July 15, 2010

If I were a Disney princess...I'd be Belle

Sure Cinderella is my favorite.  After all she has her own castle in Disney world and everything.

But Belle...she has all those books!  My favorite scene in Beauty and the Beast is when she's being given a tour of the Beast's house and she sees the library for the first time.

Books are a beautiful thing.

Honestly this morning I was struggling to come up with something I was thankful for.  My family has been incredibly blessed.  It shouldn't be hard to be thankful, but I've been in a bit of a mood all week and I just wasn't feeling it.

A couple of things reminded me that I should be thankful for my ability to read, as well as my love of curling up and getting lost in a good book.

First off, a couple of weeks ago a TV special honoring Dollywood's 25th anniversary.  The theme park has changed this area probably more than we realize.  In the special, Dolly Parton was asked about why she started her Imagination Library.  Like a lot of poor country farmers in this area, her father never learned to read and was limited in life because of it.

Then yesterday, some buddies and I were discussing reading and two of the ladies mentioned how much better the young ladies in their life are reading now.  One has dyslexia and listens to the book on CD as she reads the paper copy in her hand.  The other recently got a new pair of glasses which introduced a whole new world to her.

Reading is something I never remember struggling with.  When Pizza Hut offered their Book-It program, I earned personal pan pizzas weekly!  I've always loved it.

This week has been an interesting book week for me.   A friend let me borrow her copy of The Hunger Games.  A littler dark for my taste, but very well written.  I started the book on Tuesday night while Jay was working late and fully intend on having the almost 400 page book finished by the end of tonight.  (Jay had rented a movie so I only made it through a couple chapters last night.)

Also, I received my copy of The Millionaire Next Door in the mail yesterday.  I ordered it last week and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival.  Its recommended by Dave Ramsey so I know its going to be filled with practical advice about getting where we want to be financially.

Some friends and I are also starting a book club.  We all love to read, and we love to get together and chat - perfect combo right? 

I definitely have to say I'm thankful for the ability to read, but I'm even more thankful that I enjoy it.

What are you thankful for today?


  1. books are a great thing to be thankful for! i need to finish reviewing my latest booksneeze so i can grab another!

    i'm thankful, at this moment, for children who are playing well together. makes my job a lot easier if i don't have to constantly be stepping into arguments!

  2. I would be Belle, too...for the same reasons :)

  3. I've always wanted to be in a book club. I love to read but I never find time to do it.

  4. I loved Book-It! Do they even still do things like that? I wonder if I could pass as a kid and get a free pizza still... :-)

  5. I love to read too and I'm glad my kids do too. I am saving The Hunger Games for the beach...have heard a lot of good things about it.

  6. I love your post title!! I'm Ariel!! =)

    I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. Hopefully you'll be in better spirits soon. I love reading too and I know that a good, light book really helps me sometimes. I don't know if you like Harry Potter, but if you do and you haven't come across this series yet...check out Percy Jackson!

  7. I hear you - I have always been a book worm! I love to "escape" into a good book when life gets hectic.
    I have been doing alot of reading lately while I have been in recovery and I started thinking that a person who didn't like to read would be SOOO bored. What would they do?

    Thank goodness for great literature!

  8. I'm thankful for books too - I love to read! My kids all did book-it and we had lots of visits to Pizza Hut!

  9. Girl, I'm with you. I've always LOVED to read! My high school librarian could hardly keep me supplied! She used to order books specifically for me! I'm gonna have to check out the millionaire book!

  10. that is my favorite movie!!!!!!! hmmm thankful.. today.... I am thankful for my friends @ the hood that inspired me to start the c25k!! I'd never thought I could run 3 solid minutes much less a whole 5k w/o you all!! THANK YOU!!!

  11. Same here, I love to read and so thankful for books! Great post!

  12. What a wonderful post... to take one thing you are thankful for and cover it so indepth. Love it.
    And yes, thank God for the written word. Even with all the technology, I do believe books bound in paperback with continue to exist. We'll demand it! Lol.

  13. What a great thing to be thankful for. I have read the millionaire next door. Very good! : )

    I want a book club! All my friends live so far away though.


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