During my life, I have been an on and off big reader. I wish I could say that there were more on than off periods but that would not be true. I now subscribe to the wisdom on the tee-shirt, “So Many Books, So Little Time.” I also subscribe to the wisdom of my Mother who by example showed us that reading was just as important as anything else she had to do in her life. If you have any argument with that, talk to her about it. I wish I could.
I don’t especially like the same books that she liked. In fact, as I look back I can’t think of many books that we agreed on other than the Harry Potter books which I shared with her. She never made it to the end of the series. She was reading, I think Order of the Phoenix when she no longer had the strength to hold the books. I have never removed her bookmark. I like to think she knows how the series ended. Maybe she was even whispering in J.K Rowling’s ear as she was finishing the Deathly Hallows.
Some things are so personal or so deeply ingrained in us as to require us to feel we have to defend our positions. Some things like that, I simply won’t talk about…politics…religion…don’t ask me…I love you, but you can’t make me discuss them so please don’t try.
I think books allow a much calmer, though in many cases very dedicated devotion. I think I can discuss why you love Stephen King or James Patterson or why I finally got so frustrated with Janet Evanovich (please make a decision and get a new Plot!!) that I won’t buy her books even for $1.00 at the library book sale. I’m embarrassed to say it took me to Sizzling Sixteen to figure this out, but I like to give an author a chance.
I found The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn at Goodwill.
Knowing nothing of the author, Janis Hallowell, I thought I’d give it a try…big spender…49 cents! But it was an enjoyable book. Clever premise, characters that I came to care for, easy reading. I was happy I “found” it. So many books I find this way. Knowing nothing in advance about the book or author.
I’m currently reading The Paperboy by Pete Dexter.
Again found at Goodwill for my favorite price (say it with me…49 cents!) The back cover made it sound interesting, so it was mine. I now find out it’s been made into a movie which moved it up on the list. On the off-chance we might want to see the movie…I always want to read the book first. Gives me something to complain about later.
This book is so well written. The bizarre thing is, I can’t even tell you why I say that. There’s just something about the flow of the author’s prose (please step away from the English major!) So far I’m enjoying it very much and hope to be able to give it some serious attention this afternoon.
I was excited on Saturday’s trip to Goodwill that I found the first three books of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Paperback, so 49 cents each. I’ve always wanted to read the series and this will give me a start.
I love recommendations for books. Recently I’ve been getting into Young Adult fiction, but I’m open-minded. My sister Ele has a set of Jane Austen that I had given my Mom some years ago. I’ve never read them, so I’m thinking of borrowing them back. If you have any good recommendations…please share them!
I also have a terrible habit of trying to see what other people are reading when I’m out in public. It’s rather humorous. I’ll crane my neck in all directions to see what they’re reading. I just like to know what’s available, and when it comes to books I’ll usually give anything a chance. I do try to catch up on the classics I may have missed. Not always a good idea, though. I had never read Catcher In The Rye. Some years ago, I found a tattered copy at a yard sale for 25 cents. I still think I paid too much… I won’t argue about it with you, but I’d love to know what you think!