Nov 19, 2009

My love for the written word

I am thankful for reading. For awhile I was a literacy tutor for adults and my student (when we started he was 28), was reading at a fifth grade reading level. He improved more than two grade levels in the year and a half we met, and I couldn't have been prouder. It was an incredibly humbling experience; two of his goals were to learn how to write a check, and be able to read the label on a bottle of prescription medicine.

So today, instead of stopping to smell the roses, I am stopping to smell the books. Ahhh.

(This is how reading makes me feel)

Frederick Douglass said, "Once you learn to read you will be forever free." I couldn't agree more. I've been trying to make more time for myself lately - and part of that is taking more time to read. And with that, a little reading update.

I am proud to say that since my last Busy Bookworm Challenge update I have finished four books!

Books I've read in 2009
  1. Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  2. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (for a review click here)
  3. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (for a review click here)
  4. What Happens In London by Julia Quinn
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown
  7. The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
  8. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  9. The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King
  10. The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
  11. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  12. Rattled!: A Memoir by Christine Coppa
  13. The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham (for a review click here)
  14. Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos (for a review click here)
  15. The Giver by Lois Lowry (for a review click here)
  16. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  17. See You In A Hundred Years by Logan Ward (for a review click here)
Books still to read by the end of 2009
  1. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  3. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (My goal is to start this book in 2009!)
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I know I have a lot left on my to read list, and realistically I won't finish them all this year, but I'm going to prioritize and try to finish at least half of them. (Review of The Kite Runner coming later today!)

What about you dear readers? How are you coming on your own busy bookworm challenge? Do you love reading as much as I do? (Sometimes I wonder if anyone does!) What are you thankful for today?

(Photo: Let Me Help You Help Me)


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I think we are two peas in a pod when it comes to reading (and other things, of course!). I absolutely adore reading! I have always been a bookworm! I can remember devouring Babysitter Book Club books when I was a kid and I still read with the same passion & excitement as an adult!

I am working on Pride & Prejudice - have about 100 pages left. After that I am going to read "Traveling w/ Pomegranates" and then a book I won quite awhile ago from a book giveaway that Amber hosted.

Happy Reading!!

Emily Ward said...


Water for Elephants is a very endearing quick read which would be great for the plane ride. Love in the Time of Cholera is in my top three favorite books of all time and it has been in that position long before they made a crappy movie out of it. *No, I couldn't list the other two in my top three. "Top three" is more of a phrase to express my passion and love for something than an actual list*

Tracie Nall said...

I love reading! I am going to visit my mom this weekend and one of the best things about a 6 hour plane ride is all the free reading time!! (well, technically not free, I payed about $500 dollars for that reading time, but you know what I mean!)

Amber said...

I adore reading. I don't do enough of it while I'm in school but I can't wait to be DONE school and start reading way more!!

val pal :) said...

you make me smile.

and i love to read too. i wish i could read more, and do other, less interesting things that shall remain unsaid less.


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