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No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.  ~Confucius

Being completely opposite of my sister, I was never an avid reader like Nicole was when we were younger.  Ryan wouldn’t really read books either, but he did read a lot of hunting and fishing magazines.  Both of my parents loved to read, unfortunately, since their eyes are not as youthful as they once were, they read very little now-a-days.

Aunt Heather Piper reading to Kyle Piper
Kyle always did love me reading to him, especially dinosaur books. 11/18/03

Now, I wouldn’t say that I didn’t read or disliked reading, I just never sought out books.  I was always so hyper active, it was very difficult for me to sit and read.  Mom always got us books for Easter, and the books I did read as a kid, I still remember and love them.  In high school, I would have friends lend me books, which I always read.  Besides getting caught up in the stories, I still love the exchange of books and the discussions between friends.  It is always a lot of fun to tell someone about a book you just read, and then making plans to meet up to exchange the book.  Not to mention, the anticipation of the story unfolding for someone else and hearing your perspective.

My eclectic assortment of reading interests encompasses fiction, non-fiction, politics, biographies, art / art history and management / business books.  I don’t really get into horror or sci-fi but I do enjoy a mystery every once in a while.

Embracing e-books is something of I don’t desire yet.  Only because I enjoy the feel of a book in my hands, turning the pages, folding down the corners. and jotting notes in the margin.  I even make bookmarks out of pictures of Kyle, so when I read he is always with me.  Not to say this won’t change, cause I do see the benefits of digital books, but not for me, not at the moment.  Same goes for audio books, I can’t listen to them while I drive.  You see, I have a hard enough time focusing on road, let alone paying attention to a book being recited to me.  Besides I like to go back and re-read pages or lines as I’m reading.

Kyle Piper and Heather Piper reading a book at a picnic
Even at Idlewild Park, Kyle has his books. 2002

I try to lead by example, always encouraging Kyle to read more.  I don’t just expect him to read, I try and sit with him and read to him or listen to him read to me, at least I did when he was a munchkin.  To revisit old friends and suggestion new adventures to others, I track my books on GoodReads.  Sometimes I forget what I’ve read and I like to share my book experience with others.  Plus, it’s a great way to get recommendations.

Below are a list of books I’ve read.  This list is by no means meant to be a promotion, just a simple list.  Please let me know your favorite reads!  I love to hear suggestions.  Enjoy!


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