Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I love books. I love to read. When I was a kid, I used to get in trouble all the time because I would rather read than do anything else. Cold winter days would find me in my room with a blanket and good book; summer evenings you would find me sprawled under our big maple tree lost in the pages of an adventure book.

In grade school, I read the books required in our curriculum with relish. My high school teacher, Mrs. Fountain, instilled in me a love for literature—from classic authors such as Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, and Jane Austin to Lucy Maud Montgomery, Louisa Mae Alcott, Mark Twain, Hawthorne and many, many more.

I don’t think I have a ‘favorite’. I remember reading so many books over, and over…My mom would often say, “You’ve already read that book—you know everything that happens! Why are you reading it again!?!”. But regardless of how many times I’ve read them, there is a magnetic pull to read them again.

For me books are measured by their content, and of course, author. The Bible is our standard for everything and a good verse to use is Philippians 4:8--

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

To be able to read is such a gift from God and I am very thankful for it.

Music is another passion of mine. From classics, to hymns, to arranged music, to soundtracks, to singing—I love music. This is just a small collection of the music I own. Like books, one should be very careful in what they listen to because music is a language of its own. For example, every time I listen to Anne of Green Gables soundtrack, I get in a nostalgic mood because when I was a sophomore in college, the room captain played that every time she went on a trip. (She was part of a singing group.) Not to mention the end of the school year when we were all preparing to go home for the summer. On the other hand, when I listen to God Bless America, a patriotic feeling wells up inside me.

I also love to bake. I got my first Taste of Home book as a Christmas present. Ever since then, I have been collecting different types of cookbooks. My favorite thing to make is cookies. I have a cookie book that is falling apart from use. I also like to experiment. I’m looking for the perfect cookie—aesthetically appealing as well as scrumptious. My friends have had many laughs over how some of my cookies turn out, but I have fun all the time.

When I was young, I was banned from making cookies because I would make a mess—until I came up with a solution….my brother!! In exchange for cookies, he would help me clean up—oh, yes, I also had to let him crack the eggs J


Christina Alvarado said...

Have you ever read a book so good, you can't sleep until you read every page. People who just skip to the end really miss out:) By the way, Maria says hi:)

Elsabeth said...

Yes! I think the only time I didn't read a book all the way through was when I was in college! And that was only b/c we had lights out :)