Harold and the Purple Crayon

The written word. One of my passions since, well, elementary school. I think it was Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson that first caught my attention followed by the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald. Then later I remember discovering the Nancy Drew series and Laura Ingalls Wilder series. Those female characters were so independent and daring. I was hooked!

Later, in Junior High, I remember riding my bike(teal with the coolest floral banana seat ever!) to the local book store in Gaslight Village and dreaming about all the books I wanted to buy. My first purchased romance novel was The Flame and Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I remember thinking, “Is it okay for me to buy this book?!”  The content was so risqué not to mention the cover! Over the years since then, I have devoured many romance novels, but a stand-out series is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander time-travel books. She created a whole world I was only too happy to disappear in!  For the last 12 years I have been in a book club with a wonderful group of women in my community. The varied choices have stretched my taste in genres and have reinforced the old adage to never judge a book by it’s cover!  Which book got you started on your love for reading?

Author: Astrida

Hello! I am a daughter, sister, wife and mom. My proud accomplishments include being married to a wonderful man and we have raised two kind boys. I have two older sisters and we are first generation born Americans since our parents immigrated to the U.S. from Latvia in the 1940's. I rely on my faith in the Lord to help me keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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