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.


Lisa Lou said...

I love those books. And hearing about them again makes me want to read them again. I got them all for christmas a long long time ago and keep forgetting to take them from my parent's house whenever I visit. I'll have to remember one of these days!

Kathy Haynie said...

Vati went to the library last month and checked out "Little House in the Big Woods" to read to the grandkids at bedtime. Even though he's not very far into it yet, he's been enjoying it. He hadn't read the books before, but when he asked me for a good chapter book to read to the kids, I knew just what to tell him!

Remember the Betsy, Tacy, and Tibbs books? Or did I just read those to Polly?

Kendra said...

Katie, you are so funny! Your blogs always add a bit of humor to my day. Not that this blog was humorous, but it made me smile to think about all those books I was so fond of just a decade ago.

Marae said...

this has nothing to do with little house
but we DO need all of those things like walks and smoothies and i'm sorry but my mom threw away the big undies.
it might make you happy to know that elise is keeping the BSR alive and takes lots of people on it. she even makes bracelets for them afterward.

Katie Lewis said...

Mom- Yes I remember the Betsy, Tacy, and Tibb books. I don't really remember the stories, but I remember that you read them to me. Maybe those will be next on my list.

Kendra (Ween)- I don't think I knew you were reading my blog. Haha. Hello!

Marae- I am very sad that your mother threw away the large underwear. How dare her. At least Elianta has her priorities straight.

Holly Mayer said...

I love those books! I once took care of a lady and would read her part of the book every night.
Ohh now I want top read them too.

ali said...

those books are soo good! i've been told that i look like laura ingalls wilder so that pretty much makes me happy haha