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Saturday, April 15, 2006

I did it!
One of the benefits of blogging for me has been reconnecting with my college friends, who are all big readers. I have been jealous of their book review posts and methods for reading and marking books. It has lit a little fire under me to make the time to read. I don't enjoy reading at all, but have been determined to change that about me.
When I realized that Russell M. Nelson (who is one of the 12 Apostles in our chruch) was a heart surgeon and had 10 kids, and that he had a biography out, I said, "I have got to read this book" I got it a few weeks ago and have not been able to put it down. I finished it last night. I was just so proud of myself for starting something and finishing it.
This man is amazing. I was most impressed with his self discipline, and beleive that is what has made him as successful as he is.
One of my favorite quotes of the book was.

" The decision to go into medicine was forged by two realizations: One was that was where my talents lay. I had a great desire to do research, to go into the unknown. The other was that I liked people. I wanted to served them. I reasoned that the finest career that would be available to a human being would be that of mother. Inasmuch as that was out of the question for me, I reasoned that the second occupations would be medicine . There I could help people every day and teach them."

It was a wonderful book and an excellent read! So I went ahead an bought my new book and will start it tonight. Scroll down the side bar to see my new read.

6 comments:

Jill said...

Congratulations! That's awesome that you finished it. It's a big deal, because if you don't like reading then it isn't the luxury for you that it is for those of us who do love it. Did you mark the book or write down certain quotes you liked or what? I really like the quote you posted from the book. What else did you take away from it?

Your next selection looks great too.

Amie said...

I love biographies! I will have to get this one. A couple of years ago I read a bunch of bios of the prophets but now I should go on and look into the apostles. Thanks for sharing.

mom said...

kudos Kristi B. I'm so proud of you. I'm so glad you found the time. Your next book is the one Jeff bought me, and I haven't read it yet. It was such a sweet gift. But I will also start it tonight. Then we can share how we like it. All I have been reading since January is the Old Testament, and I spend a lot of time studying the footnotes. It's a real bear, but I have the SS manuels on a CD to help. Here's to Good Reading!!

SEC said...

Way to go Kristi!!! The book you are starting looks like a good book as well. I am always looking for a good book.............

Amy said...

Congratulations. I do a ton of reading but I almost never read LDS books. I think it has something to do with being an English major at BYU. All of the Professors look down on LDS fiction. I would love to read some of the biographies out there of the General Authorities. Thanks for the good recommendation. Also I'g gmald to see you're reading Widow of the South. I really enjoyed it. I talked with a girl in my ward book club who lived in the South for a time, who got really into Southern literature. She liked it too. Good luck with your further reading. I can't wait to hear more.

michelle said...

Congratulations, Kristi! I'm so excited for you. And how fun that you and your mom can read the same book next and share your thoughts. I just realized that I have read a lot of Southern fiction and really enjoyed it. Maybe you would, too! I'll have to compile a list for you.