Welcome, Linda! Please start by introducing us to yourself and your family.
My family consists of myself, Linda Marie Finn, my dear husband, Mark, and our 7 blessings (children), 3 still at home who I homeschool: Faith, 11, Hope, 10, and Daniel, 5. My older children are Amanda, 30, who has 4 children: Rebecca, Madison, John and Lizzie, who is in heaven (she had CF); Brittany, 27, who has two children: Issac and Marlena; Wesley, 24, married to Cora Lee and expecting their first baby in December of this year; and Michael, 20, who is still single and a godly young man. We live in the country in rural central NY in a little town called Red Creek in an old farmhouse built in 1853. I was born and raised here in NY in a small town called Catoaka Cowtown ! I have spent most of my life right here in NY state.
Wow! Lots of little blessings in your family! I love that your farmhouse was built in 1853. I’d love to live in a house with that kind of history. With all you have going on, it’s amazing you still find time to read! So when did you first come to identify yourself as a “reader”? What do you most enjoy reading? Do you consider yourself a casual reader, a sporadic reader, a serious reader or an all-out bibliophile?
I can honestly say that I didn’t really learn to read well until 3rd grade, but after I did learn to read I loved to read stories like Little House on the Prairie, The Sugar Creek Gang, Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. I would have to say that I am a serious reader, wishing there were more hours in a day in which to read.
I hear you on that wish! I also have great memories of the books you mentioned. So tell us, what do you most enjoy reading?
I love reading Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry, Health, Quilting and Cookbooks.
Sounds like you read a little of everything! I sometimes read cookbooks, too, but I imagine you read them then actually make some of the recipes! What is the last book you finished and what are you currently reading?
In Christian Historical Fiction I just read Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund and I am currently reading Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof.
Two good ones, that’s for sure! Do you have a favorite time and place to read?
I love to read anytime I get a few free minutes. I love to read in bed or in my chair in the living room cuddled under an afghan or quilt.
I would imagine you get lots of time to cuddle under and read in the winter in NY. Sounds lovely! What is the most unusual circumstance/place in which you’ve been found reading?
Back when I use to own mini Nubian dairy goats, I was once reading a birthing book while helping deliver baby goats. Like I said I am a read to learn type person.
Wow! That is definitely the most unusual reading situation I’ve heard yet! How great that you read to learn as well as read for entertainment. Do you read physical books, ebooks, or both?
I love a real book, but recently I won a kindle fire on “ Falling in Love Texas Style” with Julie Lessman and Becky Wade and I am finding my kindle to be a wonderful thing for me and for my family. If I am busy baking, doing chores, I can turn it on and with text to speech I can allow it to read to me or the children.
Great idea. And how fun to win a big prize like that! Julie and Becky and two wonderful ladies and wonderful authors. So do you buy your books, borrow them from friends or check them out of the library? (Or all of the above!)
I occasionally buy a book on Amazon, Deeper Shopping , CBD or Barnes and Noble. I own my own books now, and I have won many, that I seldom borrow books anymore from the library. But I will if I don’t have a book to a series I am reading.
Well of course! Because in the midst of a series all that matters is knowing what happens next! Do you have any favorite foods or drinks that generally accompany your reading?
Foods… A yummy pumpkin muffin or slice of cheesecake and a cup of hot creamy caramel cappuccino or French vanilla coffee with creamer!
Yum! I’m coming to your house to read. (Apparently I was right. You actually cook from your cookbooks!) Finally, it’s true confessions time: have you ever forgotten something important (to fix dinner or that dinner was in the oven or an appointment, etc) because you were lost in the pages of a book?
I will wholeheartedly admit to forgetting to fix supper on time when lost in another world with my fictional friends or in the deep study of a good devotional book.
I think most of us readers can admit to that.
Thank you so much for sharing a little bit of yourself with us today, Linda. It was so fun to get a glimpse into your reading life.
Happy Reading, Y’all!