I spent most of Monday trying to organize my books. It’s a bigger deal than it sounds. I love books. My husband loves books. Together we have a massive book-loving marriage. And a problem: Room.
Recently, we moved across town into a space that is just a tad bigger than the one room apartment we lived in as newlyweds almost 33 years ago. So, today we’ve sorted, remembered, donated, and pledged.
“I read more when the books are our in front of me,” my husband said as he put his favorite sales and marketing books on the shelf. “These are the ones I read again and again.”
“I think you should read this book,” he said, showing me Paradigms. “It’s a fundamental
book for anyone who is an innovator.”
It’s now atop my to-read-next tower.
“What’s the one book that hooked you as a kid?” he asked as I tried (and failed) to narrow my children’s book collection.
“Anne of Green Gables. Easy. ” I said, “Yours?”
“My Side of the Mountain.”
Most readers know that one book.
And isn’t it a treat that by definition of our jobs we get to help kids find their books — the ones they want to read, the ones that helps them fall in love with reading — if they haven’t fallen yet?
Today, I’d like to ask you: “What is your book, the book that made you want to read?”
Amy Rasmussen lives and works in North Texas. Her classroom library is home to books, books, and more books — all selected to help inspire a love of reading in every single student. Btw, she and her husband have had numerous conversations about the books that made them readers. It was pretty much a first date prerequisite.
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Two books always come back to my thoughts from my reading youth: Summer of the Monkeys and Through the Hidden Door. Those books stuck with me for a long time and I’m not really sure why.
Mine is Old Yeller, although My Side of the Mountain is right up there too.