a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Monday, April 2, 2012


I love to read. I read less books these days since blogging seems to take up my spare time, but I love immersing myself in a good book.

Favorite book is the Bible. I try to read it every day. Its life changing and true. Give it a try sometime, you won't be disappointed.

Just finished reading The Help.  I didn't see the movie, but wanted to, but saw the book at the library my last visit there so checked it out. Very good book, well written, good story line, lots to think about from that time period.

In eighth grade my three favorite books were A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Joy in the Morning, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I read them over and over and over again itseems. I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn so much that I tried to type it out to save. I didn't get very far in getting it done, a few pages until I realized what a daunting task that would be.

As a freshman in high school, I read Grapes of Wrath several times. I couldn't imagine the conditions at the time.

Favorite types of stories are fiction, contemporary. Favorite authors Jodi Picoult, Anna Quindlen, her book All Three of Them was one of those "can't put them down books", Elizabeth Berg.

Favorite place to get books, the library. I think the best thing a parent can do is expose their child to the library and get them a library card. All those books available to check out for free. So many choices, so many opportunities to learn there.

Place I avoid to get books, Amazon. Too darn easy to order them at reasonable prices and quick delivery.

I've toyed with getting a Nook or a Kindle but right now in the particular season I'm at, having access to a pretty good public library, and not usually on the go with reading, I can't see the advantage for myself having one. That could change down the road, but it is something comforting to curl up on the couch with a good book and a blanket (and a corgi at my feet).


Tara Tyler said...

i've read a few books & still prefer the real thing!
happy b day!

Jeanie said...

This a great post for the letter "B". Having a good book to read and time to read it is such a nice thing. I use both the library and my Kindle. It is always great to have a friend lend me a book they have read and loved.

Sharon said...

I read when I can, but since I do not have the sense to put the book down and do my chores, I need to wait for the "right" time. :-)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Reading is something that is a big part of my life. Whether it is fiction, inspirational or my daily Bible studies that i do, books are definitely a must here. I do have a kindle that I love and have found a lot of free books to enjoy. Right now I've got a dozen shopping bags of books sitting in the front room. I haven't made up my mind whether or not to take them to half price books or just donate them. They are just taking up too much room here. I saved my favorites but the rest have to go.

Karen said...

A-Z blogging sounds fun! :-) And I love books too!

Doreen McGettigan said...

I am still taking in the beautiful bench...what a beautiful place to sit a read..or write.
Like you I have read these classics over and over again. I fall in love more each time.
Good luck with the challenge!

Linda B. said...

A great gift, loving to read! Be fun keeping up with your A-Z challenge. Catch you later. Take care!

Cassam said...

I love reading and have a kindle as well as real books ,don't visit the libray so much anymore.I'd love to read a book sitting on the bench on your photo it looks lovely.Thanks for visiting my blog.

Shelly said...

I love nooks, and I do enjoy my Kindle, although there's nothing like holding a real book in your hands.

Toriz said...

Books, books, and more books... My idea of heaven!

If all I had was reading materials and a way to write, I could be happy! :)

Ro @ Eat Live Move said...

I have a small book addiction. I absolutely LOVE THEM! I like learning and getting lost in a story.

Just like you, children and blogging consumes my free time but when I can read a page or two, I feel like I hit the jackpot!

-Ro @ Eat Live Move: Intuitive Eating from A to Z


To me, heaven on earth is found reading a GOOD book.I love to read. The library used to be the place to do it. Where we live they LOCK the bathrooms, have an armed cop stationed at the door, it's not the kind of nuturing experience it once was. I feel so sorry for young people. Because my home is overrun with books, my husband bought me a Kindle back when he was working. I LOVE it. But I also LOVE reading a book with a spine. Isla Dewar, Veronica Henry and Elizabeth Berg are favorite authors, to name a few. ENJOY your books. Those are some impressive titles you like. Take care.

jack69 said...

As always a good read here at the Bench. I started reading so late in life I have millions of books to read, and have learned to love it. I can remember as a business man going into'BIG business' men's offices and seeing their library. In my mind I thought it was for show, NO ONE could read all those books. I had enough trouble reading work related stuff.
NOW I KNOW BETTER. I have racked up over a thousand books now, in my senior years.

Neat, you wanted to type a book to keep, wow!

I love a good book.

About the Kindle. I like mine, but I miss being able to thumb back to verify some point. A few pages isn't bad, but to go back several chapters is a near impossibility since there are no page numbers. I do read it though.
I do have a confession though, since I attend church but do not know what is going on, I read either the Bible or a commentary on my Kindle during service. I usually start with the Book in the Bible the minister is preaching from and branch out from there. That I like. HA!
Take care, and I love today's view fromt he Bench!
Sherry & Jack

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love the idea of a book to hold so no Kindle for me. I am a sucker for the Amazon route! I do a great job of collecting/buying books and I seldom take the time to read. Isn't that sad?

Rita said...

Great books. I read all but one you mentioned.
I agree. Best thing a parent can do is instill a love of reading in their children. :)
I'm waiting for them to combine an amazing tablet and a good reader together the way I would want it...and then for the price to go down--LOL! ;)

Liz said...

Oh, I love To Kill a Mockingbird too - it was and still is my favourite book!

Intense Guy said...

..and here I thought B would be for Blogging...


I'm with you - we need more kids with library cards (and less with Xboxes and such)!

Sharon said...

I love, love, love reading also!

My Book Club read The Help. I really enjoyed it. I haven't seen the movie yet either.

I especially enjoy reading mysteries - I'm delighted that the Christian fiction/mystery/suspense genre is offering so much more than it used to. Good stories, and great authors.

And yes, I'm like you - love curling up with a good book!


Lynn Proctor said...

after reading your blog--it hit me--maybe i have not been reading as much lately because of fb and blogging--enjoyed your blog and bench

Jamie said...

Hi Betty! Long time no talk! I pray that you are doing well. I love your new blog! I am just catching up after not blogging for a while. I just needed a break so I could live my life. I have just felt the stirring to write again, so I am thankful to have written two blog entries in just a few days of each other. Praise Jesus!

Just checking in with you. Write sometime soon.

Bless you, Betty!


Katy said...

I absolutely love books! And I love actually holding a book in my hands and smelling the pages (probably why I love the library so much!). I don't think I could ever get a nook or a kindle. :)

Jamie said...

OH! I meant to say that I LOVE my Kindle Fire...but sometimes you just can't resist a good book with ACTUAL pages you can turn. :)

Martha said...

I love reading too but seem to have traded books for blogs! I have a kindle on my phone, I love it! :)

Ola Jaggers said...

I also love to read. I have to be careful though, to not get lost in a book for hours & hours and completely ignoring my family, lol! I really love to read True Crime.... which everyone around me does not understand!

Thanks for sharing!!

~Ola (a to z visitor)

The Brown Recluse said...

I wish I read more. I usually just waste time online, and I could be doing so many things that are a lot more productive!

I really want to see The Help, too. You went the best way, I'm told, because opinion is that the book is better than the movie, as is usually the case.

Tia Bach said...

Love B=Books. I love nothing more than getting lost in the world inside the pages of a book! Hope you enjoy the A to Z, and I look forward to stopping back by!

Caroline said...

I love books too & so glad my children seem to be following me. B for Books is awesome !!

JosephAlsarraf said...

Lol! Ya i'm surprised you didn't put the Bible as your B letter choice. Ya it's a good book, i'm still reading it chapter by chapter each day. It's taking along time, been about a year and i'm on 400 now. I haven't read any of those other books yet. I'll put them on my books I want to read list. : )