I had to reflect a little on my reading history...
When I was younger (5th-8th grades) I read all. the. time. My dad could barely keep up. For whatever reason he didn't ever take me to the library. Apparently it was just easier to take me to the local book store at the time and let me pick out a book or two. This was a weekly or a twice a week visit and I would still find days with nothing new to read.
As I entered high school and assigned more reading and finding new hobbies and activities my desire to read dwindled. It was also during this time that I realized that reading in a vehicle caused motion sickness. It was something that I had never experienced before but it cut down the time that I normally had to read. However, I had some phenomenal teachers in high school and felt that I was fairly well read... more on that later.
The story continues into college. Reading was assigned and nothing for fun. At this point in my life reading outside of things assigned did not seem appealing. Anything but reading. Sad.
I think later I got caught up in reading a lot of heavy spiritual things for classes that I took while I was on staff with CRU. It's not that they were bad but reading something light and fun rarely crossed my path. When I married I was introduced to people that were extremely well read. I could barely hang with them. I realized that I had also missed out on some pretty awesome classics - Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, etc. I wondered why? Then it hit me that my very liberal, feminist (although I love her dearly) high school teacher would not have approved of some of the story lines that these authors presented. Again, sad.
More and more I am convicted that while I want to produce readers and see the desire at different levels in my girls... I am no longer a reader. I must recover what was lost. I've cut down on the time I waste playing games or dinking around. I am looking into the lists I have made and would like to tackle them. I am also wanting to find more interesting books for my girls. I desire to make the library a habit and familiar place for them.
So, readers... suggest books... classics or otherwise. I'll let you know if I've read them or not. However, I cannot do things that are overly violent or overly sexual in content... I'll stop and drop anything that are too much in that area for me. Just an FYI... and thanks for joining me!