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Reading is my Passion
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,