Thursday, August 23, 2007

In the news

This Yahoo! article caught my eye yesterday - One in four read no books last year. There are actually people that do not read!??!!? How can anyone resist the call of a new adventure while sitting in a comfortable chair? Or the enjoyment of family time spent reading out loud?

I believe that books are food for the soul. So it surprises me that there are people who do not appreciate the rise in heart rate when entering a book store or library. My house is filled with bookshelves and everyone has at least one book they are in the process of reading. And a Christmas wish list from any of us will always include books.

Some of my favorite reads (other then Harry Potter series):
Dean Koontz is read by the entire family so we purchase his books sight unseen, as a new hardback. Odd Thomas is my favorite character. If you enjoy paranormal/suspense type story lines, I highly recommend this series.

During the twice-a-year Friends of the Library book sale, I always look for a book by an author I've never read before. It's an inexpensive gamble. At the sale this past March, I picked up "A Woman's Place" by Barbara Delinsky. It was OK...not great, not terrible...but good enough to try another title by the same author. So I checked out "Three Wishes" from the library.



I love this one! It's a little romantic (yeah, mush) with a little paranormal, and very uplifting (spiritual). I'll definitely be reading more by this author.

Then there is historical fiction. I fell in love with the writings of Gwen Bristow in high school. Celia Garth and Calico Palace....it just doesn't get much better then those two. Of course I read Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Epic novel! (And yes, the mini-series was good too.)

Obviously these are just a few of my favorites but there are so many other possibilities. So why do people not read? I don't get it.

Just turn off the boob tube, open a book, and let your imagination loose!

4 comments:

Isela: Purling Sprite said...

Reading a book is the closest I get to going to a different land. I used to read about 200 books/novels a year but now that I have kiddos and other obligations, my reading has diminished considerably.

Since I like to knit, I have found it a bit difficult to read and knit at the same time. However, I became an audible.com subscriber and now I can listen to my books while I knit--the best of both worlds ;).

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Gloria said...

Lonesome Dove is a very entertaining story. It surprised me that I enjoyed it so much since I really do not care for western novels.

Janet said...

I saw these same statistics and was stunned! I cannot imagine a day without reading. It's always the last thing I do at night, and I have so many books in my house that I shudder to think of the day we move!