January Blogging Challenge: Books

Oh my goodness! I love PJ’s prompt for this months photo challenge! So many books….so little time. As an avid reader, I’ve been known to even read the back of cereal boxes in a pinch.

The written word….the tool in which language is expressed….has been with humankind for millenniums. Writing systems date back to the eight millennium BC with tokens and pictographs. The development of alphabets and phonics emerged around the second millennium BC.  The written word is a powerful tool that brought us such documents as our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. While oral history is important, it’s the written word that is capable of spreading ideas quickly and documenting history in preservable detail.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a frigid, January winter day than curled up with a good book and cozy afghan. So, hope your enjoy this peek into my library and passion for all written words. While I gravitate towards High Fantasy (think Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings etc.), the genres in my library span a multitude of topics, authors and styles.

Books #1
Starting off the list is my favorite novelist, John Grisham. Don’t even ask me what I want for Christmas if he’s published a new book. There are a lot of great novelists out there, but the way Grisham weaves details, plot twists and unexpected turns throughout his story is genius. Most noted for his stories revolving around the legal system, he has written some lighter books like Playing for Pizza and Calico Joe that are entertaining, summer, pool-side reading.

Books #2
In a previous lifetime, my BFF and I owned a book design studio. We worked with university press houses across the country and turned author manuscripts into books. This photo shows a few of the books I worked on during that time. This experience forever changed the way I look at a printed book from the cover design to the very last index page. Knowing what goes into designing and compositing a book, I vowed to never again whine about the cost of the written word.

Books #3
I’ve not completely jumped on the e-reader wagon, but did install our local library’s app on my laptop to see what was available. I did download an e-book on the recommendation of a fellow blogger for test drive. I much prefer a bound book, but this will do in a pinch, especially when I don’t want to purchase the book to keep.

Books #4
Apologetics and books relating to different worldviews are a passion of mine. This is just a sampling of the books I have on this topic squirreled away around the house. I especially think books written by scientists addressing the relationship between science and faith are fascinating. I also have quite a few books by C.S. Lewis, including a set of The Chronicles of Narnia.

Books #5
Dovetailing with the above is the book that surpasses all books in print. The bible clocks in with 5 billion books printed since 1815. Add to that, all the hand-scribed copies prior to the invention of the printing press. Many of you have issues with its written words. I encourage you to read what I wrote about the bible HERE. It’s the Big God Story that is filled with poetry, Hellenistic biography, documented history as well as inspiration and comforting words. It’s a book that reflects our messy lives. Because of our circumstances, I’m spending a lot of time in Psalms….usually accompanied by diffusing essential oils and hot tea.

“Check out” the other books over at PJ’s for January’s prompt of Books.

And, in keeping with Thankful Thursday over at Brian’s Home, I think it’s safe to say I’ve been thankful for the written word since I was old enough to pick up a book. I’m thankful this passion was not lost on my daughters. And Peanut, at age 10, has been assessed at a 7th grade level for reading comprehension. I would be thankful if Twix, who is learning letters and basic words, follows in their footsteps.


12 thoughts on “January Blogging Challenge: Books

  1. I too have a love of reading, although for the past couple of weeks it seems to have left me. I, however, am a fan of e-books – the ease of carrying several with me, the fact that if I doze and lose hold of my “book” it will not lose my place, not needing more shelf space, all appeal to me. I’ve always believed it’s the reading that’s important, less so the material.

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  2. That was a terrific post! The Mom is a big reader too and mostly uses eReaders when she gets free copies of books that way. The Dad isn’t a super big reader but maybe that will change when he gets is cataracts removed. How cool you designed books in a previous life. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  3. Hubby and I are avid readers too. We get together every afternoon and just sit and read. He has his book and I have mine. I can travel the world and never leave my living room.

    Hubby likes his eBooks, but I can’t quite get into them. There is nothing better than the feel and smell of a good book.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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  4. Mom resisted ebooks for a very long time. However, on a visit to the inlaws she invested in a Kindle reader and while she still loves print she does love the space saving benifits of the e-reader. The books do take up quite a bit of space.

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  5. Nice to meet you, Lisa and thanks for coming over to The Den. 🙂 It seems we have much in common when it comes to books! You feel the same way about John Grisham (I like him, too) as I do about Dean Koontz. And I’m not entirely sold on the ebook concept either, although, it is convenient when travelling. Cheers!

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  6. ” I’ve been known to even read the back of cereal boxes in a pinch.”

    HA! Loved that, Lisa! I been known to do that as well! 🙂

    WOW, what a collect of books you have!

    This post reminded me that I need to read more. I haven’t read a complete book in probably OVER 5 years. And you should see my book shelf, it has only 7 books on it. And they are all reference books.

    The last time I was ever an avid reader was in 80’s, reading books by Danielle Steel, Mary Higgins Clark, and Sidney Sheldon. Back then I read primarily fiction. However now, when and if I do read/skim a book, they’re biographies or reference-type books.

    Fab post, my friend!

    Have a great rest of your week 🙂

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  7. Excellent set of photos for this month’s challenge! I also like Grisham. But, when I read books (and I need to do it much more), I can say I’ve pretty much fully gone to the e-reader side of things.

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