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The Enjoyment of Reading

Updated on March 27, 2012

One of today's questions was, Do you still read hard copy versions of newspapers, magazines and books or do you only read online? I only read the newspaper on line. Other wise it's in magazine or book form. In face, I read quite a bit.

I love to soak in a nice hot bubble bath with a glass of soda, candles burning and enjoying whatever book it is that I happen to be reading at the time. Other times I curl up on the couch, the lamp on the end table is on casting just enough light to read with the house nice and quiet I let the story take me away to far off places, on new adventures, meeting people, crying with them , laughing with them and loving them.

I began reading in 5th grade. First was Nancy Drew, next came The Hardy Boys, then onto The Bobbsey Twins. I've been reading ever since. I love true crimes, romance, mysteries, science fiction, biographies, anything from preteen to adult stories. I recall when I was a young adult I read a series about a family in Montana, The C alder's. These stories made me fall in love with Montana and I plan to one day take a trip, to see their majestic mountains, marvel at the clear blue sky, breath in the fresh air and revel in Montana's beauty.

Prior to seeing the mini series, The Thorn Bird's I read the book, it made Australia come alive for me. I've dreamed about visiting Australia, seeing a kangaroo, holding a koala, visiting a zoo, walking in the outback, going to Sydney and other parts of the country. All these desires arose from reading and escaping into the stories. Have you ever read a book that inspired you? A story that touched your heart? Made you laugh and cry at the same time?

I just completed the last book to be published in the Sookie Stackhouse series that the HBO show True Blood is based off. I am hoping there will be more books. I completed the Twilight series and have seen the first 3 movies. Both these series have shared a different view of vampires, in fact, I wouldn't mind meeting one or two. Then there's Harry Potter who was loved by young and old alike. I wish that Hogwarts truly existed. Can you imagine what a glass of Butter Beer tasted like. What about wearing the invisibility cloak and wandering around without anyone knowing you were there. I form my own images of what the characters resemble, what color their eyes are, the shape of their nose, texture of their hair, my imagination runs wild sometimes and as I turn each page I am entertained my the varies thoughts and images they provoke.

I am now in the middle of the 9th Judgement, by James Patterson. This is from his women's murder mystery series. They entertain me and intrigue me. I find myself telling the characters what to do, where to go, how to proceed with their investigation and telling Lindsay that Joe is wonderful be careful and don't make any mistakes. The excitement and anticipation of turning the next page, of setting the book aside at the end of the night, having to wait until tomorrow is suspenseful. It's reminds me of those television shows that say continued and now you wait for the next episode. Yes, the suspense is worth the wait.

My interests recently led me to begin a story, The Shack, which was recommend many times over by members of two retreat groups I volunteer with. I've been told that my view of God will be enhanced , I will witness the art of adversity through the Mack and will be changed more than I anticipated. I believe this is a book I will need to present a hub on if that is the case. You'll just have to wait and see.


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      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      Becky I can understand and am glad that you're able to read without your hands hurting. Do you have any favorite books? Authors?

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I had to go to Kindle only after I had merve damage in both hands. It was just too painful to hold a book for more than five minutes. The Kindle is smaller, lighter and easier to hold. I do not get the pains.

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      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      Thank You Xstatic. I would also miss the bookstores and the libraries as well. I can't imagine that I will go electronically via reading anytime soon if ever. Read away!!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A very good and thought provoking Hub! My daughter gave me an IPAD2 for Christmas, and my wife got the bill for our local newspaper yesterday. My wife speculated that we could save money and recycling time (and my newspaper clutter) by just reading it online. My immediate response was negative. I am not ready to give up my newspaper or my books yet, and have not downloaded anything to read yet on the IPAD. I probably will get some books after I read the stacks on the shelf, but I would really miss bookstores if they went away.