I have often written on my other blog about my love for books which has been around pretty much forever (in fact most of this post was written back in January at my other blog and I just re-wrote some things for this one). With being out of school now (yes, I am an official college graduate!!! Woohoo!!) and having more free time on my hands, I have found that love re-kindled and burning brighter and harder than ever before. All I long to do is lay in bed for days reading all of my new books (I have 9 on my shelf and many more on my Nook that I haven't even touched yet). But I know that I have responsibilities at work and in life. So that is what keeps me from giving into my bed and books. I know that I have a wedding to pay for, a credit card bill that comes every month (which unfortunately is very large lately with all of the wedding stuff) and student loans that will soon need to be paid on. I know that I have relationships with family and friends to invest in. I know that I have a GOD who longs to spend time with me right away, first and foremost, rather than waiting until I finish the next chapter or next book in whatever series I am currently reading. I know these things. But sometimes it's hard to not get lost in the words and pages.
One of my current favorite Disney movies is Beauty and the Beast. I watched it countless times on my internship in Peru and have watched it three or four times since coming home. Every time I watch it I feel like I identify more and more with Belle. In the first song of the movie the townspeople are singing about how strange Belle is. And some of the lyrics are as follows:
I am now reading Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs. It is based on the story of Ruth and Naomi from the book of Ruth in the Old Testament. I love Liz's books. I read four of her historical fiction novels while on my internship and loved them! I read Thorn In My Heart, Fair is the Rose, Whence Came a Prince and Grace in Thine Eyes. They are novels based off of the story of Jacob, Leah, Rachel and Dinah from the book of Genesis in the Old Testament. But the twist is that they are set in 18th century Scotland. So incredible! The stories, the characters, the settings are amazingly well done. Vibrant, multi-faceted, unique and always changing. I found myself captivated as I dove into the stories of Leanna, Rose, Jamie and Davina (the female version of the name David). Liz Curtis Higgs has an incredible talent and her books are so very enjoyable. It's hard not to get caught up in the story and think that you yourself are in Scotland living life with her characters.