I am to name seven things that I love. I decided to do this meme because I read a lot, and I don’t want people thinking that reading and books is all I love!
Seven Things I Love
- Strawberries. Best food ever. Period.
- Cooking. I don’t always want to do it, but once I start cooking, I remember that I like it. It’s so satisfying to prepare a meal for my family!
- Photography. I love taking pictures and tweaking them in a photo processing program. I don’t do it nearly often enough.
- Libraries. I love reading books for free, and my library system usually has whatever I want to read.
- Precious mother moments. I love those times when my son is just plain adorable (and not whining). I love being a mom, and for the most part, I love staying home with my son.
- My husband. I love spending time with my husband, no matter what we’re doing.
- The number seven. It’s been my favorite number since I was seven years old. Don’t ask me why, it is just is.
And since I’m on a “list of seven things” kick and this is a reading blog, I thought I should mention seven types of books I love. Besides, Jules gave this award to me for my eclectic reading, and I suppose this list can be considered eclectic.
Seven Types of Books I Love
- Nineteenth Century Classics. I love the settings, and I love the subtle complexities of characters. I haven’t read nearly enough of these classics, but I admit I have yet to read one that I do not like. Twentieth century classics have been touch and go for me, but the nineteenth century has always been good for me thus far.
- Biographies. I love a well written biography. Last year’s best were Nelson Mandela’s autobiography (read in pre-blogging days) and Katharine Graham’s autobiography (Personal History, reviewed here).
- Nobel Prize in Literature Writers. I have loved the writing style of each winner of the Nobel Prize. I haven’t always loved the plots for the fiction, but the writing always blows me away. I want to read more of these masters of writing.
- The Oft Forgotten Genres: Poetry, Short Stories, and Drama. I’m trying to mix poetry, short stories, and drama into my regular reading schedule. There’s something emotional about reading a short and simple yet profound poem, and I love how short stories can often be read in a single sitting; there is something so satisfying about entering a different world for a short time. As for drama, I always enjoy it and yet seldom read it. Time to remedy that!
- Educational Reading. I love to learn about the world, and so nonfiction is a favorite of mine. But many novels also teach me about various cities and settings too. Everything becomes educational in some way. Even if the plot isn’t all that gripping, I often like a book if it teaches me something new.
- Fiction in General. I really have enjoyed my July foray into light modern fiction; I look forward to adding more of this my regular reading schedule. I also often enjoy literary fiction (although I haven’t read much lately), and children’s fiction is becoming a regular part of my reading due to my young son’s influence and my desire to teach him the classics of children’s literature.
- Old Stuff. I’m a true nerd; I like the old classics. I think I learn something from each “really old classic” and I like the challenge of a difficult read, even if it takes me months.
What do you love, besides reading and books? What are your favorite categories of books?
I don’t tag people, but if you want to join in on the meme (either the general “things that I love” or the “book types I enjoy”), feel free to join in.