This is my basement. Actually, this is one corner of my basement – there are three, really. The desk/library, the sewing/fabric stash, and the tv/sofa. But this is the corner that I’m sitting in right now, and this is the corner that is the topic of the post. I follow a blog called La Vie En Rosie, by Carrie of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. (home of some truly awesome patterns). A few days ago, her post included a few questions about reading, and it’s been on my mind ever since.
I love to read. I can’t remember not reading. In kindergarten, the teaches stuck me on a stool with the Weekly Reader (anyone remember those?) and I read to the class while the teachers had coffee. I mostly read fiction, although I’ve enjoyed a few biographies and other non-fiction. I enjoy a variety of genres, including mysteries, thrillers, chick lit, romance, sci fi, and even the occasional YA. I tend toward lighter reading, although I have quite a few “should read” books waiting on the shelves.
I devour books; I read very quickly and I usually read a book straight through. For example, the Michael Crichton books Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Sphere and Congo each took almost exactly four hours to read. I love the Harry Potter books, and I read each one in a single sitting. That includes the one that I found at my front door at 8:00 p.m., started immediately, and finished at 3:00 in the morning.
My favorite books include The Time Traveler’s Wife (I’m not sure I could bear to see the movie), Ender’s Game, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Last Unicorn, Gods in Alabama, and A Ring of Endless Light. When I find an author I like, I keep going back until I run out of books. Some authors that I read are Joshilyn Jackson (who has an awesome blog, Faster Than Kudzu), Lee Child, Robert Parker, Robert Crais, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Diane Mott Davidson, Nevada Barr, Janet Evanovich, Dick Francis, L.M. Montgomery, Richard Russo, Douglas Adams, Orson Scott Card, Jennifer Weiner, Madeleine L’Engle, Diana Gabaldon, Andrew Greeley, Kathy Reichs…
I like to give books as gifts to all of my cousins’ children, and I like to read the books first. That means I’ve read a surprising number of children/Young Adult books. My favorite series for young adults is the Tomorrow series by John Marsden, about a group of teens in Australia who come home from a week camping to find that the country has been invaded.
So who else out there enjoys reading? What do you read? Do you have any suggestions? Do you belong to a book club, and do you recommend it? Do you read anything that others might consider unusual?
By the way, if you click on the photo above you’ll go to the Flickr page, which has notes on the photo.