Ever since college I have become, what I would consider, a fairly avid reader. When we lived in Kentucky and I was teaching full time, I would come home from school and take a hot bath and read for about 45 minutes almost every day. I was reading about 2-3 books a week. I pretty much only read one type of book, Christian Fictionn – Historical Romances. I discovered this genre when someone introduced me to Francine Rivers. Once I made my way through most of her books ,my neighbor, who is an AVID reader and practically had a christian fiction library in her home, had received the first 25 books in the Gilbert Morris House of Winslow series. I would go down to her house and get 3 or 4 books at a time. I only made it through the first 14 books, I got pretty burned out on them. Then I discovered Tracie Patterson. As of today, I have read about 13 of her books (I”m waiting for 2 to be released this summer.) I am saying all of this to point out that I have gotten into a literary rut! I have settled in this one genre (with the exception, of course, of Harry Potter and the Twilight Series) and can’t seem to break out.
Well, a few months ago I was looking for something to read. I didn’t want to go buy a book so I decided to go through some of the chapter books I have saved from while I was teaching, and see if I had any classics. I found the Little House in the Prairie box set and I thought about reading them but I just wasn’t excited about it. Well, about this time one of the students in our student ministry started talking about how she was reading Anne of Green Gables. I have always been curious about these books so I decided that I wouldgo for it. I went to the library and checked out the first book. Let me say, I HAVE NOT been disapointed. I can see now why these books are “classics”. I LOVE it. I borrowed all of the books in the series from the before mentioned student and I am working my way through them. (I don’t get to read as much now that I have a 9 month old!)
I am so glad that I decided to step out of my Christian Historical Romantic Fiction (isn’t that a mouthful) rut. It has been a very welcome change. So I end this entry with a question, what genre would you suggest I tackle next?!?!?!?!?!?