I am a reader! I love books. There is nothing betting than getting lost in a story and looking forward to getting back to a book when you have to put it down. I try to read good books before the movie comes out. My son and I are on the third Harry Potter book. Each night we are reading a chapter and he looks forward to it as much I do. I love that he loves reading as much as I do. Darin is a reader too. I love that about him. One of my favorite date nights we had was just sitting by each other in complete silence with the windows open in our room reading in silence. I was lost in the world of Forks and he was riding the range in Texas lost in a Zane Grey book. (If we had, had another boy he would have been named Zane after Zane Grey.) We decided that all of our pets would be named after story characters we loved. Our first dog was named Scarlett. We are saving for a new dog to get this summer and the kids and I know she will be named Bella. The Twilight series has been an awesome read! I loved reading The Other Bolynne Girl and all of the books by this author about the Tutor reign in England and their Queens. Historical fiction is awesome! Sophie Kincella is another one of my favorite authors. Her Shopaholic series is so funny! But, by far Nicolas Sparks is my favorite! I just wish people did not have to die in all of his books. It is fun that a lot of my friends are readers too. We trade good books around and then talk about them. I am currently reading a new Francine Rivers book, Voices in the Wind. It is about the early persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. My favorite Francine Rivers book is, Redeeming Love. That book is a must read! I can't wait to start, Wicked, next. This is the story about the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. I borrowed it from my sister-in-law and it is sitting on my desk waiting for me to dive in. I try to have a fiction book that I am reading and a nonfiction book for self-help. I am also reading Approval Addiction by Joyce Meyers. So that would mean I was currently reading 3 books right now. Dalton and I will finish Harry Potter and the Prisoner from Azkaban this week and can't wait to start, The Goblet of Fire. We hope to have read all of them before the next movie come out this summer.
My number 2 fact goes a long with reading. I have a learning disability and was told it would affect my reading. When I read Gone with the Wind in 6th grade they rethought that. It was discovered in college that I have S.S.S. I can't remember what it stands for but it is a light issue with my brain and eyes. I used the colored overlays in school to help me be able to read. Bright white paper that most tests and worksheet are written on was hard to read. I saw rivers of white in between the words and light sparkling off the paper. This is due to the florescent lighting that is used in schools. It was like looking at a 3D puzzle and waiting for the words to come out of the page so I could read them. Add testing anxiety or a time limit when in a testing situation in school and I could not do it. That made taking scantron test unbearable. I would miss sentences in directions that were printed out to assignments. It was like I never saw it on the page. One professor started highlighting the directions for me and taught me to do that for all my assignments so I would not miss important instructions. I even did that when I was teaching school and having to fill out important documents for testing students. When reading most other books they are not printed on bright white paper and I have no trouble. Plus, I love natural light as much as possible. I was given extra time on taking my ExCet tests for teaching. I was allowed to write directly on the tests with unlimited time and used my covered overlays. I was also given a separate testing room to eliminate distraction while reading. I was given my own bathroom pass to get up and leave the testing environment when I needed too. When your degree is in Special Education I knew who to write to and how to ask the official test givers for all of my testing accommodations. I took my SATs and TAAS test the same way when I was in school. I find people's little quirts with studying and test taking fascinating. Like, me needing to clean my house and have clean open spaces when studying in college so I can concentrate. That is if I did not opt to leave my house totally and go study outside. This is opposite when I compare to the way Darin use to study. In Seminary he would lay in our closest floor with his notes and books all around him. He needed a closed in space to be able to concentrate. It is one of the reasons I went into special education. If letting a kid sit on the floor to take a test in natural lighting makes him successful in school then I am glad there is such an easy fix to making a kid successful in school. So there are my two random facts.