Literacy Musing Mondays

Literacy Musing Mondays: When Did You Fall in Love with Reading?

June 13

Hello, and welcome back to Literacy Musing Mondays!  Even if it’s not Monday when you get around to reading this, you may still link up.  It stays open thru Saturday morning. Yay!

Leigh Ellen Eades is our guest poster today. She writes about her own experience as a reluctant reader until she found that one special book that inspired her to love reading.

What is the one book that changed your mind about reading or helped inspire you to love books? Share in the comments below. 


A Day No Pigs Would Die :

A Book That Instilled A Love for Reading

By Leigh Ellen Eades

Growing up I loved to check the mail. I’d run to the mailbox each day in anticipation of finding an envelope or package with my name on it. My momma had subscribed me to several reading clubs and books were arriving continually. I’d safely say I had more books than toys. Yet, no matter how many books arrived, one thing was still missing. My desire to read.

Early in my reading journey I began comparing my ability to the ability of the other kids in my class. I saw myself as “less than,” and as a result, I closed up. I dreaded being called on to read aloud in class and writing answers to comprehension questions made me want to cry! Sadly, I didn’t enjoy reading.

Then I started high school and was given an energetic ninth grade English teacher. Never before had a teacher made me enjoy English quite like she did. Every lesson she taught captured my attention. I looked forward to anything she taught, until the day she announced we were responsible for a book report. My heart sank!

Our class took a trip to the school library to check out books. I watched as others ran to the shelves and immediately found books they couldn’t wait to read. Slowly, I strolled around the room as discouragement breathed down my neck. Thousands of books stared at me, but none of them looked appealing. How would I pass this assignment?

My empty-handed wandering must have caught my teacher’s attention. She came alongside me and struck up a conversation. I didn’t want to disappoint her, but I just wasn’t into reading. We talked a little while, and then she said, “I think I know just the book for you.” I wasn’t convinced, but I trusted her and checked it out.

A Day No Pigs Would Die [affiliate link] (Robert Newton Peck) became the book that convinced me I could love to read. After years of dread, I found a book I couldn’t put down. I completed my book report with joy and confidence. And, I’m certain it was because a teacher saw me wandering around the library, took time to learn my interests, and then introduced me to my niche in the literary world.

Yes, the girl who once dreaded reading now plans her daily activities around having time to read! And, someday she hopes to author a book of her own!

Leigh Ellen Eades writes about books that inspire her love of reading.

Leigh Ellen Eades is a writer and friend who is driven to help others discover the power of abiding in Christ. She began her writing career after 12 years as an elementary teacher. Presently, she enjoys being a stay at home mom, while following her writing dreams. You can connect with Leigh Ellen on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog,

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup where we link up posts about what inspires you in reading, writing, blogging, and even share our written Bible devotions.

First, let’s


Meet Your Hosts (3)


Leslie@Forever Joyful
Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/ Instagram/Google+
Tami @ThisMomsDelight

Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

An Open Letter to the New Homeschooler I Met Today

By Shelly Sangrey @RedHheadMom8



Shelley offers some great advice for new homeschoolers. If you are thinking about homeschooling, this post inspires and is a great place to start.


My Favorite Post of the Week:

Where is Your Haven?  via @GaylWright

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites.Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

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Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often. :)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
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Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!



  • Reply
    Mary Hill
    June 13 at 9:42 am

    Hi, thanks for all that you do for the linkup. 🙂 I really appreciate you.
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  • Reply
    June 17 at 12:52 pm

    Tami, thank you so much! I was writing it to myself, too, because I’ve all but lost that special early time alone with God. I want to do it every day and I’m working towards that again. I’m glad my post has encouraged you, and that encourages me. 🙂 We can encourage each other as we work towards “rediscovering” the best haven of all – spending time with God! Thank you again, dear Tami! xo
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