Great liberties taken from the Movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" with that title
Hearing those words shock me, every time. How can people not enjoy reading? To me, that's like saying you don't enjoy breathing. First I react with shock, and then puzzlement - how is such a thing possible? Then pity - why wouldn't you want to read? To lose yourself inside the cover of a book is truly like living another life.
Pity I think is where I reside the most. I truly love reading. I don't feel complete if I haven't read, at least a little bit, every day.
My mom read all of the time, and I picked it up as soon as I could. I've read my entire life - and I am still a voracious reader. I think it's absolutely one of the best things you can do, to lose yourself in a book. I mean really, really lose yourself in a book, so that when you put the book down, it takes a minute for your eyes to focus and your attention to come back. When you pause throughout the day, you find yourself imagining the next steps for the characters in that book, what will happen, how the conflict will be resolved.
A great author can do this. Here are some of my most favorite books, in a few ranges, with explanations. I'd love to have you share yours with me. (They are linked to Amazon, but I am not savvy enough to have affiliate links set up, so I won't make annnnnnnnyyyy money off of any purchases - I just did it so it would be easier for you to find them.)
1 - Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton-Porter
When I was in 6th grade, I was super awkward. I had braces and big, coke bottle glasses, tons of acne, ugly old fashioned clothes, and a big fat mouth that never knew when to shut up; you know, basically a walking stereotype of someone to poke fun at. And people did, in spades. I went to the library of my school (which was a school I went to for one year, to take care of some overcrowding and while we waited for our new school to be built - and now that school is being rebuilt as a historic apartment complex, being that the school was built in 1942 and all) for refuge, and became friendly with the librarian. I took books with me everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. I read all kinds of books, and the librarian recommended this one to me, as it was one of her favorites. I inhaled this book, and I do mean INHALED it. And then I renewed it. And renewed it again, and again, and all year long, that book was in my possession. I read it and then started again as soon as I finished. Several years ago, I gave this book to my oldest daughter, who also loved it, as did my second daughter.
2 - Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
Oh my God, did this book slay me. I loved it, and gave it to my older girls, who loved it as well. In fact, this past week I discovered the book when we were switching bedrooms around, and I excitedly passed it on to my 14 year old voracious reader, who wrinkled up her nose and said, "Blah" - but hasn't yet read it - and my older girls told her that she simply HAD TO READ IT.
3 - Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon - and the companion series
We all know I love this series more than is holy. I cannot say anything here that I haven't already said 500 times. I have read the first book at least 12 times, the 2nd-4th at least 10 times, and the rest several times. I'm on the fan pages. I read the excerpts. I follow the tv show, etc. etc. etc. If you haven't read it, do, but if you find the first 50 pages slow going, persist and keep at it. This series has everything you might want - excitement, time travel, history, lots of (married) sex, intrigue, jealousy, and more.
4 - I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes
Described as the best covert ops/terrorism/murder/thriller ever written, I literally could.not.stop.reading this book. It grabbed me, after a bit of confusion in the beginning, and when you realize the actual method of mass murder the killer chooses - well, you will see certain choices you make for your own health in an entirely new, and extremely plausible, light. READ.
I can't nominate one - I just can't. I have read almost everything he's written and I loved (almost) all of it. A couple of them were so scary I couldn't read them again, and only two of them (Lisey's Story and Cell) I just couldn't read - they were too much, right from the start. He is literally one of the best writers I've ever read and just - wow.
6 - Shadows of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
So I belong to this service, web site, newsletter, what have you, called Book Bub. I receive daily emails with cheap, and in some cases, free, downloads. I usually snag one or five a week, and when I saw this one, and read that it has been recommended by Stephen King - well, I snapped it up. I am 1/4 of the way through it, and so far, I love it. If you like to read, the premise of the Cemetary of Forgotten Books will intrigue you, the descriptors will grab you, and the story will stay with you.
7 - The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
One of those books that stays with you, and one that is all too possible in the current world situation.
So, how many have you read? What will you look for today? What would you add? Any of these you hated? Lay it on me.