Saturday, May 3, 2008


Greetings! Lest you think I'm some kind of simpleton, I read books other than those written for children. (Although I did just read Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and LOVED it, especially the descriptions of how Pa built that snug little house.) So what else will I talk about in my blog? It will probably evolve into something naturally as time goes on--I'm not sure what-- but I want to keep writing and recording my thoughts. One thing's for sure, while I may talk about certain books, I' ll never tell you which books to read; I dislike it when people tell me to read a certain book, even if it IS a good one. I don't usually read bestsellers when they are "hot". I prefer to make my own choices, and NOT choose what's being hyped at the moment. So, I resist, I rebel, in my own quiet way. I browse the book stores, the "real" ones and the virtual ones, and venture to the library. I skim book reviews, to learn about new books, and for clues and insights to aid my choices. I take my time choosing what I 'll read. More often than not, I'm surprised at how much I end up enjoying a particular book I chose to read.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments.


  1. Susan, have you thought about how technology might change how we read? Already the internet gives us a lot of choices, and Amazon has a new reading electronic device called the Kindle, which I heard was selling quite well. Your thoughts?

  2. Kindle sounds like a great way to save space. What do you do when your book shelves are all filled? (I donate to the library and sell some.) Because Kindle is wireless, you can read anywhere, anytime. Kindle is supposed to be easier to read than actual book pages.

  3. Love the Little House them as a child and as an adult. Another childhood book to re-visit is Where the Red Fern Grows.I could read that one again too..
    Enjoying your blog space Susan!

  4. Christie, thanks for your comments! I'm enjoying writing my blog and truly appreciate your comments--how boring if I had a one-way conversation with myself!
    I read Where the Red Fern Grows, too, as a child, and am sure I'd enjoy reading it again. There is so much classic children's literature out there.

  5. Love the blog. I am a huge reader of children's books (professional must) and Sharon Creech is one of my favorites. Walk Two Moons had me crying and laughing all in one book. I loved Salamanca's grandparents. I am currently finishing The Giver by Lois Lowry (Newberry) and it is a thinker! Recently some teen books have caught my attention, specifically a series called Twilight by Stephanie Myers. It is this whole vampires and werewolf deal which is outside my genre of choice but fabulous. It is amazing how book talks lead to more reading which leads to more book talks and so on. Oliver mentioned Stephen King to Shanell a few years back and she is now devouring everything he ever wrote...all from a book talk!

  6. Karen, you have given the kids so many wonderful books over the years, and I thank you! What an incredible journey books take you on!!

  7. As an adult reader one of my favorite Laura Ingallls Wilder books is West from Home, Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915. They were letters written to her when she travelled to the World Exposition in SF. I was intrigued with the descriptions of what was on display, in particular the Tower of Jewels. Would you like to exchange West from Home and The Mulvaneys for a couple of weeks?

  8. I'd like that, Lori. Great idea!

  9. I am reading Little House books again. I read them to my boys a few years ago, and now that Penelope is four, we are starting over and currently reading Little House in the Big Woods.


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