When you Google the word “bookworm,” it is my picture that should appear. . . For as long as I can remember, I have loved to bury my nose in a book & lose myself in it. As a child, my mother would kick me outside to play on a nice day & I would find a spot under a tree to read a book & let the rest of the world slip away for as long as I could. . . Back then, I remember reading anything by R.L. Stine (largely all things Goosebumps — which I have discovered my nine-year-old enjoys reading now!) & pretty much every book in The Baby-Sitter's Club series by Ann M. Martin — in fact I was literally part of the club, receiving a regular package in the mail with Babysitter's Club memorabilia, along with the latest book. I had boxes upon boxes of it at one point. . . Then, one day, I just outgrew it. I don't even remember which one of the neighbor kids I gave it all away to — but I do remember passing it all along to someone.
With all of this in mind, it is no wonder that I am finding the Blog-tember Challenge‘s writing prompt of the day to be free-flowing:
“What's on your current reading list? Or what have you read that you recommend?”
As an adult, usually, when the topic of my favorite reads comes up, I am extremely quick to mention my favorite author, Dean Koontz. I got hooked on his writing when I picked up a paperback of “Watchers” several years back. I enjoyed it so much, I binge-read a number of his books & even started collecting the paperbacks. I've lost a lot of them over the years, as I have had to move around quite a bit, but I still have a few sitting on my bookshelf, even though I haven't read them in quite some time. His writing contains a good mixture of mystery & science fiction with theological tones. I love that pretty much all of his books leave me thinking long after I've read the last page. . .
Then, I am also over 60% of the way through “Innocence” by Dean Koontz. Although I love me some him,I got so enamored by the idea of some other books that it took a back-seat, along with “The City” & “The Neighbor” (a short story) both also by Dean Koontz.
It was Diana Gabaldon that I got turned onto — after reading a blog post, believe it or not! I had also seen a few previews for the new Starz series, “Outlander” & thought it looked interesting. However, since I don't subscribe to the Starz channel, I thought nothing of it. I didn't realize that it was based on a book-series until I ran into that post on Cellulite Looks Better Tan. LOL.
I started reading the first book & was hooked instantly. I am currently about half-way through the second book in the series, “Dragonfly in Amber” & my interest has not waned. I am looking forward to making my way through them all. I love that it is such a mix of historical references, along with action & romance. The time-travel aspect just adds to the intrigue, rather than sending it over the top. It's beautifully written & I am thoroughly enjoying reading it.
Also on my list to read, although I haven't started them yet is “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk & “Good in Bed” by Jennifer Weiner. Both of these titles were selected by a group of gals that I am starting to get to know locally. We read “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green & then got together to discuss the book (& plenty of other things!) as a means to get to know each other. Eventually, we will set a date & time to get together to discuss these two selections as well. Once that happens, I will have to temporarily pause my Outlander readings to move on to these. 😉
Now, there are a few things I must mention while on the subject of reading. The first of which is that the handsome husband surprised me with a Kindle Fire HD last Christmas, along with a small Amazon gift card to get me started. I always thought I loved my paperbacks, but I have to admit that I love my kindle even more! I used the gift card to buy a decent case & screen protector & now I carry it with me nearly everywhere! It is so nice to have all of my books literally at my finger-tips. Technology! I love it!
The second thing that must be mentioned is the fact that I also have plenty of other types of reading going on right now too. I am enjoying participating in various blog hops (see the section on my sidebar to the left to see the buttons for all of the link-ups I currently participate in — or intend to participate in soon!) so that I am exposed to other blogs & their authors. It is so interesting to me to be able to read other people's interpretations of real-life occurrences & to get to know them a bit through their writing!
Then, of course, in starting back to college a couple of weeks ago, I also have quite a bit of academic reading; right now, the majority of that stems around the writing process (English 101), women's history in America (History 201), technology (Computer Information Systems 105), & algebra (Math 121). As I am sure you can imagine, some of that is quite dry & some is quite interesting & applicable! LOL.
At any rate, I obviously love reading — at least as much as I enjoy writing! What have YOU been reading? What's on your list to read? What have you read that you just LOVE? Comment below, email me at [email protected], or find me on Facebook. 😉