Friday, September 10, 2010

Books and More Books!

I have loved reading since I was in the third grade. I lived in a small town, where I was allowed to ride my bicycle to the library, and check out as many books as the library limit would allow. These I would take home, and finding a quiet spot, I'd read for hours, until my Mom would call me for lunch, or supper, or chores. In a day or two, I'd be riding back to the library for another basketful of books, and on and on, throughout the summer. The characters in those stories became my friends, and taught me many things.

But long before I was able to read to myself, my sweet mother would read aloud to me and my sisters. During the summer, we would push a baby buggy down the street to the library, where we'd fill it with picture books, and push it home again, ready for an afternoon of adventure. The Sneeches, the Elves and the Shoemaker, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow, Flicka, Ricka and Dicka, and many, many more became a part of my childhood. I look back on those carefree days with such gratefulness. This poem says it all:

You may have tangible wealth untold;

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be--

I had a mother who read to me.

(Last stanza of The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan)


  1. As you may know, i am not really into the blog thing. But I went to yours and LOVED it. I have always wanted a resource like this. Useful and trustworthy.
    I read all the reviews, and now have added 2 books to my must read list.


  2. Thanks for letting me know about your new blog. I look forward to many great reviews...and great books to the future.

    Love you!

  3. This looks great Dawn. I love to read too and will greatly enjoy your reviews. This will be a wonderful resource for everyone looking for something "new" to read. And thanks for the books you are letting me borrow, I am about 3/4 of the way through the GreatPhysians RX. and thanks for the sweet note you typed and stuck in a book.

  4. Another tip: you can go to and sign up to review their new releases. The books are from Thomas Nelson Publishers. You sign up, they approve your account and then you pick the book you want to review. They send you the book for free and tell you when the book review has to be blogged about. You post the link to your blog and also copy it to a "public" review site such as Amazon. After its published, you can pick the next book. The book I reviewed last week was "Out Live Your Life", the newest book by Max Lucado. AND you get to keep the book!!!!!!!!