I am a reader. It gives me, Ms. Sharpie, great pleasure to write that sentence.
I am a reader. I love to read. I have always loved to read. If I didn’t have a book in my hand, I would pick up anything near me and read it. I read until my eyes hurt. I read until my butt would hurt from sitting in one place too long.
But I wouldn’t change a thing.
True story: when I lived in Italy with my family, I ran into a lady at the local base store. We recognized each other, as most are wont to do at one time or another when living a military life. We asked each other what bases we had been at, but none of them matched. So, I asked her what high school she graduated from. Come to find out, I had graduated with her brother and she had graduated a couple of years ahead of us. She looked at me, and that look of recognition crossed her face, and then she said, “I remember you now! You always had your nose in a book!”
There are worse ways to be remembered!
I have continued to be a reader, having worked my way through all of the Harry Potter novels, all of the Hunger Games books and countless books in between. I have lived with these characters as their lives have played out in the pages that I hold in my hands. I read, and get so involved in the characters and the story lines, that it takes me awhile to come out of them.
Yes, I get book hungover. The characters in a well written book are not just characters to me. For example, call me crazy, but I was seriously pissed when the Dark Tower series by Stephen King ended the way it did. That was MY ka-tet! Those were MY friends that he treated so badly!
I will state here, for the record, that when Stephen King was hit by that van a few years ago, I wanted to know if he was alive because he had to finish the Dark Tower novels. Yes, I do understand that that makes me, at my core, a bad person. But, hey, I was rooting for him to get better! 🙂
I will admit that I did shoot off an email to Nicholas Sparks after I read “Message in a Bottle.” I was so depressed after reading that book that I vowed never to read another book of his. Don’t try to convince me to read “The Notebook,” or “Dear John.” No way. A vow is a vow. No more Nicholas Sparks for me.
I enjoy a plethora of books and genres. I went and read all of the Sherlock Holmes novels after seeing the new movies. They were wonderful! I even have been known to enjoy some Shakespeare. Laurell K. Hamilton, JD Robb and Charlaine Harris are all favorites of mine, right now. I have enjoyed John LeCarre and Tom Clancy and a plethora of other novelists.
But the book that’s causing my book hangover, right now, is Laurell K. Hamilton’s newest release, “Kiss the Dead.” No lie, I finished this one in 5 hours. I couldn’t wait! It had been so long since I had spent any quality time with my favorite Federal Marshall and Vampire Executioner that I couldn’t wait to read all about her, and her plethora of boyfriends. It was, as all Anita Blake novels, well written and well done. There are so many characters in this series that I love. Laurell K. Hamilton has fleshed out a lot of the characters so nicely that you feel like you know them all. She truly is a talented artist and I would hope that you would all give her series a try.
People have asked me why I don’t read non-fiction. I do. I read it. I just don’t prefer it. I mean, books are a way to escape into another world. One that is not possible. Laurell K Hamilton writes about vampires and shape-shifters. So does Charlaine Harris. JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts) writes about a homicide detective who works in NYC in the future. Not so far in the future that it would be weird, but they have stuff we don’t have. But these stories, these characters, their dramas and loves and hurts and fights, they take me outside of myself. They submerse me in a different world.
I’ll be the first to admit that my life kinda sucks right now. I’m getting a divorce, I’m living in New Jersey, my job isn’t terrific (I’m thrilled to be employed, though). So, why would I read non-fiction when I can read fiction to escape. Just for a few hours. I don’t want to escape all the time, just for a minute, like a mini-vacation. Everyone needs a mini-vacation sometimes.
And if you can take that mini-vacation with familiar friends, isn’t that a great vacation to have?
So, what authors and book are your favorites? Do you have any? A favored book from childhood or one that surprised you with how good it was when you were forced to read it by some barbaric english teacher? Share your thoughts with us!