I haven’t always had the time or desire to read many books in my life, despite what my older brothers might say who called me a “bookworm.” They only said this because they never picked up a book. However, over the last year I have been diligently striving to become a reader. The reason? There are many, but mostly because of the following:
And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. – Doctrine and Covenants 88:118
… and study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people. – Doctrine and Covenants 90:15
While I don’t know if I am seeking out the best books, I am at least trying to get acquainted with some books.
I find that reading makes me feel much more productive. I am doing something to better myself, even if what I am reading is just a novel. But, I am expanding my mind at least a little. It is also something I can easily pick and put down as I watch my children play in the living room. And while they don’t always let me read more then a paragraph and I sometimes have to reread a paragraph many times, I can still manage to read several pages during the day. And if I want I can read more during naptime. Josh has also been working more in the evenings, thanks to his handy dandy laptop, so I am left to entertain myself. Reading has been a great thing! It’s fun, easy, relaxing, and I believe a good use of time, better than watching TV (which we don’t have cable anyways), a movie (which I like to watch with Josh), or dumbly surfing the internet (and I do plenty of that during the day as it is…). I feel like reading is in part filling those commandments to read good books.
Since moving to our new place, I am now a member of two different book clubs, one from my old ward and one from my new ward. I still haven’t gone to the one at our new ward, but I hope to soon. But, having two book clubs gives me at least two different books I can read that month, even though both book clubs read the same book (what are the chances?) this last month: The Poisonwood Bible. Not my favorite, but it was semi-educational about the Congo.
Besides the books from book clubs I get some good recommendations from friends and use GoodReads.com to see what some of my bookworm friends read and like. Also, when I am between books, I can also just pick up a book on our very own bookshelf at home! The nice thing about a marriage is that you both bring things into it, like books! That’s how I read Go Forward with Faith: The Biography of Gordon B. Hinckely, Standing for Something, Believing Christ, Mafia to Mormon, and the Life of Pi, all of which have been excellent books. Josh loves reading even if he hasn’t had the time or the right book to do it in a while. In fact Josh told me when we were dating, oh so long ago, that he looked forward to the day when he and his wife could both just be sitting in a room reading books.
My friend Hillary has been wonderful and has taken me to the library (and playgroup!) almost every week since we moved here. She takes her four year old to the pre-school story time and I let my girls play in the children’s area for an hour. I get a new “Baby Bunny Books Bag” from the library for the girls to read and they love it! They love new books and I love that I can get a whole new slew of baby friendly books just by asking the librarian at the desk. No searching for books! I also have been trying out some various DVDs for the girls. We have a grand total of 2 baby-approved DVDs that we own, both of which are Sesame Street (which is a good thing). We try hard not to let our girls watch more than about 40 minutes of TV a day, if any at all, and try to make sure it’s educational in some way. So, I’ve been trying to spice up their TV viewing (which also benefits me by not having those same songs in my head again).
I have also tried my hand at using at-home workout DVDs. The first week there I got a dance workout video, which I used at least twice… And this last time I got the workout DVD I have heard so much about – P90X! The public library has the complete P90X program, some 13 DVDs. Crazy! So I couldn’t pass up getting it and seeing what it is all about… but I have yet to put in a DVD! I guess you could say I lack motivation to exercise… Maybe that will be my goal for next year…
What have you been reading? What do you like to get from the public library? Please help out this new-found reader.
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