Thursday, January 20, 2011

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure as lasting.

Hello, my name is Dawn and I am a reader.

I have been known to let laundry and housework go because I was reading a book. There may have been an occasion or twenty where I forgot to make dinner for my children. (Thank you, Ronald McDonald!) And one time, on a lonely stretch of two lane road in the middle of the cotton fields, I attempted to read while driving. Do not try that! Once, while waiting for CGMan at the airport, I totally missed him walking right up to me because I was trying to lean as far over as I could, to see what book the lady next to me was reading. I almost ended up in her lap. It was totally worth it, though.

My point is, I love to read. Wow tells me I learned to read at an early age, which was very frustrating for my first grade teacher, who was trying to teach me to read. Actually, the frustration stemmed from the fact that I would finish reading and pester chat up the kids around me, delaying their learning progression.

I started reading as a hobby by the time I was in 4th grade. Trips to the library were quite a treat for me. By the time I was 12, I was reading anything I could get my hands on. At the time, Wow didn’t particularly want me reading the books she was reading. You know, the ones with the cover that had a picture of Fabio, sans shirt, and some woman whose boob was ready to pop out of her dress. She would tell me I wasn’t allowed to read them. That didn’t work. Sorry Wow, but I read them.

I’ve never written a book review and I’m not going to try to write one now, I’m only going to tell you about some good books I’ve recently read. Wow sent these to me for Christmas and I haven’t been able to put them down.

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Oh man! Can this lady weave a story!

I wouldn’t say they are mysteries, but they are mysterious. They are about love and family, but are not romances. It’s like finding a journal in your Grandma’s attic. You read it because you want to find out what happened, way back then. It awakens a curiosity you didn’t think you had.

As you read, you pick up little hints as to what is actually going on, but it doesn’t give away anything, rather it draws you in to see if you’re right (which you won’t be). Her characters feel like real people. Like close friends sharing a secret with you.

I’ve read all three. While they are similar writing styles, they are so very different. Each story is it’s own, with it’s own twists and turns that you don’t see coming.

For those of you who are are being snowed in right now, I am so glad I don’t live there would recommend curling up in your favorite chair and read one of these books.

Today, it will be a blustery, cold, snowless 45° and I plan to curl up in my chair to check out all the books on my new Kindle.  And get lost again. The dogs will remind me when it’s time for dinner.

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