Books and your life

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Does what you read “for pleasure” tell you something about your personality? Oscar Wilde once wrote “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines who you will be when you can’t help it”. In essence, I think, we seek specific reading content that reflects our identities and views. There was a study that examined the connection between personality and people’s favorite books. It was based on the Big 5 Personality Traits:

Openess (those people who are creative, imaginative, curious and adventurous) Those people tended to read books that stimulated their intelligence and mostly read non-fiction, art books and some classics.

Conscientiousness (those people who were thoughtful, organized, goal-orientated) Those people tended to read religious, and  books in their career field.

 Extroverts (those people who were sociable, expressive, talkative, outgoing.) Those people read books about relationships, memories and autobiographies.

Agreeableness ( those people who were kind, trusting, cooperative)  Agreeable people read mostly books about relationships, faith-based and family drama.

Neuroticism (Neurotic people tended to have mood swings, lots of anxiety issues and are stressed a lot of the time. These people read to escape their lives so sci-fi books are high on their agenda.

In my view our tastes in books change over time like our lives. When I was young I loved to read adventure stories. As a teenager,  I read all the Nancy Drew books and of course, “The Little House” books. I was introduced to “Black Beauty by my Grandmother and so began my “love affair with horses and western. I admit freely that I liked most of “the required reading”books of high school and college (“Rebecca” and Tale of Two Cities” to name a couple).

If you take a look at The Good Reads column on the right side of my posts you will see a partial lit of what I m currently reading.

What does your bookcase say about you?

~Sallie

 

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More Summer Bucket List ideas and books

Peach Tree Farms by Charles Wysocki

 

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Here are 10 more ideas for your journal:

  • Attend an outdoor concert. Many towns advertise these venues in early summer. Pack up a few snacks, your favorite beverage, lawn chair, jacket and Sun screen and relax!
  • Ride in a hot air balloon. Take yourself to new heights and see what the world looks like from a bird’s-eye-view. To afraid? Watch from below.
  • Visit or book a night in a tree house. My husband and I are fans of a tv show called Tree House Masters. Very skilled carpenters build absolutely stunning tree houses for clients. If you can’t find a tree house, go visit a lighthouse.
  • Go on a train ride. You don’t have to travel far – maybe just a few hours away. Some trains offer meals.
  • Adopt a pet from a shelter.
  • Work in a soup kitchen.
  • Go to your high school reunion. This can be a very good experience!
  • Go on a retreat. Most of you who have been followers of this blog know that I attend a retreat every year. You learn a lot about yourself when you slow down in solitude and evaluate what’s important in your life and where you are headed.
  • Go without the internet for a week or two.
  • Read a banned book. While “Lord of the flies” is definitely fits this category, did you know that “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer ‘s stone” was once banned also?

My book pics for the summer:

  1. “Beneath a scarlet sky” by Mark Sullivan
  2. ” George Washington’s Secret Six” by Brian Kilmeade
  3. “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat” by John Ortberg
  4. “The Bridge” by Karen Kingsbury

Wishin’ to read:

  1. “Inner Hero Creative Art Journal” by Quinn McDonald
  2. “The Culper Ring” by Charles Rivers Editors
  3. ” Be in  tree house” by Pete Nelson

Have a great summer.

~Sallie

Books

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Looking for a book to read about un-sent letters? Here are some you might like.

“Letters never sent”     by Sandra Moran

” Absolutely truly”        by Heather Vogel Frederick

” What she left behind”   by Marie Wiseman

” The Spice Box Letters  by Eva Makis

“The Letter”  by Kay Correll

“The Lavender Ribbon” by Heather Burch

 

~Happy Reading, Sallie

Random Acts of Gratitude

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Day 15 reads:

” Read a story to children at a book store or library, better yet volunteer at the local elementary school to do this on a recurring basis!”

Quotes for book lovers

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following quotes are for YOU!

Enjoy.

~Sallie

“You never have to change anything. You get up in the middle of the night to write.”     Saul Bellow

 

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”

E.E. Cummings

 

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”    Plato

 

“A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.”  Henry Ward Beecher

 

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

J.K. Rowling

 

“We read five words on the first page of a really good book and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images.”   John Gardner

 

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