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I have reconnected to a place deep within my soul where there lives a spectacle-donned bookworm. And I have to say that it is quite cozy in there. In my constant quest for simplicity throughout my body, mind, and soul, I made a pact with myself that I was not going to be purchasing any more books unless they are resource books that I want to keep on my shelves for reference. I am an avid buyer of books with the intention to read, read, read, but when they come home and hit the shelf, they seem to get lost in the shuffle. And it doesn’t matter if I haven’t finished the current book either. On any given day, I usually have 3-4 books going…which is quite the opposite of how I used to roll.

I don’t know if I was one of those kids that was read to at nap and bedtime – I was the last kid to come into a family of 3 boys + a cousin my parents raised. So, I’m not sure how much time there was for being read to…I’ll have to ask my ma. I just always remember reading. I read the whole Babysitters Club collection, pretty much every book Judy Blume wrote, moving into the Flowers in the Attic series + all other VC Andrews, and of course the loathed school and summer reading books. I went to a private school, so our list was quite long and full of the classics that, at the time, were super “boring.” But, I suffered through them about a week before school started and got right back into my pre-teen smut novels.

Jump ahead to mid-30s and I am happily getting back in touch with the part of my personality that seems to have been pushed back to make room for college, various jobs, and crazy life in general. I am diving head first into a summer reading program through my local library and bringing my niece and nephew along with me. Reading is one of those areas that my nephew struggled with, but he is totally stoked to be a part of the program and enthusiastic to get through the books so that he can put them on his list for prizes. As his teacher, I couldn’t be more on his team. I’m bringing them up to the library every Friday to the weekly programs, and they get to return their books, pick out new ones for the week, and get prizes! Win-win-win-win for them!

Damn, it feels good to be back here.

// I will be checking back in at the end of every month with progress and, I’m sure what will be, sarcastic reports on the books. I’d love to hear what you’re reading – please leave some recommendations in the comments! //