One of my all time favourite pastimes is reading.
I didn’t always enjoy reading, in fact, it wasn’t until the sixth grade that I started reading for pleasure. I have my elementary school friends, Margit and Shelly, to thank for this as it was they who got me hooked on to Sweet Dream romance novels. Back in my day, Sweet Dream books were very popular and all my friends were reading them. After borrowing one to try, I instantly became addicted. I started taking the books out from the library, buying them myself with allowance money and swapping books with my friends – anything so that I could read the next one. There was an entire collection of them. Since then, I have never stopped reading, nor have I stopped loving to read.
I’d like to think that, since grade school, I have matured. I am no longer so interested in the romance novels. Those type of reads have their moments but I think I’ve read enough of them to last me a lifetime. When you get enough romance in your marriage you don’t need to escape into an imaginary world of love. The real thing is so much better. Instead, what interests me now are books that allow me to feel or live the trials of the others. Although hubby thinks I just like to read about other people’s dysfunctional lives, real or imaginary, it’s more than just that. I find that reading about other people’s trials and tribulations helps me to be a more understanding and compassionate person. Being able to put yourself in the shoes of others, so to speak, allows you to learn from them. The more we learn and are able to sympathetic with each other, the better we will get along.
Do I read anything other than fiction? Um, there are times when I feel I should be reading more books in the field of my profession to keep up with the latest trends but I’m not as motivated to read non-fiction. I’d rather attend workshops for new learning in my field, because, honestly, I’m a multi-sensory learner and learn best when I can hear, see, feel and do. Just reading about a new program or strategy isn’t enough. I need to see it in action and understand it’s benefits. That’s just me.
Anyways, enough babbling about my love for reading! What I really want to do is share with you two new books I currently have in my possession. (Don’t worry. I’m not selling anything. Just sharing some book love.)
Right now, I am reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The story peaked my interest within the first few pages of the book. When a book does this to me, I know it’s going to be good. If interested, you can click on the link below for a brief synopsis of the story line.
At the same time, I’m excited to start reading Cutting For Stone by Braham Verghese as part of an on-line book club I’ve recently joined. If interested, hop on over to The Sassy Classy Book Club and check it out! You just may want to become a member too. The link below will offer you a brief synopsis of this book as well.
Happy Reading, my friends!