The other day, I decided to make an inventory of the many books I bought but have yet to start reading, or if I have already started reading them, finish reading to the end.
The reason for this sudden urge was because I bought another nice book from an ebay seller, The Fire by Katherine Neville. Prior to The Fire, I read The Eight, also by the same author. And if Dan Brown, or my more favored author, Steve Berry excites you, then Katherine Neville’s novels would do the same. In fact, it was Katherine Neville’s The Eight, which she wrote in 1988 that probably paved the way for authors like Brown and Berry.
Anyway, after the inventory, I realized I have so many books I have yet to read, but which I bought because I liked either the synopsis of the story or the author. A few were either given or lent to me. But if there’s anything about me you should know, it is that I can live without tv as long as there are nice books to read. And I have tried to pass this on to our children. Kara has known ever since she was about two years old, that I won’t buy her the toys she likes, especially the expensive ones. Whenever we’re in a toy store, I would give her a certain amount of money she could spend for toys. But she also knows that I would buy her any book she wants however pricey it is, because I know she would read it. In fact, when we’re in malls, she still gets a kick out of staying inside Powerbooks. The two little ones, are fast catching up, too. We have stocked up on picture books at home, so it’s understandable the two kids also light up when they see a new book nearby. The difficult thing is, no matter how I give them two different books all the time, they would always fight over one of those books, leaving the other lying around.
But why, you ask, haven’t I read all those books yet? Because most of the time, I get guilty when I have free time and I don’t spend that with the kids. So rather than cozy up in bed reading one of those novels, I play with the piglets or teach them using those picture books, or do something with Ate Kara and Bong. On the off chance that I get some time for myself, I squeeze in some internet surfing at the side, or when I have really little time left, just solve Sudoku/crossword puzzles.
Yet, even when the pile of books is growing, I know in my heart I would still be able to read them. You see, I have this vision of me and Bong, retired and living on our own…the kids living their own lives, maybe with their own families. When that time comes, Bong and I will have a lot of time in our hands and during those times we’re not sharing meals or watching tv or movies together, or having long talks and all that, I figured, I’d be able to enjoy all those books acquired over the years.
But for now, my duties call, and they’re duties I love performing…being wife to Bong and mom to our three kids. The books can wait…or maybe not. I’m starting The Fire, after all.
Books I have yet to read:Clive Cussler Lost City Cornelia Funke Inheart Inkspell Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, pray, love Erma Bombeck Motherhood, the second oldest profession Aunt Erma’s Cope book The grass is always greener under the septic tank Just wait til you have children of your own Ernestine Gilbreth Carey Jumping Jupiter Fern Michaels Hokus Pokus Harvey Mackay Swim with the sharks without being eaten alive Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi Spiderwick Chronicles Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Jonathan Kellerman The Murder Book Jostein Gaarder Sophie’s World Through a glass, darkly Karen Kingsbury Summer Forever Michael Crichton State of Fear Next The great train robbery Neil Gaiman Smoke and Mirrors Complete fairy tales of Oscar Wilde Patricia Cornwell Southern Cross Scott Turow Personal Injuries The Laws of our Fathers Stephenie Meyer The Host Steve Berry Paris Vendetta ———————————————————– Some of my favorite authors are: Bob Ong John Grisham Richard North Patterson Sidney Sheldon Erich Segal Erma Bombeck Michael Crichton Steve Berry Dan Brown Jostein Gaarder Frank Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth (Cheaper by the Dozen) JD Salinger (Catcher in the Rye) Harper Lee (To Kill a mockingbird) Jane Austen (Pride and prejudice) JK Rowling Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason series)