Archive: May, 2013

Reading Is For Awesome People…and Shannon’s Especially Awesome!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read ALMOST as much as I love being behind the camera. Seriously, is there anything better than snuggling up on the couch with a soft blanket, a hot mocha or cool glass of lemonade, and a good book? The only person in the world who I think knows this better than me is my super-awesome sister Shannon. She’s my go-to gal when I’m looking for a new book for my Kindle, so I’ve invited her to join us once a month or so and clue us in on what she’s been reading. If it’s on her reading list, it should be on yours! So without further ado….here she is!

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Hi, everyone! My name is Shannon and I’m a book-aholic. I have spent all of my life (or a lot of it) with my nose buried in a book. When I was a teenager, I would happily reject plans from friends to curl up on my bed with a book. I always thought that books could take me further away than the plans of teenage friends. Yes…I was a little bit of an introvert. As I’ve gotten older, my love of books has not diminished. However, I have learned to add some balance in my life. Once you’re married and you have three kids, there isn’t nearly as much time to read as you would hope. When my sister Christa asked me to be a guest blogger for her, I was stoked! I get to read books and write about them. The second part of this kind of had me panicking for a moment…so I decided to (as Nike would say) “just do it”!

For my first contribution for the blog, I went back and forth and back and forth with what book I should write about. I have read so many and there are so many that I still have in my must-read list. And then I started thinking about an idea that has been bubbling around in my head for quite a while. What if I went back and reread some of the books that we had to read in school. (In my opinion, being made to read books in school is the best way to take any enjoyment out of the act of reading. I know that it is necessary but still…). So here goes…

The Giver by Lois Lowry: I remember having to read this book in middle school. This book is only 200 pages or so. It is something that can be read in very little time. (I remember that it took much longer in school. LOL!) The beginning of the story is presented as a utopian society. Gradually throughout the story, you realize that the “utopian society” is not necessarily the term that should be used to describe this story. I remember that in school I was able to read the book, do the work that went along with the book, and actually receive a decent grade to go along with it. I DON’T remember being so moved by the plight of the main character, Jonas. As an adult, I feel that I appreciated this book so much more than I did as a child. I would definitely recommend picking this book up and reading it even if you have read it before as an adolescent. I just think that there is so much more that this book has to offer an adult. So get going!

The Giver By Lois Lowry


Want to read it? Get your copy here!

And if you’ve already read it, be sure to leave¬†Shannon a comment and let her know what you thought!


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