I have the need to read

I’m craving a book.  Yes, I said craving.  Like Elvis craved a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.  Longing, pining, desiring.   Sometimes all I need in life is a book, a blanket, and a couple of hours.  I don’t usually make it that long before falling asleep.

Mark Twain Image

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ~Mark Twain

I couldn’t agree more, Mark. 

If I think real hard, walk around the house a couple of times, and eat a chocolate chip cookie, maybe I could remember the last book I read.  Right now I’ve got a blank screen in my mind, occasionally flickering.  It’s been too long. 

Unless you count school reading, which doesn’t really count does it?  Right now I’m reading the book Sounder to my class.  Just today the poor, black boy in the story was saying how badly he wanted a book.  He probably could teach himself to read if only he had one.  He’d heard somewhere that some people had so many books, they only read them once.  Surely, there couldn’t be that many books in the world. 

I usually only read books once as well.  My dad, on the other hand, would read a book again and again.  One in particular was the Grapes of Wrath.  My mother finds it a waste of time to read a book twice.  I’m with her on this, unless it’s To Kill A Mockingbird, which I try to read every summer.  I also loved Eat, Pray, Love and vowed I would read it again someday, yet that someday hasn’t come.

But it’s coming.  Very soon. 

When June 1st arrives, I’m driving myself to the public library.  I’m checking out a stack of books and turning off the phones.  The grass can grow tall.  The dishes can pile up in the sink.  The tomatoes will need pickin’.  My legs will need shaving.  The chickens might even go hungry. 

Nah.  I’ll feed the chickens in between chapters. 

I plan on delving into some good books.  If you have a suggestion, let me know. 

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read~ Groucho Marx

Maybe I have a thing for men with bushy moustaches. 

Yosemite Sam

 I hope your innards turn to outards and your ears go visey-versey!   ~Yosemite Sam

Or maybe they just have good quotes.

What’s your favorite book?  Or quote?  Or moustached man?


  1. Lenore Diane says:

    Good quotes and good folks. Loved this!
    Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
    Fiction: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Hadon.
    Non-Fiction: Any Robert Fulghum. Start with Words I Wish I Wrote, which includes a potpourri of writers and their writings.


  2. Becky Snelgrooes says:

    The Glass Castle….I’m not sure of the author but it is really good.
    A Thousand Splendid Suns….again, I don’t know the author.
    I’m reading The Cricket in Times Square with my class right now and it’s pretty darn good. You would get a kick out of Tucker, the busy bodied mouse who loves a good bite to eat.


  3. Wanda Cotter says:

    Ooohhh, you’ve had some really good ones recommended so far. The Glass Castle is amazing. I think it’s by Jeanette Walls, but I may have the name wrong. Don’t know if you’re a dog person, but The Art of Racing in the Rain is incredible – especially the ending. My favorite kids’ book (YA really) recently is The Hunger Games along with the rest of the trilogy. I wouldn’t recommend reading it to children the age you teach, but it’s well worth reading yourself.


  4. Marie says:

    I can only name a few cause I need to go to bed but…Gone with the Wind, Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island and I love Les Miserable by Victor Hugo. If you love Grapes of Wrath you need to read this. I have a bunch at school that I enjoy reading and yes I read them over and over!


  5. Brandi says:

    My favorite book is “True Woman.”. I love Historical fiction.


  6. Jolea says:

    I think I’ve read most of these book mentioned except Les Miserable and True Woman. I don’t remember really loving The Glass Castle but I didn’t hate it either. I enjoyed The Hunger Games, I think I told Ash to read those. Also, along the same lines is a book called Matched. I read it since Zoie wanted to read it, it’s pretty good too! I’m not reading anything right now either (that isn’t grief related) so if you get a good one, let me know….:)


  7. Lara says:

    I love Nicholas Sparks. I have not read a book in almost 18 months and I miss it. I also like Jodi Picoult. I know I misspelled her name but I am too lazy to get up.


    1. Angel says:

      Hey Lara! I really like Jodi picoult, Nicholas sparks…..not so much. I know, I know. I’m probably the only woman in the world


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