Monday, June 15, 2009
What I'm Reading
When I look at the rest of your blogs I find your book lists to be much more intellectual-sounding. But there's no use in trying to pretend to be something I'm not (an intellectual reader, that is). I love children's novels, especially when they come in a series.
The Provo City Library adult summer reading program has started again and Bryan and I joined up. We had such a fun experience with it last summer that we thought we'd do it again. Last summer I read the whole Chronicles of Narnia series. I remember starting The Magician's Nephew once when I was young, but I was very confused by the time I got to the wood between the worlds and, as I recall, I set the book aside and never picked it back up again. So last summer I finally picked it back up and read through the whole series. I loved it! I don't love reading, but I do love a good story. I think children's novels are good for me because it doesn't take long to get through a book and the stories are always great.
This summer I've started reading the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I've already read Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie. I'm now into On the Banks of Plum Creek and I'm almost done with it. Unlike the Narnia books, I have read all of the Little House books before. Well, sort of. I remember my mom reading them to me before bed time when I was little. But it's been a long time and I only have a few memories of the stories and since I bought the whole series for pretty cheap last summer I thought I'd read them again. So far I'm really enjoying it.
As a little girl I think I just loved the stories for what they were, but as a young adult and a new expecting mother I find myself bouncing back and forth between being able to relate to Laura and her mother. I'm simply amazed at all the work this family did. I can't get out of my head all the work the entire process was just to make cheese (Little House in the Big Woods)! But I'm even more impressed at how, although our work has changed, people are still basically the same. I think that's good. I think it just goes to show that technology doesn't make men different, it just makes their work different.
That's all I really have to say about it for now. I'll let you know about other great finds I have while I read about the good ol' days.