How I view…Literature Blog Circle | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

Literature.  It amazes me when I hear people say they don’t like to read.  I often ask why, what is it about reading that you don’t like?  Why don’t you like to be taken away to another time, another country, a situation that is so far removed from your own.

I don’t really recall when my love of reading started.  I don’t remember being read to as a young child by my parents.  I wonder if my kids remember the days we would read the same book over and over again.  My oldest, when he was a young toddler loved Dr. Suess!  I can’t tell you how many times we read Are you my mother?  and the A, B, C Book.  We are told by the experts to read read read to our children, so I did.  A lot.  And of my three children, only one is an avid reader, and its not my Dr. Suess boy!  My boys, especially my oldest, who’s 17, don’t particularly like to sit and read.  My 11 year old only does because we make him.  But my 15 year old daughter, is exactly like me, she would read for hours and hours, book after book.  So I guess I got one right!

I think my love of reading started in elementary school.  My favorites were Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew mysteries, and anything by author Judy Blume.  I also got the series Anne of Green Gables and instantly fell in love.  All of these are so different, yet drew me in for different reasons.  I think I have read the Little House series close to 100 times.  Seriously.  And who can forget Are You There God, Its Me, Margaret? by Judy Blume.  My friends and I started our own club in 5th grade and I had to ask my mom to buy me a bra, and we actually snapped the backs to make sure we were wearing them.

In Junior High, while some were reading the Babysitters Club, I was reading Oliver Twist, Animal Farm, The Bell Jar.  Of course, some of these books I was taking from my mother’s book shelf.  I think that’s why I had such a love for reading.  She was putting herself through college around the time I started my love for reading, so she herself was reading a lot.  In high school, while Stephen King was a huge hit for most kids, I was reading The Chosen, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Great Gatsby.  I loved reading books that made me think, that were chock full of symbolism.

I have books all over my house.  I use them to decorate, and more importantly to remind myself that there is more to this life than cooking, cleaning, work.  Its a reminder that our brains need a little “me” time too!  We need to feed our creativity a little bit.  The imagination of writers is limitless, and we should take the gifts they give us through literature, and let it take us to places we never knew existed, or if we do, see it in a different way.  I have been to Russia, Vietnam, Islands in the Pacific, Outer Space.  We can see how people live.  I have been inside mansions, I have lived on the street, I have traveled home to home with orphans.  I have been inside the mind of a killer, a mentally ill woman, a child who had died and seen God.  My current favorites are in the first picture on the top left.

When you are given the gift of escape for even just a little while, to gain knowledge, find pleasure and be inspired, why wouldn’t you read?

This Blog project is one started by a group of women whose passion for photography has brought us together.  This is the second month of our How I View: Blog Circle project.  I am excited to share my fellow photographer’s views with you.  Please follow the circle around to see what my friends have to say about literature.  Marlo Yoshimoto is next in the line.

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  • Brennan - oh heidi! I love love love love love love Anne of Green Gables…one of my all time favorites! The first shot is so amazing-I love it !ReplyCancel

    • HLHowarD1970 - Thanks Brennan! I love Anne of green gables too, so much!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Heidi, your images are wonderful and I so want to escape into a book right now! I was just talking today to a co-worker about how much literature provides an escape for my brain. Shame there is very little time for escaping these days!ReplyCancel

  • Deirdre - I so enjoyed this post. Thank you for mentioning it in the comment on my site, Heidi. I too don’t remember being read to (I was one of 9, there wasn’t much time for reading to kids) but both my parents were passionate readers themselves and I’ve come to believe it is just as important (if not more) for kids to see their own parents make time for books if we want our kids to be readers.

    Loved this peek into your bookshelves, both past and present. Hope you’ll continue to share when you find new books to love. Are you on goodreads?ReplyCancel

  • Karthika - Very well written Heidi! – I want to know more about the boxes with the words and what looks like herbs…seems like an interesting corner of your house 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I love you even more now! I didn’t know you were a reader. I loved Anne of Green Gables and The Bell Jar is one of my absolute favorite books! I just love that first picture, well done!ReplyCancel

  • Erika - Now I want to go curl up with a book and read! And I also loved “Judy Bloom.” You had me laughing about the snapping bras. Sounds like me and my friends at that age. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth - This is so great! I laughed out loud when I read your line about Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret! Sooo many memories…And I see the Book Thief! LOVE that one! 🙂 Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Julie M - Heidi – what a beautiful and thoughtful post! I loved Kite Runner too. I also read the same books as you growing up – loved Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew and of course Judy Blume. You can tell your books are very loved! I love the different perspectives in your images. The first one of your son is my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Marlo Yoshimoto - absolutely LOVE your write up and photos. You brought me back to my teens as well!ReplyCancel

  • Brigette - We read a lot of the same books growing up! Your post is wonderful! I have one of each and haven’t pushed my daughter but I hope that she’ll grow up to love reading like the rest of us do.ReplyCancel

  • Camille - You read a lot! Good for you. I loved Nancy Drew. Beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • kimberly - Wow! I love your view on this topic. And you are so right about there being more to life than cooking, cleaning, and work. I think we can easily obsess over those things and not allow ourself time to do something we really enjoy. Great images and words!ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - beautifully written post!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - We have a lot of favorite titles in common! I hope my son grows up to be a reader like your kids 🙂ReplyCancel

  • carol - omgosh! You brought me back to my teens with Judy Blume! lol I love it. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - This makes me want to sit down and dig in to a great read!ReplyCancel