While running in the early morning, I’ve been listening to some talks on tape and it has been such an uplifting experience. In particular, this one talk had a deep impact on me. The speaker was stressing the importance of filling our days with things that we truly believe in. “Truly believe in…” This phrase kept echoing through my mind, over and over again. Have I enlisted myself in a cause that I truly believe in? Aside from being a mother and wife, what am I DOING with my time that is a ‘worthy cause’? Of course, I am in school online, and being involved in my church and community I find ample opportunities to serve… but as I got to thinking about this, I was reminded of a website that I had stumbled across almost a year ago. It is called Rated Reads.
I am the MOST avid of all readers. I have a goal to read 100 books this year and I am on #79. In my pursuits to be entertained by GREAT books, I have stumbled across my fair share of smut. It is frustrating to be totally engrossed in an otherwise perfectly good story, and then, be utterly blindsided by vulgarity, violence, language or sexuality. It ruins the story for me, and oftentimes I have to put it down despite my desperate curiosity to know the ending. I told Nate about my searches for a censoring website online that would categorize books according to content. I couldn’t find one. “Eventually I’m going to make my own website…” I told Nate. The only predicament is that I would therefore need to read EVERYTHING, including the smut, in order to have all books rated on my future website. THAT was disheartening apart from the fact that it just seemed overwhelmingly impossible.
But one day… I found it. Rated Reads fell into my lap and gave me both a way to censor my own reading picks, but also to display my findings and write reviews and ratings for the books that I read myself. This will be SO great for when someday, my kids need books to read that I haven’t read before. It feels good to be involved in such a great ’cause’. Big thanks to those who started this amazing project, and thank you for letting me be involved in it.