Friday, August 21, 2009

confessions of a bookworm

For as long as I can remember, I have been enraptured by books. More specifically, I enjoy reading copious amounts of them at my leisure.

To give you a bit of background, I was once a proud, card-carrying member of the Dallas Public Library which, to my utter delight, my mom would take me to on lazy summer afternoons. I would check out as many books as possible, and devour them in lightening speed. It was such a source of sublime pleasure in my young life, and I look back on those library days with fond memories. I still remember the smell when you walked in, and the push gate entrance that led to glorious rows of literary treasures.

My innate fondness for books has not waned. Actually, it is quite the opposite, and my appetite for the written word is almost insatiable. I adore books of all kind, be it a memoir, faith-based, fiction, autobiography...and the list goes on. I am totally enamored with the English language, and believe it to be a crying shame to resort to curse or slang terms when we have a superfluous supply of words at our disposal.

Be that as it may, I would like to share with you a few of my favorite reads, and I will do so by breaking them into a few categories:

1. Books that challenge me: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian McLerran, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

2. Classics: Emma, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice

3. Modern fiction: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, The Nanny Diaries

4. Memoirs: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, Here if You Need Me by Kate Baestrupp, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

one of my favorite pictures of me reading

This list is just the tip of the iceberg and is by no means exhaustive. I adore the Chronicles of Narnia (read first when I was about 10 years old), the many autobiographies I've read, books I've read for school, books I've read for pleasure. If I attempted to list them all, this post would be ridiculously lengthy.

However, it should be known that Emma is one of my hands-down favorite reads of all time. I feel as though I was born in the wrong time period, because I long for the days of Jane Austen when woman were revered for their ability to carry articulate conversations and "men were men."

Reader question: What is your favorite book? What book do you think I absolutely must read next and why?


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Rachie, for sharing The Secret Message of Jesus with me - it is probably THE most challenging book I have ever read. I have since passed it on to my brother, Mark, who is enjoying it immensely. As far as my personal fave, I will have to think about that. Oh, I also enjoyed The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. I'll get back to you on this one...

RL said...

get back to me on your favorite book...i also forgot to mention The Shack and The Great many books...

Peter and Anne said...

So many favs...The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kinsolver is probably my all-time favorite. I recently read Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and found it hilarious. There are several young adult novels that are A-mazing that you should check out, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Whaletalk by Chris Krutcher and House of the Scorpian by Nancy Farmer are three of my favs there. Enjoy!