I love a good book. I love to curl up and tuck into an engrossing story. Many times I don't have a block of time to read so I squeeze it in where I can. I'm one of those lucky people that can pick up a book and read a page or just a paragraph and know right where I am when I next pick it up - 5 minutes or 5 hours later. I always carry a book with me and often can be found reading at a stop light while waiting for traffic to move, or as the passenger when we've run out of things to talk about, or standing at the kitchen counter waiting for the oven timer to go off.  Sometimes it's an art book, most often a novel. If you want to know what I'm reading, or what I've read this year, I'm keeping the list and short reviews on my Reading Corner tab up above.

I'm not alone.......here's proof people love to read!
by Jean-Honore Fragonard

So, why read?

It's relaxing and informative.
NOW THIS IS A LIBRARY!  Room of books  Now here's a library to drool over!

It contributes to making you a better conversationalist.
by Renoir

It's portable - you can do it anywhere, any time.

Your neighbors won't complain the book is too loud.

Old books - color, texture, fab

It improves and strengthens your vocabulary.
book lovers

It's something you can do with your kids.

by Nelda Piper

Can you do anything with books besides read them?  Well, you all know the answer to that - you're artists after all.  Altered books are being created in every style and theme and genre - here are a few I found that are intriguing (all via pinterest - my other computer obsession - follow me and I'll share all the artsy goodness I find).

David Kracov, altered book art
David Kracov

Folded books by RhymesWithMagic

Books aren't just for reading anymore.      from an Anthropologie window, posted by Lynne Bryne @ DecorArtsNow

book necklaces  Lots of patience goes into making these little jewels!

Toes in sand. Nose in book. Life is sweet.

:-)  Read with joy.   So, are you inspired to pick up a book now?  What are you reading?  I'm always on the lookout for something new to read - I read just about any genre, so.....lay it on me!  What should I read next?


  1. OMG I WANT that library!!! What a fab post Terrie, thank-you, lol I think you've already guessed I'm very much a bookworm too! If you haven't already read them I would highly recommend Anne Rice's vampire chronicles, I have the whole set (including all off-shoots) albeit lovingly stored in a box at the mo due to lack of shelving!!! She writes beautifully.
    Huge hugs x x x x

    1. Thanks for the recommendation - I have read all of Anne Rice's and really liked her witch series as well. Just read one by her son, Christopher Rice and it was unimpressive - wouldn't recommend it.

  2. I read at the stop light also!! I'm reading John Verdon's newest. I just had a friend recommend The Last Child by John Hart

    1. I'm not familiar with either of those authors so will check them out - THANKS!

  3. And I am reading 4 books at the same time - it is like meeting different people and no problem at all - of course European literature - history about France, where we arwe living part of our time.

  4. Such a wonderful post!! I am a book-lover too, I read EVERY night, it's one of my favorite things.

  5. Anonymous10:29 AM

    OMG I want that library too!!!! Drool....a good mystery makes me so happy!xox

  6. I LOVE to read. When I was a kid I got in trouble for reading in the semi-darkness and sneaking a light on to read more. I was a rebel that way. I always have several books on the go, one for every possible mood. I never seem to get them mixed up. I've also been known to read the back of a shampoo bottle if I'm really desperate...


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