There’s something special about a good book. The lines between fiction and real life get blurred. You feel like you really know the characters and miss their company when you’re finished reading. You almost don’t want their story to end because you hate saying goodbye.

A good book can take over your life. “Just one more chapter” becomes “is it really 2 am?” You abandon things like knitting, crochet, sewing, blogging — even laundry. You’ll be hunched over your book in the living room and hear grumbles from the kitchen that “there’s nothing in this house to eat.”

summer reading

I’m not the only one in the house bitten by the book worm. The first day of summer vacation my daughter insisted we go to the library to sign up for the reading program. A librarian had visited school and my daughter knew exactly where to go and what to do. She picked out her books and announced that she was ready to get her own library card.

Once home, she quickly finished her picture books and picked up Judy Moody, Girl Detective. I should have seen it coming, but I was surprised on our next visit that she didn’t even want to look in the picture book section. One chapter book and my girl was hooked. We came home with another Judy Moody, a few Cam Jansens and a Little House.

And so it begins: reading at the table, in the car, before going to bed. “Just one more chapter, Mama!” “Can I just finish this page?”

summer reading

I’ve finally come back to reality. The laundry is folded and the pantry has been restocked. I’ve got an untouched stack of craft books that need to be read before their due date. Friends are having babies this summer and I’ve got to start on gifts. Time to get back in the world of non-fiction and get some things done!

My daughter, on the other hand, is a lost cause. I’m so happy for her.

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6 Responses to a bookish kind of summer

  1. Nancy Richard says:

    She`ll never be bored.

  2. Grandmommy and Granddaddy says:

    How wonderful! Happy summer, Mirabella.

  3. Gégette says:

    reading is so wonderfull !!!

  4. Cindy says:

    The enthusiasm on your daughter’s face is so sweet. It’s wonderful that she is a young bookworm!

  5. Anna says:

    Oh what a beautiful gift. Reading has taken me on so many great adventures and taught me so much. I can’t help but fee wistful around the edges and also offer up a prayer that child number four will one day share these joys.

  6. Cindy Bee says:

    I love reading and I agree whole heartedly. I hate for some stories to end…especially those by Dorothea Benton Frank. I love her South Carolina low country stories. Hmmm, I think I best head to the library. Good…no GREAT, for your daughter! I have an neice that loves to read. I told her Mom,”Finally…someone that takes longer at Barnes and Noble than I do!”

    Cindy Bee