One of My Loves

Seeing how I’m new to this blog thing, you might expect for me to talk about my faith, husband, or sweet babes. But no I chose for my first post to be about a different love.

My love of reading. I have always known that I love to read.  My mom and dad read to us most nights when we were little. I remember my dad reading the most because he used awesome voices and was so very animated. I can still hear his Reepicheep voice from Narnia.  Somehow during our first years of marriage, I just didn’t read as much.

Well this last year I made it a resolution to read more fiction. Why fiction? Because I freaking love it. I wanted to do something for the pure enjoyment of it. So fiction it was. In 2014 I read SOOO many books. January started out with some Francine Rivers goodness. A couple I had read before and then some newbies. Then I got addicted to The Outlander Series, The Divergent Series (Lord help me), and The Wingfeather Saga. Usually I read book series. It’s fun to get to know the characters on a deeper level that way (NERD ALERT!). Anyway, I think I probably aged a couple years in the last year because I would consistently stay up till 2 in the morning reading. I have 2 small boys who are 14 months apart.  So was this wise? Absolutely not. I had to be on at 7 or 730am or whatever time they woke up.  So yes, I probably aged some with lack of sleep. But I was thoroughly enjoying myself.

Recently, I read an article about how people who read fiction are better friends because they are more empathetic. My friends and husband should feel pretty blessed, ha! Anyway the article used a study from Emory University where they compared fiction readers vs non readers’ brains. Sounds pretty legit, if you ask me.

So why am I writing about this?

Hmmm, well because it’s been on my mind. That’s what I will mostly be writing about on this blog. Anything that’s been on my heart or in my head that I think is worthy of sharing. Plus I think it’s so important for us to read so that we can be examples for our kids. Both my boys LOVE to read. I think because since they were able to hold there heads up my husband and I have read to them. We want our kids to be empathetic friends right?

So here are some things we do to create this love relationship with our boys and books:

Carve out time on the daily to read.

Reading before bed is a great idea and can create a nice “bedtime routine”. Reading when they first wake up can be a nice way to get some snuggles in while they are still sleepy eyed. Really you don’t have to be schedule-y about it.

Reading provides some of the best snuggles. Tips to promote reading in toddlers.

Have books easily accessable:

It could be a fancy reading nook or a comfy pillow on the floor next to a basket of books. I have always had a basket of books next to their rocker.  We have books in a few places. I just want it to be easy for them to grab a book. It is so fun to walk into a room and see their sweet little noggins in a book.

Make Books an option instead of screen time:

Sometimes it would be so much easier to just plop them in front of a screen instead of read to them. If one of my boys is cranky, 9 out of 10 times a book will help set them back in a better mood. They love interaction with us and they love to be close to us. So reading just makes sense. And don’t get me wrong, there is definitely times where we need a little Daniel Tiger or Curious George.

Have a Book Rotation System:

This sounds complicated, but it’s just not. My kids have their favorite books that they could read over and over again. I will keep those out. I will put the books they haven’t looked at in awhile away. That way it is less clutter in your home, plus it gives the books novelty (get it, haha) when you bring them back out again.

Find a 2nd Hand Book Store

You don’t need to buy every book brand new. Find a good 2nd hand store close or go to the library. Ask for books as presents. Some of our favorite books have been given to us by friends and family. There are so many places to get books.

So what are your all time FAVORITE books? I need to add them to my list.  What about kids’ books? Any other reading thoughts?

Thanks for reading!

Lindsey

6 Comments on One of My Loves

  1. Natalie Dettmer
    January 30, 2015 at 8:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Lindsey, this is so sweet. Congrats on your blog! Thanks for sharing. I will be following your blog as often as I can. 🙂 Also, can you post the article you read about fiction readers brains!? My favorite series is and always will be Harry Potter- I even read book four to distract myself during first stage labor. Ha! But I am looking forward to starting the Outlander series any day now. Have you read the book Room? I finished it a couple of months ago and think it is worth recommending!

    Hope you and your sweet family are well!

    Natalie (Naylor) Dettmer

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    • lindseyboone
      January 30, 2015 at 9:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Hey Natalie! I’m so glad you will follow me on here. I love your jewelry by the way. You are killing it. So I couldn’t find the first article I read about the study, but this article describes the same thing: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/why-reading-fiction-makes-you-a-better-person . There was also an interested NY Times article from a couple of years ago. It was called something like “Your Brian on Fiction”. I LOVE Harry Potter as well. It is my favorite series as well. I’m excited for you to start The Outlander series. The first book may be my favorite book… but that’s almost impossible to pick. I will add Room to my reading list. Thanks for the recommendation.

      Hope y’all are doing so well too!
      Lindsey

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  2. Ruth boone
    January 31, 2015 at 3:16 pm (2 years ago)

    You are such a great writer…and a great mom

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    • lindseyboone
      January 31, 2015 at 8:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I love you Ruthie.

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  3. Laura Iacobet
    February 9, 2015 at 6:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Congrats again on your website! Scott gave me the link 🙂

    I am also a HUGE fiction/series fan though I do enjoy memoirs from time to time (The Glass Castle and Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls are two of my favorites).

    I would recommend The Gideon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer. Like HP, the trilogy is very well written and though it is meant for “children”, I found it to appeal to all ages (then again, I’m a bit of a kid myself sooooo what does that say? haha). A few other of my favorites are Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

    I’m always looking for recommendations on what to read next, too! At the moment, I have a definite queue of 5 books that I just ordered from Amazon (and hundreds of others), but if they’re as good as the reviews say then I’ll need to add a 6th asap, hah!

    Best of luck with your site!

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    • lindseyboone
      February 9, 2015 at 10:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Laura! I’m so glad you checked it out. The Glass Castle is on my list to read! I will have to put the Gideon Triology on my list as well. I’m currently on the 4th book of the Wingfeather Saga. It is also a children’s series that is fun to read at any age. I’ve heard wonderful things about Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I’m going to have to add it to my list!

      Thanks so much for the well wishes. You should get on wordpress too! Let me know if you do!

      xo
      Lindsey

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