Why I Like Reading Books

Honestly, I am truly perplexed by people who say they do not like to read, or that some best seller is the only book they have been compelled to read in years. I could not imagine a life without reading, and it is a way to learn about new subjects, and travel to new places.Many years ago I used to have an addiction to buying mass quantities of books. Going to the book store and ordering books online was my passion, but this was during a time when I was making more money and the economy was much better. I still have a large personal library and have not even read every volume in my collection, but these days I have learned to satiate my craving for a new book by checking these out from the library. The library can be one of the best places in the world because it is free to check out books, movies, and other items if you are a resident, and non-residents can usually do the same for around twenty-five dollars. This is a steal for the latter group because many book stores charge around the same price just to be members of their book clubs, which only give you discounts on purchases within the store. Libraries are humanitarian and ecologically friendly because people read and recycle books. I am heart broken when I see people throw perfectly good books away, so if you are contemplating doing so please consider donating books to the library instead. Donated books are either put in a library's collection, or sold at library bookstores to help generate more revenue for these public branches. With the troubled economy you can really support a local library by keeping circulation numbers up, and also donating any unwanted books, CDs, and DVD's. To me libraries are exquisite because these give the masses access to knowledge, which is the true power force of the mind and the heart.

A bag of books is your cheap passport to new adventures.
A bag of books is your cheap passport to new adventures.

Reading Is Like Watching A Movie

Some of the less avid readers in my life balk that reading is not very entertaining because they would rather watch the action on a flat screen tv, but I find this humorous since I do not even own one of those devices. Do not get me wrong I love movies, but I owe it to my imagination to at least read one or two books a week. A movie shows you everything that is going on, but books activate the mind to visualize and hypothize about the many twists and turns of a plot. However, I have pointed out to my friends that all movies are based on written scripts, which helps to put things into perspective. Everyone has a different genre they prefer with movies, and I find the same to be true with books. I enjoy non-fiction, but over the last two years my favorites books have been historical or cultural fiction. Lately I have been very interested in novels about Polynesian and Middle Eastern characters, but that might just be because those are two of the most interesting places in the world to me.

Often people are dejected if you do not share their love of a particular book genre, and I noticed people have deflated faces when I tell them I cannot stand Harry Potter. I just cannot feign interest in that series, and I always admit that when it comes to kids books I prefer authors such as Lucy Maude Montgomery and Laura Ingles Wilder. I will never love The Little House series as much as my mom who reads it at least once a year, but I have read the entire series a few times and I am still fond of it. Farmer Boy cracks me up because Almanzo was much less disciplined than Laura in that he was constantly grabbing cookies out of the jar. The television series went far off track from the books, even though it included a few actual events Laura left out of her series for kids. Originally Laura had written a longer biography that included more of the actually hardships her family went through, but her publishers encouraged her to take out certain events to make the books more kid friendly. Nevertheless, The Little House series will always be one of my favorites because it is based on the true life experiences of a person that lived in the late part of the nineteenth century. I remember being irritated when my roommate told me her teacher had declared that The Little House books were pure fiction and Laura did not exist in real life, which prompted me to share the real story.  Today there is a Laura Ingalls Wilder Historical Home and Museum, which dedicated to preserving artifacts and documents of that time period.

Current Reading Obsessions

Reading is a constant hobby for me, so I am going to share some of my current favorites. Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald is a delightful romantic story about an Iranian woman by the name of Tamila, or Tami. She is on a ninety day visa to the US and must find a husband if she wants to legally stay in the country. This book reminds me of the 1990 movie Green Card, which is a cute movie to watch if you have not seen it. In college I was a conversation partner with international students learning the English language, so the class Tami attends brought back many memories. This novel is very fantasy like in that how many women are going to met a man at Starbucks who buys them roses after only having just met? However, it is an enjoyable read that I could not put down.

Honolulu by Alan Brennert is a historically rich novel about a young Korean woman named Jin. Her parents name her Regret because they saw her being a girl as a liability, but she changes her name when she moves to Hawaii to become a picture bride. Her husband is a Korean man that has immigrated to Hawaii to work on a sugar plantation, but he is physically and verbally abusive just as her father had been. Jade quickly decides she no longer wants to be treated this way, and surreptitiously moves to Honolulu to start a new life. Brennert does a good job creating a historically accurate novel, but the characters are vivacious and full of life. I truly enjoyed reading Honolulu, but literature of the Pacific also happens to be one of my favorites.

Moloka'i is another historical fiction novel by Alan Brennert. After I read Honolulu I was anxious to get my hands on anything and everything written by Brennert, which lead me to his earlier book Moloka'i, which is the story of a young girl name Rachel that comes down with leprosy in 1890's Hawaii. I love how Brennert looks for uplifting hope and spirit in in the midst of the story of a girl who is condemned to live on Moloka'i simply because she has a disease that is beyond her control. Brennert helps to demystify and add true dimension to the topic of leprosy, which people usually do not even understand today. I highly recommend reading this book, even if novels set in Hawaii are not usually your forte.

I Love A Man In Uniform is Lily Burana's interesting look at the life of being married to a military officer. Lily's insights on being married to a man in the military are interesting and eye opening for those of us that have not served in the armed forces.

The library is full of absorbing books to absorb, so I suggest bounding through those doors for a summer afternoon full of cheap thrills of the literary kind.

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rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

I totally agree, one of the best deals in town and if you live in a hot area the a/c is nice too. That's what is nice about the Internet it has brought back the art of reading and writing, T.V. has done just the opposite.

Regards


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I agree rb11, the Internet is far more entertaining than TV. The AC is definitely good in most public libraries I have been to, which is a good way to save on your utility bills for a few hours each week.


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yamanote 7 years ago from UK/Spain

i think libraries will become a think of the past as devices like the Kindle become ubiquitous


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Well this is not true yamanote because many libraries will continue to be places for people to read, have books clubs, and check out free books.  Libraries are also places where people can check out movies and books on CD and mp3.  Kindle is out of price range for many people, and will never completely replace the joy of holding a good old fashion book in your hands.


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advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

As a mother of three, I am a big fan of the library. We get books and movies every other day! Awesome hub!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Advisor,

You are right about the library being a good way to get books and movies for kids.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I am going to have to read Veil of Roseby - I LOVE the movie Greencard, so if it reminds you of that, I've definitely got to give it a try.  I am a total lover of books, I do still pinch pennies to buy them (I'm no good at returning them most of the time), but I used to live in libraries for about 30 years of my life.  You really can't beat them.  I get books on cd now (used to be books on tape).  Those I'll never buy, I only borrow from the library.  Of course i have four kids that are going to read what I read, and I reference them often as well, so for me, if a book is good enough, I buy it.  And yes, movies too.  The library is a great place to get movies, especially for kids. And the great thing about a library is, if you can't find it, they'll bring it in from somewhere else for you.  Wonderful hub, SweetiePie.

Oh, and love the new profile pic =D.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Freida,

I think Veil of Roses is even cuter than Green Card, so I definitely think you might like it. I used to buy books, but now that I live near a great library I really see no reason to do that anymore. The last time I bought a book the library got it a week later, so ever since then I have been checking books out.


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

It has been a long while since I’ve been to a library. However, I do go to the local bookstore and spend hours there reading and enjoying my photography books, etc….Good article SweetiePie…


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Yeah, I don't blame you. I'd do the same. we used to as well, I'm not quite as comfortable in the one that we live by now. But I've got so much to read it doesn't really matter anymore. lol But those books on tape, I do go there for those!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Nancy,

I still enjoy going to the local Barness and Noble. I see many people ordering coffee there and reading books, so the logic is people will at least purchase refreshments if they do not buy anything. Photography books are great.

Hi Frieda,

I am a little biased as I work at a very beautiful library, and I could never bore with looking at the pretty stain glassed windows there. Some of the smaller county branches I have been to do not have as many books, and back in those days I used to buy more. I still have many I need to read! I understand borrowing books on tape because those are so darn expensive.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Ahhh...talk about books is always so nice! I can't imagine living without my library either...if I don't get there regularly I get real crabby! And L.M. Montgoemry was delightful...abolutely love the Anne of Green Gables stories. :)


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Pete Maida 7 years ago

If someone reads a book and then sees a movie based on the book they are generally disappointed because the movie never has the time to develop the characters. Also people that see a movie without reading the book can sometimes wonder about the motivation of character because so much is cut out. My late sister-in-law retired from the county library. She was an avid mystery reader.


wendy_isaiah 7 years ago

I personally realized alot of the books people spend so much money bying in stores, anyone might find it in your local library.


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Nolimits Nana 7 years ago from British Columbia

Great hub, Sweetiepie.

Much as I love and use our local library, there are some books I just must buy - I like to re-read the good ones. And how can I not buy books that support my hobbies and interests - painting and gardening.

I enjoyed 4 years as a teacher-librarian (before there were budget cuts), and those years were the best of my teaching career. If you can get children interested in reading, they'll be set for life! My 2 daughters are still avid readers.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Feline,

Libraries are so great, so I am glad you get what I mean.

Pete,

When I state to reading a book is like watching a movie I meant by getting wrapped up in the storyline, and I often say this to people who are not very avid readers. Those who do not enjoy reading need some motivation to get started, and when they learn that books can be more engrossing than a movie usually they are hooked. Of course the books are usually always better than the movie, with a few rare exceptions. The Notebook was one of those movies where the film was actually a little bit better than the book. Do not get me wrong the book was good, but there was such more tension in the movie.

Wendy,

That is what happened to me in the past. However, I am saving a lot of money now!

Nolimits Nana,

I agree some books do need to be purchased to be read again, and again, and again. I think it would be enjoyable to be a teaching librarian, so it sounds like you had a great experience giving kids the love of reading.


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA

This hub is a great reminder about the public library- easy, convenient and free for borrowing books, movies and audio recordings too. I love the library.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

I love the library and we have one two blocks away. My kids and I are constantly going back and forth, especially now that they have the summer reading programs going on. Libraries are awesome!!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Journey,

Yes the library is a deal that cannot be beat.

Triplet Mom,

I used to love the summer reading programs as a kid, which gave us something fun to look forward too. I am glad your kids are benefitting from it alo


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Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

Great hub,..Gosh I love reading too, Laura Ingalls Rocked !! But Dean Koontz is my top guy,..However I read The Shoemaker based on a true story,.That book still haunts me 5 years later.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Dean Kontz has written some good books. I have only read Intensity and books like that usually scare me too much, but his writing style is very good!


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ajm5050 7 years ago from NY

I take my nephew to the library quite often and he really enjoys every visit. It’s also the library where we found his old favorite “The Wiggles” and you just will not find a better deal than the library. I think it was Bill Gates who credited having the accessibility of a nearby library much to his success in later life. If you want your kids to become the next Bill Gates, take them to the library :) Thanks for the great read SweetiePie~


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Agree with BC, beautiful new avatar :)

We too have great fun at our local library, we go at least once a week. Every Wednesday there is a storyteller who sweeps us away with her stories. She has a story for every age group, including parents, listening to her makes me feel like I am a little child again!


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Stickyfoot 7 years ago

Very nice hub. For me the library is a long lost friend. I find myself straying for months on end without even a thought of a visit. Everytime I do go back I wonder why I stayed away so long. Thank you for reminding me what a pleasure it is.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

ajm5050,

Very good point you make about taking kids to the library. Parents and other relatives who do that for kids help to promote literacy, and overall those kids have fewer difficulties with subject matter in school. Very good point about Bill Gates!

Badcompany,

Thanks for the compliment on my avatar. Yes the library is a fun place :).

Princessa,

Appreciate the nice comment about my avatar :). It sounds like you have a very amazing story teller at the local library. I just love the library, even after all of these years.

Stickyfoot,

The good thing about libraries are that these will always be around when you do get around to going back.


Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

I love to read. I have also found that my children love to go to the library and check out books. We find our time at the library as quality time.

This is a great hub!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub!


Erick Smart 7 years ago

I used to spend quite a bit of time buying books as well. Now I do prefer to get them from the library and I only end up purchasing those I really love and want to read over and over again. I also got a Kindle and get the classics that are on public domain for reading whenever I want.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Erick, I have browsed a few of the books in their entireity on Google Book search, but hear soon it will be changing its policies about how much of books can be posted.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I LOVE to read. It is my all time passion. But checking them out of the library is hazardous in our house. My family is known for moving things and losing them. I've had to replace a couple of library books already. One of these days I'll have my own reading room to keep them and lock the door :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

RGraf,

Yes many people with a large number of kids tell me the same thing. One suggestion I have is that your family can buy really cheap books at the library bookstore, and then you will not have to worry about turning these back in.


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weblog 7 years ago from 1India

Yes, all movies are based on written scripts. Here in India, the film makers(who are not script writers) are always accused for not respecting good script writers and hopefully now the time has come for them to realise the necessity of good reading and writing which has to be basic quality for them.

Nice hub SweetiePie, by the way I like your new avatar pic and the 100 hubscore looks fine.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

weblog,

I really want to try and watch more Indian movies because the script writing is always good.  I actually really enjoy movies because it helps you to appreciate how well some of these are written.  Many authors love seeing their books turned into movies because then they can have more people watch their characters and read their books.

Thanks for the comment on my new picture.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

SweetiePie, I've been to the library every 3 weeks since I've been about 3 years old. I remember my 1st trip to the library when my mother said I could take home any book I wanted! The wow factor has never left me. I love the library!

I like your new avatar. You always look so friendly and nice.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Dolores, Thanks for the comment on my avatar. I think you look very nice too by the way! The library is so much fun, even as an adult working there I never get tired of it.


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LRobbins 7 years ago from Germany

Great hub and yeah for libraries! Glad to find another library lover, plus they're environmentally friendly!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

LRobbins,

I definitely do enjoy libraries. Glad to hear you enjoy these too, and yes these are environmentally friendly. Why buy a book you may not even read?


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VincentMontenegro 7 years ago

Thank you for this Hub. I had read it a while ago, had lost it, and now refound it. Just one more comment to add to the many above. The Public Library was Ben Franklin's brilliant invention, I believe,...and something you come to appreciate most when you are in a country that doesn't have them.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Libraries are one of the most vital institutions in any nation because these are repositories for learning. Ben Franklin was right about quite a few things I must add.


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

Thank you Ben Franklin!I love to read and I have collected too many books over the years.I should have been happy just borrowing them from the library.I guess I got spoiled when we had a chance to buy books from a club they had in school called the Scholastic Book Club.Does anyone remember.The library was always run by cranky old ladies who never seemed happy.If you asked them questions you bothered them.So I continued to stay away even though my love for books grew.I would not let anything or anyone interfere with my greatest love and passion.I have since returned to the library and it is so much better now.It is so hard to break old habits of collecting and buying books.I can still here those old ladys voices in my head.I loved your hub.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Dream on,

There are some really great libraries with great librarians out there, and I can say I know this for a fact :). I always enjoyed talking to librarians as a child, but I think a lot of that had to do with my always spending time there at lunch.


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

I hope you found the time to stop and have a great Thanksgiving.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yes I had a very nice Thanksgiving. Thank you for asking :).


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SaMcNutt 6 years ago from Englewood, CO

Yay for Librarys. Nice post.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

As a bibliophile and a library civil servant I just have to put the word out. Support your local libraries!

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