there in genres I do love. This one is not my cup of tea. 

What's your favorite book? 

Impossible to say. A few of my favorites are-Anne of Green Gables, Charlottes Web, The Pillars of the Earth, The Prince of Tides, 1000 Splendid Suns, and Where The Red Fern Grows. 

Whenever I'm asked this question my mind always goes back to childhood favorites. 

If you could have a pint with one author, dead or alive, who would it be?

Pat Conroy or C.S. Lewis. They're two of my favorites. 

Where is the best place to read?

Anywhere really, but if I get to choose then my porch on a not-too-hot summer day. 

Who's your favorite book character?

Anne (with an e). That's Anne of Green Gables in case you're not a reader. It's never too late to become one, you know! My mother first read this book to my sister and I when we were in elementary school and it has never left me. This book has provided plenty of 'scope for the imagination' all my life. If you aren't familiar with that phrase you should read the book. 

What book death hit you the hardest?

Dan and Ann in Where The Red Fern Grows. I've read this book many times and obviously know how it ends. Still cry every time. 

Which book world would you like to live in? 

The town of Mitford sounds nice. 

What are you currently reading? 

We Begin at the End by Chris Whittaker

What book has been on your TBR list the longest? Why? 

I haven't read all of the Harry Potter Books. I know!! I read the first one and feel like I should read them all, but when it's time to choose a new book I always go for something else. I've seen all the movies (and yes, I know that's not the same thing!), but I think that might be what keeps me from plowing through all the books.

So tell me something you've read lately that you've really loved. 


  1. Ha I'm so with you on this topic. I love to read but only recently discovered the joy of Anne of Green Gables. Not sure how I missed that growing up. I have read all the Harry Potter books - the kids all loved them and since then I've watched the films. You might find them interesting again when your Grandsons are old enough to enjoy them. I try not to watch the film version before I've read the book. Took me ages to get through Lord of the Rings and then I binge watched the films. There was a new list published recently for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee which had books from each of the relevant decades. I am ashamed to say that out of the list of 70 I've read only 5. There might be a challenge in there somewhere lol.

  2. I love to read too. It takes precedence over pretty much anything (cleaning-always) except time with the grands. I was a teacher for 32 years and spent time every day reading chapter books to my fifth graders. They loved it as much as I did. My son-in-law was one of my students and tells me that my reading to them inspired him and his best friend to read more. I still bump into former students who will tell me their favorite book from 5th grade. It does my heart good to hear things like that!

  3. No judgement here :-) I'm doing an entire A-Z about books!

    Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: R

  4. I will join you in MItford, please!! Pillars of the Earth is a favorite. You have talked me into downloading Anne of Green Gables. I've never read it (or Little Women). I have read all of the Harry Potter books though and only watched the first movie. I am a reader and have been since 1st grade. I enjoyed your R post!! xo