I know, I’ve really really been a bad blogger when it comes to doing Spin Cycles. Bad, bad, bad!
It’s summer, though, and I’m busy and the past few topics haven’t really got my juices flowing but this one…
Books. Beloved Books! I love books. Zach loves books. His dad loves books. My folks love books. My sister loves books. We love to read. Reading is a window to another world. You can learn about different cultures. You can be transported to far away lands. You can relate to different characters and see parts of yourself in them.
For me, reading isn’t just fun, it’s a way to learn about different things; to escape my own reality (though don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my own reality!).
When I was a young, horseless girl, I dreamed about having a horse to ride; galloping across an open pasture or field; a horse to feed apples to; to feel its breath upon my neck. I read every single book in “The Black Stallion” Series by Walter Farley (I still own all of those copies, and a copy from the 1950s that was my dad’s). I read every single issue of Horse and Rider I recieved, and I read cover to cover, more than once, an Encylopedia of the Horse that my dad purchased for me on one of his many trips to Europe. I also loved “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry. Let’s not forget about the classic tail of “Black Beauty”. Also a favorite of mine! I loved and still do love the James Herriot Collection: “All Creatures Great and Small“. Who can forget, “My Friend Flicka”. I remember just bawling when I thought she was going to die! If it’s a book about horses, I still, to this day, have probably read it, am reading it, or it’s on the list to read!