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Reading is my Passion

Updated on September 4, 2010

The Joy of Reading

Reading is my Passion

Hmmm! My all-time favorite novel--one I have read repeatedly. Oh my, where do I begin? I have several that I’ve read repeatedly and many more that I consider favorites. I’ve been bitten a couple times by the love bug. The love of my life died when I was twenty eight after only a couple years of marriage. I love the thought of love and being in love , but reading is my passion and I have a real love affair with books.

I don’t exactly know when my love affair with books and reading began. As far back as I can remember I was devouring books. There was a small branch library just around the corner from our house and I spent so much time there that the librarian began to request books from the main library. Today, I have approximately 500 books in my personal collection. I would have more but there is no available space (smile). I received a Kindle for my birthday just so I can begin the process of downsizing (smile). Everyone doesn’t share my love of books buts that is OK. I love enough for all of us.

I have many favorite books and authors and today, as I answer Ken R. Abell’s question, I will share a few of those and the reason I love them. Many of them came to me when I needed its message or the wisdom it provided. Some of course was pure entertainment but the message was just as powerful.

I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for the first time when I was about 12---a little younger than most readers--- but I fell in love with this story and with Jane and Mr. Rochester. It was a tragic love story but one that allowed the reader to see how the human spirit can endure. I’ve re-read this book many, many times. Jane Eyre also caused me to fall in love with historical gothic romance stories and with historical books in general so I went in such of more and discovered Victoria Holt.

Victoria Holt wrote such wonderful works as “House of a Thousand Lanterns”, “Judas Kiss”, “On the Night of the Seventh Moon”, some were more historical mysteries as much as romance. Victoria Holt was a pseudonym and was one of 8 that she used. She published her first novel in the mid 1940’s and by the time of her death in the mid 1990 she had sold more than 100 million books.

In Terry McMillan’s “Mama” I came face to face with a welfare mother trapped in a system that she really didn’t want to be in and her struggle to get out. It was obvious from page one that there was one thing she loved--her children. In one of my favorite scenes Mildred (Mama) is demonstrating her pride in her children as she combs her oldest daughters’ hair. “And when she pulled the brush back and up through the thick clods of nappy hair, she smiled because it was her own hair she was brushing. These kids were her future. They made her feel important and gave her a feeling of place, of movement, a sense of having come from somewhere. Having babies was routine to a lot of women, but for Mildred it was unique every time…” Mama changed my views about a great many things. Like Jane Eyre, I’ve re-read this book several times.

One book that provided a “defining moment” for me was “God on a Harley” by Joan Brady. It was hiding behind some other books on a shelf in a Target store about 15 years ago. When it jumped at me I was drawn to it because of the title. I love God and I love Harley-Davidson Motorcycles soooooo this book was for me. It offered me so much in its message---it (cliché) changed my life.

In recent years I’ve falling in love with Thomas Perry. The first novel I read was “Vanishing Act: A Jane Whitefield Novel”. Jane is a Native American guide who leads people out of danger. People who are in a desperate situations and need to disappear. She is able to do this and give them new identities to boot. Perry is able to bring Jane to life on the pages and you feel as if you are right there with her in each adventure and with each person she is helping. I’ve read all of the Jane Whitefield series but I’ve come back to this one more that once or twice.

Then there is this little book “Dare to Succeed: A Treasure of Inspiration and Wisdom for Life and Career”. I’ve read it many times and refer to it almost every day. It is quite dog-eared.

And, who can deny “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach and the adorable seagull that proved that he could fly.

I am one of "those people" who read the Bible cover to cover and I go to it everyday for strenghth, wisdom and guidance.

I’ve only listed a few but they brought me many hours of joy. I could get lost in the stories and dare to dream about far away places, as well as, be entertain and moved.


Love to all,



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      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      Mariewj....Yes, you are so correct...a love of reading and writing do, very often, go hand in hand. So happy to hear that you like Jane is a wonderful book. Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this hub.

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      mariewj 4 years ago

      I love reading too, although mostly non-fiction these days. However, your mention of Jane Eyre makes me want to go and re-read that again. A love of reading and writing often go hand in hand.

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      samime 5 years ago

      reading is my passion

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      samime 5 years ago

      I love reading come again i love hearing from u

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Thank you Apostle Jack, your words mean a great deal. I do love reading. Come again I love hearing from you.

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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      There is a lot of knowledge to be read about and much to be discovered in this world.You have a head start.

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Thank you Tom for your most kind words. I love reading and writing and I am so appreciative to have found a place to allow me to do both. I am learning so much from reading writer like you.

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      Tom Ware 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Dee aka Nonna, it is natural progression, I think, to go from being an avid reader to an avid writer (without,of course, giving up the former)

      As I read through your Hubs I can easily see that you are a quality writer: excellent grasp of words, smooth writing style. To a certain extent this comes from all that reading; the words are picked up sublimiably and you subconsciously begin to adopt a style akin to those writers you read most, I think.

      You are a relative newcomer to Hubpages but I'm sure you will do well.

      Welcome to the Hubpage community.

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Thanks richtwf for your comment. I agree that JLSeagull should be read by everyone--should be on the required reading list in school--and yes, you are right again--simple story, but powerful message.

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of my favourites and should be read by everyone and not only by those who love to read. It tells a simple story about being an individual and not always following the rest of the crowd. Thanks for sharing your hub. Look forward to reading more.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Good Hub. Thank you for taking a trip down memory lane to answer my question. Not sure you did anything incorrectly. You answered the question by writing a Hub, which is just fine. Blessings.

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Hi Ken R. Abell.... as a new hubber I've may not have done this correctly as I attempted to answer you question. If I did, forgive me, and share with me how to do this for this next time. Thanks for asking the question. It was a wonderful experience thinking back through and re-connecting with my old friends (books).