Rediscovering My Love of Library Books

The title of this post is a bit misleading. I’ve always loved to read. I’ve never forgotten that I love reading, or felt a desire to not read anymore. But since I “grew up”, and especially in the last few years, I’ve felt that I didn’t have time.

All through school and into college, a stack of library books perpetually lived in my bedroom. That’s where I spent much of my free time. But then something changed. I graduated. I got a “real” job. I got married. I still loved reading, but months would go by without me picking up a single book. This made me sad, but I didn’t know how to change it. I just didn’t have the time to waste.

I think I was conditioned to think this way. Adults used to tell me they used to read a lot but couldn’t find the time anymore. Especially after having kids. I never saw adults carrying stacks of books through the library, not like I did. So it made sense that I didn’t have time anymore either. After all, I worked all day, and when I got home there was still dinner to make and a house to clean. Weekends were spent catching up on house things, or doing couple things, or just vegging in front of the TV because I was completely unmotivated to do anything else.

My perspective has now changed. Granted, I’ve officially been unemployed for more than a year. I spent some time helping my family after my mother’s surgery, then my husband and I did the whole military-move thing. My days now are mostly spent at home, pursuing whatever I want. I’m busier than I’ve ever been. I’m writing, I read for my critique partner (and others, occasionally), I work part-time for an online company. I do the house things: cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, etc. I train and exercise our puppy. I have church commitments. But there’s currently a stack of library books on my dining room table.

I’ve realized over the past year that if something is important to me, I need to make time for it. It’s a simple lesson, but one I put off for far too long. It’s what’s motivating me to buckle down on my writing. I love to read, and if I truly want to do it, I need to sacrifice something else.

So I make it a point to read now. Sometimes it’s only an hour while I eat my lunch. Sometimes it’s a couple of hours in the evening, when I’ve planned my day right and managed to get everything else done. Sometimes it’s even an entire Saturday, when I’ve had a long and stressful week and need to take a day off. My point being, I want it in my life. So I find places that it fits.


Grammar Joke

Today’s post is a fun one. Here is an image I downloaded several months ago from theCHIVE, because I’m a nerd who thinks grammar jokes are funny.


Happy writing all!

Future Competition

My niece is writing a book. You know how everyone thinks their kids are the best? Well, I don’t have any kids, but my nieces and nephews rock. Claire just turned 7, and she’s one smart cookie. Today I thought I’d share her book with you:

Not bad, huh?

As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

About Me


Thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Jessica, and this is my first time writing a blog, so please bear with me as I’m sure there’s a learning curve.


I grew up in a mapdot town in central Indiana. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University that I haven’t used since 2012. I’m currently living in New Mexico, where my husband is stationed at an Air Force base. Reading and writing have always been my favorite hobbies, but I never believed that I could make a career out of them. Now, I’m trying to rectify that. It is my goal to become a successful, published author.

Why WordSalad?

Word Salad is defined by Merriam-Webster as “unintelligible, extremely disorganized speech or writing manifested as a symptom of a mental disorder”. It’s an accurate description of what I hope to achieve with this blog. It will be disorganized and possibly unintelligible. Everything related to my love/hate relationship with words will find its way here: my journey as an aspiring author, projects I’m working on, things I’m learning, writing samples, the books I’m reading.

What’s In It For You?

There are lot of websites clamoring for your attention. So why should you read mine? It’s my hope that in sharing my experiences, you will be inspired to begin your own journey, encouraged to fight alongside me, or maybe just be entertained for a few brief moments.

Cool Things About Me (’cause I like to brag a little)

  • I went skydiving with my dad for my 18th birthday
  • I’ve traveled to Canada and Italy, in addition to many parts of the U.S.
  • I was chosen by James Patterson as a semi-finalist in his 2017 co-author competition
  • I shoot a compound bow (not well, I don’t practice enough)
  • I have a chocolate lab named Barrett and a yellow tiger cat named Timmer

My Favorite Books

I don’t have a favorite book, or even a favorite author. How could I? But these are some of my favorites, and if you haven’t read them yet, you should:

  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
  • Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  • Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Now you know everything about me that you need to enjoy this blog moving forward. I hope that you’ll join me and learn along with me as I fight to make my dreams a reality.