Life

Why I Love to read

Do you love to read? Raise your hand, high! 🙂

That’s me! I can’t remember when this love of reading first took hold of me, I honestly can’t remember not being able to read, or not loving it. Yes, you read that right–I’ve loved reading as long as I can remember!

I think I must have inherited it. Maybe even from both sides of my family. My one Grandma always had books to read, every time I went to her house, I’d borrow one or two. She got me started on reading Janette Oke books, and it went from there! 🙂 My other Grandma would give me a book for my birthday. I still have most of those, and consider them treasures. The first one she gave me was Eloise Wilkins’ “Poems to Read to the Very Young”, for my 5th birthday. (To this day, I can recite many of those poems)

Some of my earliest memories of going to the library include getting a huge stack of whatever series I was in the middle of then. One of the first sets I remember reading was The Bobbsey Twins. I think that must have been First or Second Grade.

Why do I love reading? So many reasons! 🙂 I ‘d also love to hear from you, tell me why you like to read!

Reading gives me an adventure. I am able to experience other countries, time periods, and so much more, without leaving the comforts of my own home. It’s an escape. If life is busy, or difficult, or whatever, it gives you a chance to forget about all of that for just a bit.

I love learning, and I think reading is such a fun way to do this! You can learn history (American, Bible, or whatever) in a way that makes it easier to remember.

Reading challenges me. Most of the books I read are Christian fiction, and reading a book in this genre helps me to get lessons and examples in a way that I might not really think of otherwise. Character and just life in general is displayed in such a way that I can’t help but want to improve things in my own life.

Of course, as with anything in life, there are also downsides of reading. Like I said earlier, reading is an escape. This doesn’t mean you should use it to escape what you know you need to do. Or to try and just forget about your own life completely! I’ve had to set myself some firm guidelines as to when is the right time to read! 😉 One thing that I’ve found is helpful for me is to make my Bible reading & time with God first priority. I do much better at getting my work done if I don’t even pick up a fiction read until I sit down for lunch.

I’d also like to share with you about some good books I read recently. (I’m not doing this as often as I’d hoped to, just because life goes on, and it remains crazy busy!!)

If you like Christian fiction, suspense in particular, than I ask you, have you read any of Dani Pettrey’s books? Her first book Submerged, came out only about 5 years ago. There are a total of five in that set, and now she has two more books in another series. I am a huge fan of her books! She has realistic characters, suspense, a bit of danger, and more! Here’s an exciting thing–right now, you can get the ebook version of Submerged on Amazon for FREE!

This brings me to another question–do you like reading books on kindle (or other readers)? I have a kindle app on my phone. I have many books on it that I’ve gotten for free (yes, you read that right–many authors do this, have a short time period where you can get them on Amazon for free!). It’s a way to read something you might not get a chance to otherwise. BUT….yes, this is it. I don’t like reading books on my phone. 😦 It’s just not the same as a real book! I think it could be more convenient, in certain times and places, say on an airplane, or any other road trip. But the pages! They’re so small, you have to be turning the page, or flipping, rather, all. the. time. I really do like reading an actual book, holding it in my hand, much better! So I find myself neglecting the books on my kindle app.

Good book I read recently:

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron.

I’ve read three other books by this same author in the past month. I really like this author’s style of writing. It’s intriguing and captivating. I’d been waiting to read this book, and finally got it from the library. Maybe my expectations were too high. I didn’t immediately like this book, as I did her others. It took  a bit for me to get into the story. But once I finally “got it”, I couldn’t put it down! 🙂 The main character, entirely fictional, is an illusionist who trained under Harry Houdini. Because of her early life, and then her chosen career, she doesn’t trust anyone. She can’t let anyone into her heart because they might uncover her deepest secrets, But when the FBI ask her to help them solve a case, she has to let down her guard. This book has mystery, and although parts of the ending are a little predictable, there are twists in getting there that were entirely unexpected. I appreciated the insight it gave into that time period, and the tiny bits and pieces about that whole (mysterious) career of being an illusionist. This is definitely a good read!

 

Can I also tell you about a book that I don’t recommend? Yes, I read one recently that I really didn’t like. I think that it should be ok to give both kinds of reviews, although, usually (at least in book reviews), only the positive ones are given.

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner. I should have read more about this one before I started. And after I started, I kind of wanted to see where the author was going with the story, so I kept reading it. But I didn’t really care for it.

(Now, if you’re at all like me, this might intrigue you just enough to want to read it anyway! 😉 Yes, I’m contrary like that. Unless you tell me a specific thing about a book, so I know without a shadow of a doubt that I won’t like it, I’ll probably still have to go and try it for myself…)

But about this book. It’s written from the premise that the main character has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Do you believe in ghosts? Cuz I don’t! I just don’t think that our God allows our spirits to linger here after death! I don’t mind reading books that I know couldn’t possibly be true, but this, well this was a stretch, even for me. What the main storyline is about is when she (main character) goes to visit an old historic ship and encounters a ghost that she believes is telling her to uncover a long-hidden mystery. The story goes back and forth between the modern day character, and some other people escaping from the Nazis in World War II.

I’ve been trying to find good books for my oldest daughter to read, and this was one that I definitely recommended her not to read (I don’t think it would’ve even grabbed her interest at all). (There are also some details from WW II that I think are too graphic for young readers.)

Now, I’d like to hear from you! 🙂

Good book you’ve read recently? Favorite author?

I’m always on the lookout for new books to read! 🙂

 

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