There is just something so wonderful about a well written and enjoyable book. I just finished The Know - It- All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs. If you're looking for something fun and informative this is the book to grab. The author sets out to accomplish the task of reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica in a year. I love how he wrote about the interesting tidbits he learned and interspersed that with reflections from his own life. The only downside of a really good book is that even it will come to an end. Usually when I get a great book I find it very hard to put down and find myself reading up well into the wee hours of the morning. This time I started the book during the day and was often interrupted by children or the need to make meals and such. While I really didn't want to put the book down it did make it seem like the book was lasting longer. I was sad to come to the last page and close the book, so many laughs, so many insights...sigh.
Now I had my own quest -- to find another great book to read. I scoured the library book shelves, but nothing seemed suitable and I came home feeling somewhat dejected and really needing a good book fix. And here is where my handsome hubby came to my rescue and asked if I had ever read J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit? I had read it, but that was many, many years ago. Way back in grade 6, I think it was. I remember having to design my own poster and I can still picture it in my mind - a big red cartoony type dragon lying on top of a big pile of gold. I also remember really enjoying the story although the details had become more than a little hazy. And while I enjoy traversing the uncharted paths of a new book, there is something comforting and soothing about picking up an old book somewhat forgotten perhaps, but familiar and inviting just the same.
The kiddos love books just as much as I do which is a great trait to hand down to them. We have four bookshelves (well, five if you count the one in Marko's office) in the living room. And this past week it was time to reorganize the books. Some books needed to find a new home and others just needed to find the right shelf. I tag our books; science/fact books get a green sticker, good literature books get a blue sticker, Bible books get a red sticker and the just fun books get an orange sticker. I find this system, as simple as it is, works really well for the kiddos and me. We can find the book(s) quickly when we need them and when we're finished we can easily get them back where they belong. The only problem with organizing the bookshelves is that you find so many books that have been forgotten and can't help but look at a few as you go along. Which in and of itself is not a bad thing, but when you've used up most of the afternoon doing this and have forgotten about making supper, it can become a bit of a problem.