Thursday, November 29, 2012

Being a reader

In this post: Booking Through Thursday and Thursday Thirteen

"I love BEING a reader and simply can’t imagine what it’s like to go through life without being one. Am I the only one who feels this way? That wonders at how other people can simply NOT do something that should be so essential?
Who feels almost sad that so many people seem content to go through their lives without stretching their mental wings at all?
Can you imagine NOT being a Reader? How does it shape your life? Your perception of it? How does being a Reader affect your relationship with all those folks who are looking at it from the other side and simply can’t understand how you can sit and READ all the time?"
When I hit a new age milestone last year I made a review of my life from the time I left college. It was an action-packed life, and somewhere in the last decade I felt something was not quite right. Now I realize it was the time when I was not reading anything other than those I had to because they go with the job.

Sad? I have always tried to do something more than just feel sad. If it's within my power and right to influence others to read - I do it. Family is right on top. A nephew is expected to read before he comes to me for monetary favor. The son has to have something to do with a book if he wants to get new toys. Le Boyfriend. If I ever have one, it will be awesome if he loves to read. If he does not then he has to at least recognize that it's part of me or be tolerant of the fact.  Students come next. They probably must have grown tired of my READ PEOPLE READ sermon already. But it's always a blast every time there's evidence that efforts are working.

Reading helped me survive a personal crisis. Should I face a challenge or deal with some kind of drama in the future, I know a better option than either a pricey shrink, a morphine shot or a gun shot.

Thursday 13: Quotations about reading. The photos are from a site called where you can "bookmark your favorite images and share them with everyone." Now it's Pinterest, right? The URL below each photo leads to their sources. I claim no ownership, just inspiration in how they look with the quotations and in sharing them.


 2. Untitled / Lauren Treece


4. Beauty of childhood / via ver2go (tumblr)

5. Sisters / Mig_R

6. 163 / 365 - Felix Felicis / Noukka Signe


8. Charles Edward Perugini, World Gallery

9. oung-Girl-Reading-Print-C10032525.jpeg

10. Young Woman Reading By A Window, Delphin Enjolras

11. Pietro Magni’s marble statue The Reading Girl

12. Book of Fairy Tales... by *louvre89 on deviantART

13. Reading blurbs @ Dasa Book Cafe, February 2011


  1. I like your answer. I think sometimes the reason people don't like to read is because of some of the required reading forced on us at school. I think there is a genre out there for everyone. I know if I had to read just one genre of books I would become very bored, so I say find what interests you and enjoy your reading experience.

  2. John Waters! I love him! And I agree with reading things which challenge us - a little fluff is fine, but you grow a little more with each challenging book you read.

    But then again, I can't imagine *not* reading. I can't imagine a life without books by my bed, on my kitchen table, in my living room - wherever - it would just seem like such an empty existence!

  3. I can't imagine a life without books, or without reading. It would be such an empty existence without books waiting for me by my bed, on my kitchen table, in my living room by the window with the best light...

  4. Love those quotes and images. I like the one about comparing reading to "lighting a spark." I guess I can see why the Amazon e-reader is a "kindle." And I named my Kindle "Sparky."

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  5. The pictures and quotes were great!

  6. I love your answer and the quote pictures you included!!! Well said.
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  7. I love the quote reading brings us unknown friends.

  8. I wonder if an elephant gets the reading thing. It's something to consider.

    Have a great Thursday!

  9. I'm a retired librarian. What a lovely list. Although it's not true we went into library work because we love books--we love power, and you know the saying, "Knowledge is power." Oh, and for the money, too.

  10. Reading a book is something I haven't done in a long time and I've got several books in queue but I've been so busy lately.

  11. I've always loved--and often cite--the Wilde quote. Fine list.

  12. Love your pictures and quotes. And I absolutely love that you've made reading a requirement for the son and nephew. That's cool!

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