Monday, July 18, 2011

I remember…

...my love of reading. I used to read with a flashlight under my covers staying up way too late anticipating the next move of whichever main character I was following.

I read books that got cancelled from reading lists in school.

I still have my senior year lit book because I loved the stories in it.

Somewhere after high school, I’m not sure when, I stopped reading. Maybe not stopped completely, but definitely slowed down in intensity. It’s unfortunate, really. There’s nothing I enjoyed more than losing my imagination within pages and pages of written word. The way an author can twist and turn… expressions of color and movement that become completely clear in my mind’s eye… the thrills of knowing that I figured out “who done it” before the author reveals them…

*sigh*

One of the reasons I put #71 on the list: Read 10 books that I haven’t read on my bookshelf is because of my lack of reading. I too often choose to sit in front of a tv or (more likely) a movie. I allow someone else’s imagination to take me on a journey instead of letting my own paint pictures.

How boring.

Well, no more! I’m renewed in my decision to read and actually read 3 books last week (in 2.5 days) =o) The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay all by Suzanne Collins. I was going to check them off as books 4, 5, & 6 on the list, but didn’t since I ended up being given one and borrowing the other two about 500 days after the list was created. Not books already on my shelves, you see…

But I’m determined to read more whether on my shelf or not…

Any suggestions?

4 comments:

Amber Lee said...

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Mm, such a good one! The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card, if you're into sci fi even a little bit. And anything by Barbara Kingsolver. She's my favorite author.

Reading is one of those things that once you get back into it, you'll never, ever regret it. Good luck :)

G Money said...

I went through a reading resurgence earlier this year. Unfortunately, I hit a small bump in my frequency of reading, but I did purchase a handful of new books, along with finding a lot on my shelves still demanding my attention.

Currently, I'm working my way through "The Pursuit of Silence". So many fascinating things to consider that I will try to summarize into some future blog posts. I also just ordered the 2nd Hunger Games book, so I look forward to that soon too!

Anonymous said...

It could be that you´re not a reader - you are a novelist, an author:-)
For myself I really enjoyed your lines. Think about it!

pbNjenny said...

i just finished reading the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society by mary ann shaffer and annie barrows. i got lost in powell's (this fantastic bookstore in portland, or) and it was one that i purchased there...i highly recommend it (the book and the bookstore)!