Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Books

My Mom took me to the library a lot. I was in the summer reading club for 12 years and received a gold medal my senior year. We went for all the summer movies. But most of all we went for books. I loved books. I loved to read. My Mom had a knack for picking out the best books. We'd go our separate ways and I may have found one or two books that looked interesting. My Mom would come around the corner with a stack of the cutest books ever. They were always about cats or something cute that we could relate too. And they were always, always the best loved stories. We'd leave the library with five or six books. I would read them cover to cover in a day or two, and we'd return for more. Sometimes I was so engrossed in the story I couldn't put the book down. My eyes were tired. My arms ached from holding the book. Yet I read on until the story was finished. Then moved on to the next book.

I was about eleven or twelve when I started reading Stephen King. Now those were some real books!! And once I started reading, I'd become so involved I couldn't put it down. Many nights I stayed up until 4:00 AM to finish the book I had started that day. I remember reading Pet Sematary and it scared me to death the first time!! Someone gave us a box of books and in it I found "If There Be Thorns" by V.C. Andrews. I read it in about a day and was hooked. I was desperate to find the other books in the series!! I read those Flowers in the Attic books from cover to cover, over and over again. The Heaven books also. I still have them. I re-read them all just a few years ago and I still loved them.

Now, I barely find the time to read. And when I do, nothing interests me as much. Maybe I was in need of an escape. Or maybe it was the fantasy I enjoyed. I just haven't found anything that grabs my attention like it did back then. Clint gave me a copy of Twilight for Christmas. I'm about halfway through it. It's okay enough to read, but I don't get what all the hype is about. The banter between Bella and Edward is annoying. I guess it's supposed to be witty, but as I'm reading I'm thinking get on with it... I'm still reading it though in hopes that it gets better. I have New Moon to read next. I'll let you know.

5 comments:

  1. I am going to start Twilight tonight... I figured I would jump right in to the craze while I have time. Glad to know you are not loving it like all the others - I have a feeling it is really not for me. Now I won't be alone :)

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  2. I'm a huge reader too. I think I spent at least half my childhood in the library.

    I do like the Twilight books, although I'm not a huge Edward fan. Their relationship strikes me as a little too creepy... a man who climbs in your window at night to watch you sleep isn't romantic, he's a stalker.

    Have you tried the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris? If you like vampires, they're good.

    Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie is the funniest romantic comedy I think I've ever read. And I just deleted a bunch more suggestions here, since you didn't ask for them :) But if you're ever bored, I love to talk books!

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  3. Oh my -- this was my exact reading history! Stephen King at the same age (young, no?!) and for me, this first book was Cujo. Then was Pet Semetary, and I don't think I slept for a week! VC Andrews came soon after... and boy, those incest themes? Yeah, they are way in the Twilight books, too. Twilight is like junk food... you can't stop reading and then you feel terribly about yourself afterward! :-)

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  4. PS: If Bella is already annoying you, she only gets worse! Jacob gets cool in the second book. His only drawback is that he likes Bella.

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  5. I also lived in the library for much of my youth. I loved V.C. Andrews the real V.C. Andrews; after she died and they had a ghost writer her books were never the same.

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