Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Books, Books

I'm a pretty big fan of reading. Ever since I can remember one of my most favorite things to do is to cuddle up with a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of wine and read and read and read. Read until you realize you've been reading for 4 hours straight, though it feels like it's only been an hour. Read until you are so connected, so intertwined with the characters of a book that you feel as if you've known them your whole life. Read until your husband tells you you need to get some more sleep.

I have a habit. Some may call it nasty, others may call it awesome. I need to read before I can go to sleep. It can be for an hour or just 10 minutes. This usually means that I am up much later than my husband. I am naturally a night owl, but this reading habit only exaggerates that. We learned early on in our marriage that the beside lamp needed to be placed on my side of the bed because I would be the one turning it off every night. Now, this habit isn't 100% 7 nights a week. There are times when I am so exhausted that I just fall straight into bed. There are other situations too...but I won't talk about those. Anyways...most of the time, I need to read before I can sleep.

But reading doesn't happen only at bedtime. Joe and I used to have "reading" dates when we were dating. We'd go to a coffee shop or bookstore and spend our time reading. Wait, we still do this for some dates. Mostly because it's cheap and enjoyable for both of us. When I was nursing Azalia I would read to help pass the time (this girl was a s.l.o.w. eater).

I'm positive I get this love, this voracity for reading from my mother (Among other things I inherited from my mother, such as late-night Law and Order and a strong dislike for cleaning). I remember watching her read these long, epic stories and wanting to read them too. My mother had me reading The Client when I was in 4th grade because other books were too easy. Every book she would recommend I would devour. This continues to this day. She and I like to exchange books we've just finished and I frequently will purchase books with her in mind. Almost every time she comes to visit she will tell me about a new book she heard about and wants to read. I love this aspect of our relationship.

All of this leads me to this: Joe and I have made books a permanent category in our budget. We've been really disciplined (well...Joe more than me) about setting a budget each month. One category in that budget is "blow money". So I guess you could say that "books" is a subcategory in the "blow money" category. Either way, we have decided that part our spending money will be spent on books. There are many reasons for this. I'm a collector and one of the things I collect is books. We want our daughter (and future children) to be surrounded with good literature. And we have some pretty awesome built-in bookcases in our living room that need more books to display.

So this is where you come in. Recommend a book to me. Recommend a few. Help us build our library please! I am a fan of fiction, though Joe really loves non-fiction. But I will read just about anything as long as it is quality. Quality, people.

Here is a sampling of our library:

These are some of my favorites....

Some more...

And we can't forget this guy...


  1. Mark and I will have to work on a list for you. We love books and before we had three children to distract us, would read all the time. There was even a time when we "ignored" the children reading Harry Potter. Bad parents.

  2. I've finally started reading more often. I read constantly as a kid but it's fallen by the wayside as an adult. Then I turned to practical non-fiction for a long time but lately I've been reading a lot of fun, light-hearted fiction novels. I'll try to think of possible referrals. Thanks for the new post!

  3. I couldn't see the images very clearly, but here are some of my favorites:

    -"1984," George Orwell
    -"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," Patrick Süskind
    -"Lord of the Flies," William Golding
    -"Anna Karenina," Leo Tolstoy

    -"Systematic Theology," Louis Berkhof
    -"The Pauline Eschatology," Geerhardus Vos (dense and meaty and full of untransliterated dead languages, but SO worth it)
    -"Triumph of the Lamb," Dennis Johnson
    -"Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers," John Owen (Taylor and Kapic's edition is the best)
    And, for Bible study's sake,
    -"The IVP Bible Background Commentary," NT: Craig Keener; OT: Walton, Matthews, Chavalas