Why I Read

A cheaper form of entertainment.

Sure. If you are getting the books for free.

I have to keep reminding myself to go to the library.

I have always loved to read. I read Forever by Judy Blume when I was either in junior high or early high school. I picked it up because it was Judy Blume. Come on, we all loved Superfudge. I remember thinking it was a good thing my mom didn’t know what the book was about. But I couldn’t stop reading it.

I once bought this book at duty free in the Shannon Airport in Ireland because I had already read the one book I had taken. This book was full of mystery, sex, maybe vampires, a count, a castle. It was weird and not what I usually read. Definitely not chic lit. But it was a great book. Probably the first book by a non American author I had ever picked up that wasn’t on a reading list in college. I loaned it to someone and never got it back. I can’t remember what it was called.

I was sent to Japan via San Fransisco from Chicago. I only took with me Where the Heart Is to read on this entire trip. I thought I wouldn’t need anything else. I could not fall asleep in that cramped space. I watched all 4 movies and read the entire book before ever landing in Japan. I never made that mistake again.

For the longest time, Nicholas Sparks was my favorite author. I read all of his books as soon as they came out. And did not watch the movies. I haven’t read the last few. They kind of all have the same theme. Which was all right for awhile.

I am a huge fan of chic lit. Mary Kay Andrews was a favorite. I can always read those beach read kind of books.

I didn’t read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe until college. I also tried to read the entire collection years later, but did not like the first book at all. The movies are great.

Some of my favorite books have been the Harry Potter series. But never thought I would have liked fantasy books. I have never watched the movies. I also think she could have left out The Cursed Child. It wasn’t the best. She also continues her knack to entertain as Robert Galbraith with the Cormoran Strike series starting with The Cuckoo’s Calling. What happened to Lethal White last year? And now it doesn’t even show that it is scheduled for this year at all.

I also highly enjoyed the Hunger Games series and loved the movies too. Again, I never thought I would like that dystopian future category but also liked the Divergent series.

But what I have learned by following along with the Popsugar reading challenge, is that I read books now all over different genres. And have read some really great books I might never have heard of otherwise (as I keep saying). At first I did not like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But then I couldn’t stop reading and had it read within 2 days. I loved that he painted the picture so well, I couldn’t imagine being there even though I have never seen pictures of Sweden at all.

I now have this dream of having my own used bookstore. Anyone want to be a silent partner or come run that with me? I don’t think that books will ever truly be dead. I still prefer them over the tablet and just use that when I can get a good deal on a book.

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