Tuesday, December 30, 2014

All About The Books - No Trouble!

My Bedside Table
It's been awhile since I've bought actual books for myself. As in YEARS! All the books I am devouring currently are on my iPad downloaded through iTunes. I miss it. Books. Real books. The feel and look of the cover, the flipping of pages, and the intoxicating scent of the book's ink, adhesive, and paper combined. Probably one of the big reasons why I can never clear my bedside stack of books. Strange as it may sound, at times I crack one open just to sniff. I should move them to the bookshelves with the rest of books. No, not just yet.

Yesterday I started sorting through them. Organizing them all accordingly between stacks of fiction, business, and self-help. Memories flooded in. I remember excitedly leafing through the pregnancy books as soon as we found out we were expecting, the many nights I stayed up reading a novel, and of course the countless hours spent in bookstores with my husband perusing through new titles to bring home and feed my addiction.

It's been too long since I've had those feelings. Now I read the books on my iPad with fewer emotions. I enjoy them, but it's not the same. It's sad, and I can't make myself go back into buying and carrying heavy books again.

My teen son's collection of books
Naturally when I started having babies my book shopping list has turned me to the children's section. I enjoyed every minute spent reading to them, but longed to know for myself again. They didn't show much interest in reading. Running around, TV, and the computer was king in their heads. No matter how much I tried to make reading fun. What a bummer! I never gave up though. I kept on buying books and even read book reviews out loud, hoping they will decide to finally pick it up on their own. Award-winning kid books piled on and I waited.

When I least expected it, it finally happened. I never thought it would come, but just recently my almost 15-year-old teen son has been indulging on great books.  So you can imagine how elated I was to see how content flopped down on the couch to read on.  I couldn't even believe that he's already read about seven books since school started in the Fall. He was just recently finished Eleanor & Park, The Kite Runner, and Night by Elie Weisel. Right now he's reading Bound Feet And Western Dress. I couldn't be prouder with his choices of books! Now, my 12-year-old middle son is also starting to show interest and borrowed a book to start with. His older brother always had that much influence on him. I hope it spurs a passion for reading more.

My daughter's new love
Without much coaxing, my 7 year old little girl has always shown a lot of interest in reading and writing. Just this past 2 weeks she had her nose planted on her Heidi Hekelbeck books and just began reading The One And Only Ivan. Even surrounded with her most favorite Christmas toys, she's been busy with her new love.

It won't be long now until I start reading my collection of vintage Barbie books with her. Yes, Barbie. But not just any Barbie books. These were 1960s hardbound printed books that I was hooked on in my elementary years. When I was pregnant with my baby girl, I told my husband about my Barbie books obsessions then. Secretly my husband went eBay hunting for them and even completed the collection. It was the sweetest gesture of all!  Right now they're sitting on one of our bookshelves and I can't wait for her to get started with them.
The 1960s  Vintage Barbie books
Although I can never indulge myself with buying new books ever again, I have the three kids to book shop for!  Every penny spent on books is no trouble at all. No trouble!
1960 Vintage Barbie Book - Inside
BTW - if you have any suggestions on books to read, please leave me a comment. I'm always on a lookout for books to read especially for my little girl.

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