Writers, if you are not a lover of books, you need to have your heads examined. Seriously, you cannot, CANNOT be a good writer if you do not read! I have always loved books. As an only child, I grew up reading – making fictional friends to take the place of siblings. The first books I clearly remember reading were Richard Scarry’s picture books. Then it was Ramona Quimby and her big sister Beezus! Nancy Drew, Little House on the Prairie, Little Women….
I was a book nerd in high school, too. When other kids goofed off in free periods, I’d go bother the librarian. My high school librarian Mrs. Long, was a big, intimidating lady, but damn, she had great taste in books! She introduced me to The Hobbitt and my favorite book of all times: Dune, by Frank Herbert. This is the book that I’d want with me if I were marooned on a desert island. (Desert? Get it?)
But honestly, there are so many close seconds… I’ve read the complete Sherlock Holmes collection and not just because of the TV series, either. (Although, I could listen to Benedict Cumberbatch reading the phone book. That voice…) Other favorites include: Robinson Crusoe, The Count of Monte Cristo, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. More contemporary favorites are Tom Clancy’s: The Hunt For Red October, John Grisham’s: A Time To Kill, Khaled Hosseini’s: The Kite Runner and Sara Gruen’s: Water For Elephants.
Anthony Trollope asked, “What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book and a cup of coffee?” I couldn’t agree more! Perhaps I would add to that: a rainy or snowy day and a cozy blanket to wrap around your shoulders. To be forced by the weather to stay inside and curl up with a book? Heaven! And to have one with some heft, too, be it paper or electrons! As far as I’m concerned, a good story can go on forever! Lord of the Rings? Bring it on! Red Mars? Yes! I already gushed about Dune, right? Yeah well, there’s a trilogy!
Do you like spoilers? Can you stand waiting till the end to find out if “our hero” makes it? I have to be honest, before the advent of e-readers, I was unable to resist checking the last page of the book just to see if everyone gets out alive! It’s not like it’s impossible to check in an e-book… But I just don’t do it! Weird.
Anyway, I read many different genres and enjoy them all: mystery, thriller, romance, science fiction, espionage, historical fiction, biography… It’s been said that you can know a person by the type of books he (or she) reads. What does that say about me? Am I unknowable?!? Hmm. Perhaps just multi-faceted. Oooh yes, that sounds deep and sophisticated! *Snort*
Lately, I’ve been reading more historical fiction than anything else. I recently read Vikingr by my friend, JS Malpas and have been swept away by the moving story of a blind girl and a young German soldier in All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. So what are you currently reading? Tell me what books you love! And what’s on your to-read list? If you like, join me on Goodreads! Winter is coming, let’s all curl up with a good book!
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