Reading Rainbow

Do you remember Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton? It was one of my favorite shows to watch when I was a kid. I also loved Wishbone, which less people seem to remember (though I can still remember the song…”What’s the story, Wishbone?”). It’s about a Jack Russell (named Wishbone) who would see something going on with his owner, a boy of about 13 or 14 years of age named Joe, and Joe’s friends, David and Sam, and it would remind Wishbone of a story in a famous piece of literature. Then we would see the story from literature Wishbone is remembering, with Wishbone as the main character (so cute, this little dog in all these little outfits), and you would learn the gist of all kinds of stories. Of course, the “real-life” characters would have some parallel to the literature, and it all worked out in the end. Through Wishbone, I learned to appreciate Shakespeare, Homer, and many more story-tellers that you typically groan about in high school. Thanks to that show, I was interested in what would happen in the stories when I got old enough to have them assigned to me, rather than wishing I didn’t have to read them.

I love shows that promote reading because they make reading something that’s okay to do and fun to do instead of nerdy. My sister and I are total bookworms, and I am also part of a book-club. I could happily spend the majority of my day reading, every day of the week, as long as I have good books. This month, I’ve gotten my hands on some good material, and I’ve been in bookworm heaven. Out of the 10 books I’ve read so far this month, here are my favorites:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire are, hands down, my favorite books I’ve read this year. One of the girls I worked with told me they were really good. So I finally gave in and bought The Hunger Games and borrowed its sequel,Catching Fire, from a friend. WOW. They are great. The books follow 16-year-old Katniss, as she tries to survive the hunger games, something inflicted by The Capitol on each district of her country, Panem, which is built on top of what was once North America. These books cover a lot of ground: government control, survival, murder, loyalty, cunning, secrets, escape, fighting, revolution, and love. The third book in this trilogy is due out on August 14, 2010, and I can’t wait to get it. This is one story I would LOVE to see turned into a movie. It would be an action/thriller for sure, and no worries, guys, it’s NOTHING like Twilight, and romance is not the driving factor.

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The Total Money Makeover wasn’t as fun for me to read as the fiction I enjoy, but I want to recommend it because he has stuff worth reading in that book. Dave Ramsey is acclaimed for his financial finesse, and Tom and I had heard a lot of good things about him. We finally decided to read this book, and it’s worth reading. If you are in debt, read this book. If you are not in debt, read this book. Tom and I have always tried to be smart about our money, but this book gives you a plan for how to make your money work for you. It covers a lot:  how to get out of debt, if that’s where you are, and how to not only stay out of debt but also how to grow your wealth to pay for your kids’ college tuition, to ensure you have a nice and comfortable lifestyle later in life as well as give to those in need, and to teach you how to teach your kids to be wise with money. It’s a good read.

The other authors I’ve enjoyed reading this month are:

Sophie Kinsella (I’ve been reading her books for years. She can crack me up with her characters.)

Meg Cabot (I’ve also been reading her books for years. She is hilarious most of the time. Her characters (for her adult fiction) are usually women in their 20’s and 30’s, and they go through the every day mishaps that make you laugh, though in the end they seem to overcome some huge obstacle. My least favorite book by her is She Went All The Way, which I read this month. I’m about to read her Heather Wells Trilogy, and the titles alone make me laugh. They are: Size 12 Is Not Fat, Size 14 Is Not Fat Either, and Big-Boned.)

Mindy Klasky (She writes about regular girls in their 20’s and 30’s who accidentally stumble across magic.)

Maureen Lipinski (I read her book, A Bump In The Road. It’s a work of fiction about a 27-year-old woman (Clare) and her husband finding out they are pregnant when they had planned to wait about six more years to have kids. It’s pretty funny following along as Clare tells how her life changes over the course of nine months.)

Madeleine L’Engle (I read her book A Ring of Endless Light in high school, but I just got around to reading A Wrinkle In Time. I thought it ended kind of abruptly, but then, I haven’t read her other works to see how they follow up with the characters.)

Francine Rivers (She is one of my favorite Christian authors. I have about 5 of her books waiting for me at the library, and I intend to pick them up this week. Definitely check out her work. I’m going to read The Atonement Child and her Lineage of Grace series next.)

So, that’s my January reading list. Any books you would suggest I read?

~Meghan

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