The Reader

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Despite what my husband believes, I did actually teach myself to read at age four.  I had not memorized the books, but I had learned enough word recognition to get me going and I guess I figured out the rest.  I have not stopped since.

My parents fall into that category of awesome parents who read to their children all the time.  My grandparents did it with them, and they did it with us.  At one point in my childhood, I bragged that I could always identify a wrapped present as a book because I got them so often.  From then on, books came wrapped in shoe boxes to keep my ego small and my bookshelves heavy.  Through the importance they placed on it, they instilled a love for literature that reaches my very core.  The boxes and boxes of books that I have collected over my twenty-some years attest to my adulation of literature.

When I started this blog in 2012, I did so mainly as a way to personally log what I read and my thoughts about those choices.  I set a goal for myself to read 52 books that year - one per week.  I surpassed that goal by 2, reading more than 22,000 pages along the way.  While on that journey, I rediscovered my love for writing through this blog.  In 2013, I started a new challenge; I hope to read every book on Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels

I love this blog and the opportunities it has and continues to open for me in my "real life."  People are always asking me for a book recommendation and I am happy to oblige.  One of my greatest joys is fitting the right book with the right person - particularly when that person is my husband.  I guarantee you can find at least one book here that you will enjoy.  I read a bit of everything, and always have something new to suggest.  If you are looking for a personalized recommendation, just contact me and I'll be happy to help you out.  I truly believe that reading is one of the greatest activities in which we can engage.  I am confident that there is a book out there for everyone - it's just a matter of finding it.

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